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REXA
www.rexa.com / HQ: West Bridgewater, Mass. / Employees: 130 / Sam Lalos, president and
CEO: "I would like to get back to the days where people are hired for lifetime employment."

Northeast

Human
Capital

rexa's investment in its
workforce has been
crucial. by tim o'connor
In Sam Lalos' eyes, one of the biggest mistakes a company can make is
filling an open position with someone
from outside the company. "Good
skilled labor is tight everywhere," says
Lalos, the president and CEO of Rexa,
a manufacturer of electro-hydraulic
actuators. "That's why we believe in
bringing people on and seeing a future
with the company."
It's straightforward to invest in
product development, new machine
tools and faster processes. The real
distinction, Lalos says, is Rexa's people. "It's easy to look at the payback by
investing in machines, but I think human capital is critical to our future,"
he continues. "I would like to get back
to the days where people are hired for
lifetime employment."
The company strives to promote and
retain its workforce. "The worst thing
we can do is to hire somebody, develop
them for a one-to-two-year period and
have them move on," he explains.
Rexa's investment in its people
embodies the work environment and
constructive atmosphere it wants to
create. In addition to skills training,
the company offers competitive pay
and a profit sharing plan that directly
rewards employees for Rexa's success.
"This company has a very healthy culture," Director of Business Development Wallace Lueders says. "I've never worked in an environment that is so
positive and constructive. You're able
to get things done and do them well in
a collaborative way."
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rexa is working toward iso
9001:2015 certification and has a
comprehensive quality program
with various checkpoints.

"If you come into work every day
and spend eight hours looking busy by
going through the motions, it's a very
long day. We find our best employees
are those who really believe in what
they do, don't make excuses for what
they do, are the best at what they do,"
Lalos adds.

Committed to Customers
Rexa was founded in the early 1980s
by a past president of Masoneilan,
a leading producer of control valve

technologies and products that is now
part of General Electric. As a result,
a lot of the competencies that went
into growing Rexa stemmed from Masoneilan. In the early years, the company developed products and technologies, to fill control valve performance
gaps especially on demanding process
control applications. While most control valve manufacturers were trying
to improve traditional pneumatic actuators and develop smart positioners, Rexa concentrated on combining


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