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Meet Bob Durr, Contract Machining Sales Executive

Bob Durr

Bob Durr, Bardons & Oliver’s Contract Machining Sales Executive and a veteran of the metals and fabrication industries, provides customers with insight into Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining capabilities.

Q24How long have you been in manufacturing sales? Where did you get your start?
A24I have been in manufacturing and distribution sales for over 35 years and enjoyed every minute of that time.  Especially when it comes to dealing with customers and solving their problems, along with building friendships that last a lifetime.
My start was with a firm called Industrial Tube & Steel in Akron, Ohio.  It was a tremendous experience which laid my foundation in the metals and manufacturing industry.
Q24How long have you been with Bardons & Oliver?
A24I joined Bardons & Oliver about seven months ago as the Sales Manager/Contract Machining.
Q24What do you like about working for Bardons & Oliver?
A24This is an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Program), which means that every employee is an owner.  The people are great to work and have one simple goal in mind: “Make the Customer Happy”. It’s a great place to come to work every day!
Q24What advice would you give to someone who was considering machining sales as a career?
A24Get as much machining education as you can, and develop a skill set of caring. Those two skills will carry you through your career and help you develop a great customer base.
Q24What would you like current or potential customers to know about Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining? What makes B&O different?
A24When you talk to a Bardons & Oliver employee, you’re talking to an owner. We take your business very seriously and we will do a great job helping you maintain your business. We are interested in
relationship-building and in providing quality services to our friends.
Q24When you’re not on the job, what’s your favorite leisure activity?
A24Spending time with my wonderful wife and family.  We just became grandparents a few months back and it’s brought so much joy to
our family.  Occasionally, I might even
get out to play some golf!
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Meet Ben Bailey, Contract Machining Business Unit Manager

Ben4webBen Bailey, Bardons & Oliver’s Contract Machining Business Unit Manager, oversees the work done on the floor and deals with customers, from quote to finished product.
Q24How long have you been in manufacturing? Where did you get your start?
A24I have been in manufacturing since the age of 16 when sweeping, cleaning and maintaining the landscaping of my family’s shop was my job.  My family had a large fabrication and machine shop, so I was exposed as I grew up and this is also where I got
my start.  I guess you could say that
manufacturing is in my genes.
Q24How long have you been with Bardons & Oliver?  What positions have you had with B&O?
A24I have worked at B&O for 15 years and have valued and enjoyed every moment.  I truly would not want to work anywhere else.
Being with the company for 15 years, I’ve been given many opportunities as I earned them.  I started on the shop floor as a machinist running manual machines such as a Bridgeport, engine lathe, manual boring mills, CNC horizontal and vertical lathes.
Q24What do you like about working for B&O?
A24I really like the team culture along with the opportunities for continued personal and professional growth.  The most rewarding part of working here is working with our contract machining team on new projects.  It’s great to watch everyone work together and bring their input into the project.  It’s so rewarding to step back and watch the team work very hard to meet our internal — and most importantly, our customer’s — expectations.  Our team members give 110% by making selfless decisions to
get the job done.
Q24What advice would you give to someone who was considering machining as a career?
A24

  • Schooling for basic machining training, whether at a technical or a vocational school.  This will provide a solid foundation for success.
  • Learn basic math skills and trigonometry.
  • Learn how to read and understand a part print along with basic GD&T Hierarchy.
  • Be attentive to every detail with every part machined.  All features are critical or they wouldn’t require machining.
  • Always be safe and do not attempt to perform any task that could result in an injury, damaged product and or damaged equipment.  Go home with all the physical features you came to work with.
  • Have a positive attitude and a high desire to learn and apply experiences.  No matter what age you are we all
    learn new things every day.
  • Be respectful to your peers.  By giving them respect they will in turn respect you and do all they can to help you be successful.
  • Mistakes will happen (as we’re human) but learn from that mistake and do all you can to prevent the same or a similar mistake from happening again.
  • Most of all, be happy and proud of your work, and go home at the end of the day with the satisfaction that you did a good job.
Q24What would you like current or potential customers to know about Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining? What makes B&O different?
A24I would like our potential customers know that we have unique capabilities and a team of dedicated associates that have a vested interest as owners in an ESOP.   I think we set ourselves apart from other shops by offering feedback for improved manufacturability that at times can lead to reduced costs.
Another differentiating factor is that we have the capability to validate our part quality in our metrology lab where we have a full complement of gaging equipment, including two CMM’s.
Q24When you’re not on the job, what’s your favorite leisure activity?
A24I enjoy working on home projects, maintaining our vehicles, hunting, fishing and camping with my family.   By far my favorite leisure activity is camping with my family, as it is so relaxing and fun. ⚪

Meet Brett Baldi, Vice President of Operations

Brett-blog-postBrett Baldi, Bardons & Oliver’s Vice President of Operations, is closely involved with Contract Machining, overseeing our process to insure a quality finished product.
Q24How long have you been in manufacturing? Where did you get your start?
A24I’ve been with Bardons & Oliver for my entire career, 34 years. My first job was as a machinist apprentice.
Q24How long have you been with Bardons & Oliver?  What positions have you had with B&O?
A24As I mentioned, for 34 years. I went up the ladder: started as a machinist apprentice, became a journeyman machinist, was a raw materials lead man, heat treat lead man, mechanical assembler, inspector, CNC programmer, manufacturing engineer, quality manager, manager of Contract Machining.
Now I’m the Vice President of Operations and a member of the Board of Directors. I think it’s safe to say I’ve touched almost every part of Bardons & Oliver’s operations at one time or another.
Q24What do you like about working for B&O?
A24We have a great group of people to work with, for one thing.  Everyone works together as a team. The company also offers great opportunities to be involved and make a difference.  I believe in
our great products and services.
Finally, our organization really cares
about its associates.
Q24What advice would you give to someone who was considering machining as a career?
A24Get as much “trade school” knowledge
as possible and then try to find
a company that has a good internal
training program, along with
opportunities for growth within the company.
Q24What would you like current or potential customers to know about Bardons & Oliver Contract Machining? What makes B&O different?
A24We want to be your partner in the process of supplying your product.  Our goal is to work closely with our customers so that we become a seamless extension of their business.  We have a high level of manufacturing knowledge which allows us to make your product accurately and in a cost-effective manner.  Many times, we are able to help our customers reduce the cost ot heir product by offering ideas on the design and materials that can reduce the overall cost.
We value your business and will do our very best to exceed your expectations.
Q24When you’re not on the job, what’s your favorite leisure activity?
A24Riding motorcycles — on the street, on the race track and in the dirt.  I can share this activity with my family, as they all ride also.  I even took a long-distance motorcycle trip through
the Northeastern United States and
parts of Canada last summer.

Coming soon …

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