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Channellock also works with local
trade schools to develop its employees
into electromechanical technicians. "The
technology we're investing in [requires] a
higher skill set," DeArment says.
Close to the Floor
DeArment joined his family's company
21 years ago. After working at the company part-time through high school and
college, "I'm the fifth generation president and COO," he says, noting that the
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company's boardroom largely consists
of family members.
This helps ensure decisions are made
quickly at Channellock. "We don't have
to spend a lot of time seeking approvals
from boards that are in other areas of the
country," he states. "We're right here.
"One of our founding beliefs is that
good management is never far from the
factory floor," DeArment continues.
"We're in the day-to-day operation, running the business."
He also praises its staff, which has
an average tenure of nearly 20 years.
"[That] says a lot about our commitment to the jobs we do," he says. "We
take pride in the work we do, and that is
something that really makes us special."
DeArment is proud of how Channellock has implemented new technolo-
gies. "Like anything, change is hard," he
admits. "We've eliminated a lot of labor
intensive, highly repetitive procedures.
"Although it's difficult and challenging at times, I'm proud of our ability
to adapt and make those changes going forward," DeArment says. "We
wouldn't be as competitive as a manufacturer in the United States when facing international competition.
"At the same time as we're implementing all the new technology, we're
maintaining and improving our quality,"
he says, noting that he sees more growth
ahead for Channellock. "Our vision is to
grow as a family-owned manufacturing
company," he adds. "We will research
new products and invest in technology
without losing focus on our core competencies, which is mainly pliers." mt