CINCINNATI—"Rapid. Right. Reliable." Sur-Seal's motto serves as the foundational principles for everyone at the custom sealing solutions company.
"Embracing the motto 'Rapid, Right, Reliable' is what makes the culture here at Sur-Seal truly unique," said Ryan Patterson, a second shift area leader.
"Our team understands that our flexibility and ability to make quality parts makes us a dynamic tool in meeting our customers' supply chain needs. No one complains about an expedited timeline for a job. They embrace the challenge and do whatever they must to ensure that our customers' parts are out the door."
Sur-Seal's focus on culture has led it to being named one of Rubber & Plastics News' Best Places to Work for 2019 as determined by its employees through a survey conducted by Best Companies Group.
Creating a positive work environment is not just about having a well-maintained facility with a top-notch safety program, even though Jenna McHugh, vice president of human resources, said Cincinnati-based Sur-Seal has that too.
There is a trusted executive leadership, led by CEO and President Larry Faist, who she said are hands-on and approachable and believe in transparent communication.
"Our mid-level leadership treats people with respect and continues the chain of communication with daily huddles throughout the company," McHugh said.
She added that through new hire orientation and coaching, employees have a good understanding of what is expected of them in the company values of "Caring, Curious and Courageous."
To allow team members to take on the company values, Sur-Seal supports continued training and education. It has a tuition reimbursement program and also offers internal on-the-job training for new hires, McHugh said. The firm allows employees who wish to change roles within the company to shadow someone already in that position.
There are currently 232 employees.
"There is a lot of respect shown and given to one another here. There is also a profound amount of professionalism displayed throughout the whole company," said Kyle Rader, material control team leader.
Maria Ernstes, human resource specialist, shared a similar sentiment.