BOC Water Hydraulics, Inc., founded by Donald R. Olson in 1993, is a business that prides itself on innovation and engineered products. Previously, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Engineer for Hunt Valve Corporation, with a global reputation as an innovator in water hydraulics. In 1996, Donald’s son Todd joined the company with a mechanical engineering and naval background. Together they built their ideal company and in the process grew a workforce spanning generations. The company proudly points to numerous examples of parents and children currently working at the company.
BOC Water Hydraulics has 50 employees, including machinists, assemblers, operations, engineers, sales representatives, and general office staff. Each employee plays a major part in producing engineered products that are used in the steel and oil & gas industries. BOC Water Hydraulics serves numerous clients across the United States and abroad in countries such as Australia, Indonesia, Chile, and Germany. As its business grows and its technology develops, BOC depends on the discipline and productivity of its employees for its success. The majority of BOC employees come from families involved in skilled crafts, a fact that Todd credits to the company’s success in developing and maintaining a skilled workforce.
BOC realizes as its workforce ages, it will face a skilled labor gap. BOC employees know how to operate today’s machines but the challenge will be to maintain the workforces’ high level of skill when emerging technology hits the shop floor.
Because of its innovation track record and experience, BOC joined with U.S. Corps of Engineers and Conrad Industries in the design and construction of Dredge MURDEN, a split-hull hopper dredge that uses water hydraulics, thus eliminating the potential of environmental contamination from an oil hydraulic system. Due to the success of the Dredge MURDEN, BOC and team members have been nominated for the Western Dredging Association Environmental Excellence Award.
BOC maintains an active role in the Mahoning Valley Manufacturers Coalition and works with other manufacturers to address the skills gap. BOC Mechanical Designer, John Burr often speaks to students and educators about careers in manufacturing and the value of motivated and trainable employees.
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