Customer Driven. Employee Preferred.

Why Creating a Rewarding Workplace is More Important Than Ever

It is a simple notion, but one we take seriously at Beacon Manufacturing Group: To be the first choice for our customers, we must also be the first choice for our employees.

As an engineering and innovation hub for leading contract manufacturers, our success depends on an integrated team of talented, dedicated professionals. Here is a quick look at what we have identified as the most important steps you can take to support, reward and inspire exceptional people every day.

Written by: Bob May CEO, Beacon Manufacturing Group

Put People Front and Center


The emphasis on employee success should begin with your core principles. These principles – including your Mission, Vision and Values – must embody your company’s commitment to customers and to each other. It is right there in Beacon Manufacturing Group’s vision statement:

Our vision is to be an innovative, growth-oriented and trusted provider of services and solutions to support the success of our people, partners and customers.

This should be followed with a set of clear, common-sense values that employees can embrace and embody. Company leaders must be committed to ensuring all are aligned around these behaviors – from your newest employee to your longest-tenured team member.

Embrace Problem-Solving Opportunities


At Beacon, we love sinking our teeth into a tough challenge. Organizations that solve problems well embrace challenges as a chance to put their team’s diverse skills, knowledge and experience to the test to create new and increasingly innovative solutions. This can only be possible through cross-functional alignment and collaboration.

Business leaders must foster a culture that embraces and encourages this teamwork across functional teams, divisions or even businesses. This is fundamental to finding new ways to solve our customers’ most pressing manufacturing challenges.

Collaborating to Accelerate Success

Beacon Manufacturing Group - Diverse Skills

When Beacon MedTech Solutions needed to quickly help a customer meet exponential demand increases, a cross-functional technical team sprang into action. This team worked directly with Sumitomo (SHI) Demag to quickly customize and invest in new injection molding technologies that could successfully run completely redesigned tools to meet these volumes.

As teams and companies grow and evolve, your focus must remain on bringing together exceptional people with diverse skills, knowledge and experience to create new opportunities for employees and greater customer value.

Support a Growth Mindset


To truly be a first-choice employer, you must view growth through the eyes of your employees. Establishing opportunities for employees to learn new skills and gain new expertise will improve your ability to deliver for your customers while building tomorrow’s leadership team.

Beacon Manufacturing Group - Cross-Functional Collaboration

An investment in employee training and development is just one way you can support and develop your people. These investments should apply to training opportunities inside and outside your facility. Cross-training and cross-functional collaboration are crucial to broadening perspectives and building a sense of pride and shared purpose.

Above all else, you must foster a safe, vibrant work environment and careers with high growth potential that encourage people who grow alongside you.

Listen, Share and Act


Employees expect and deserve clear, transparent, responsive leadership. They also deserve the opportunity for their voice to be heard.

Open communication is key to fostering the trust and belonging that inspire teams to do great things. To that end, Beacon Manufacturing Group launched its first enterprise-wide employee survey in April. These insights are informing an action plan to address any recurring concerns, capitalize on notable strengths and create a culture everyone has a hand in helping design.

Whether you are conducting a formal survey, or simply checking in with employees on the shop floor, you must always maintain these pathways to be considered a true best place to work.

Make an Impact

When you tackle complex manufacturing problems as often as we do, you get many chances to help make products that matter. From a critical part in a system used to develop new vaccines, to a filter component that helps us breathe cleaner air, the parts we manufacture are critical to shaping a better, safer world.

As our company grows, this opportunity to make a difference helps us attract and retain the exceptional people we need to thrive.

After all, I know Beacon employees join me in taking immense pride in this work. And nothing makes me prouder than knowing that across the organization our talented, driven team is mastering manufacturing complexities and delivering the vital innovations our customers need to succeed every day.

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We are an engineering and innovation hub delivering custom, highly engineered and precision molded products, assembled components and contract manufacturing services. Through our companies, Beacon Engineered Solutions and Beacon MedTech Solutions, we strive to be our customers’ first choice manufacturing partner. We do this through niche expertise, strong engineering and technical competencies and exceptional people.