- Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer
Worthington Steel is looking to hire entry level, full-time positions at its Butler County location.
The company was founded in 1955 when John McConnell saw an opportunity for custom-processed steel and purchased his first load of the material by borrowing $600 against his 1952 Oldsmobile. McConnell then used that money to start Worthington Industries in Columbus.
The company’s facility on Lawton Avenue in Monroe is one of 21 steel processing plants in North and Central America and has been part of the community since 1976, according to Michael Perry, the company’s human resources manager.
We asked Perry about Worthington’s plans from growth, how it faces its biggest challenge and what its plans are for the next five years. Here’s what he had to say:
Q: What’s your staffing level now and how many new jobs are being added? What’s the breakdown between full-time and part-time?
A: “We currently have seven openings in the plant. All positions are entry level and full-time. Starting pay is approximately $40,000 in total compensation. Benefits, which include an outstanding medical package, start on day one. Our operation is guided by a people-first philosophy and culture that is driven by the Golden Rule. It sounds simple, but treating people the way we want to be treated is how we operate.”
Q: What are the biggest challenges your company and others in your industry face these days? How is your company uniquely positioned to address that challenge?
A: “One of our biggest challenges is correctly identifying what we have to do now to be competitive for top talent in the future when the workforce is estimated to be significantly smaller. We’re uniquely positioned to address this challenge because we have a terrific story to share with candidates. At Worthington, candidates are offered an opportunity to learn and grow their career. We hire people for their attitude, drive, team mentality and cultural fit. From there, we teach skills as we go. For example, all five of our current supervisors at Monroe are home grown. Each started on the shop floor in entry positions. Three of those supervisors used the Company’s education assistance program to earn their Bachelor’s degrees.”
Q. What’s the most prevalent roadblock the company encounters when it comes to hiring and what can jobseekers do to remedy that situation?
A: “Our biggest roadblock in the hiring process is encountering people who are simply looking for a job. We really want candidates who are interested in building a future with us. People who are willing to share their ideas, help us innovate, continuously improve and grow as a company. We may be hiring for an entry level position today, but the expectation is that we’re helping build the foundation of skills and experience to fill future roles and responsibilities tomorrow. We want candidates who appreciate our values and embrace Our Philosophy, which is as important to us as the safety of our employees and the quality of our products. Those values are what make Worthington a great place to work.”
Q. What’s the vision for the company’s growth in the next five years?
A: “The vision for our facility over the next five years is to continue to earn money for our shareholders and increase the value of their investment by being the best in the world at what we do every single day. Additionally, we will continue to invest in our people, our most important asset, by leading with world class safety and a culture that is the driving force for making Worthington Industries a very special place to work and grow.”