LCC students get an inside look on how to coat their way to a successful future

Author: Link Lima/Allen County March 1, 2017

Link Lima Site Visit Program offers Lima Central Catholic Students the opportunity to get an exclusive look inside one of the world leaders in coating technologies.

MetoKote Corporation, what started off in a small garage by 3 brothers has now evolved into the one of the world’s leader in advanced coating applications.
Headquartered in Lima, Ohio the corporation services over 800 customers in an assortment of fields that include but are not limited to: Automotive, Commercial and Large Equipment with their largest world-wide client being John Deere.
Commenting on local career opportunities and job progression, MetoKote plant manager Tim Ball, said: “We have a wide range of employees here that started on the ground floor and have worked their way up through the plant. I started at the ground level in 1985 and now after years am the plant manager. It shows that employees can improve their way through the system or they can go off to
college and come back for a position such as one in the engineering department.

We want to show our local kids that there is a place for them here in Lima/Allen County.” Lima Central Catholic faculty member Mike Thompson also chimed in to say, “It would be great to see our students see opportunities that are here and then come back if they go off to college. This was a good experience.”
Lima Central Catholic students Jaysen Boyles, Connor Cary, Dylan Craig, Ben Knapke and LLC faculty member Mike Thompson had the opportunity to meet and tour the facility with MetoKote employees plant manager Tim Ball, HR manager, Allison Hoehne, and line leader Brian Reynolds.

ABOUT THE LINK LIMA SITE VISIT PROGRAM – The Link Lima workforce development framework and Site Visit program are hosted by Allen Economic Development Group, and were built to connect employers with available and upcoming talent. The goal is to better align state programs, education and training curricula and other resources serving employers and jobseekers. For more information, contact Tracy Hollar, Allen Economic Development Group, 419-222-7706.