Safety is key at MetalTek

By Andrea Fencl - Freeman Staff

June 23, 2017

 MetalTek International General Manager Eric Skibo gives a thumbs-up as he expresses his gratitude to MetalTek employees for their work to maintain safety awareness and practices at Thursday's appreciation event.
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WAUKESHA — MetalTek International has surpassed two million man-hours worked without a lost-time incident at the Centrifugal Division in Waukesha, 905 E. St. Paul Ave.

Marketing Director Kevin Schumacher said the two-million man hours is the time equivalent of dating back to 1787.

“Safety is front of mind every day,” Eric Skibo, general manager of Wisconsin Centrifugal, said in a press release. “Our safety culture is based on the tenet that all incidents are preventable and we empower our people to be responsible for the safety of themselves and their teammates. We are proud of our record in a hazardous environment, but are also always on our guard to prevent the next incident.”

 Manager of the petroleum can department David Simmerman (left) serves dye services lead Kyle Eckert a brat at the appreciation event on Thursday.
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To celebrate the event, MetalTek Wisconsin Centrifugal employees were treated to lunch with hot dogs, brats, cookies and drinks catered by Bunzel’s Meat Market in Milwaukee.

“It’s really awesome that the company goes out of their way to emphasize the safety here and doing little events like this shows us that leadership and all the guys at the top really do care about it,” Kyle Eckert, lead in the dye services department, said. “It’s not just something for them or a tagline for the company, they actually do care so it’s nice that they’re committed.”