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Plant hailed for precision
Hoover celebrates safety and quality
From left, Brian Jennings of Hoover accepts a quality award from Leslie Lefeld of Honda as Jessie Colvin of Hoover and Sheila Gullett of Honda look on. Hoover was one of a few Honda suppliers to receive the quality award. - photo by For the FCN

While weekdays are usually full of work, Friday was a celebration for the employees of Hoover Precision Products in south Forsyth.

The Pendley Road company, which manufactures balls for ball bearings of all sizes, held its annual employee appreciation and safety day with food, games and prizes for workers on its three shifts.

As part of the event, the company also recognized a major anniversary and received a special award from Honda, one of the companies that use Hoover Precision products.

While the company has had a site in Forsyth County since 1980, Hoover Precision, which began as Hoover Steel Ball Company in Ann Arbor, Mich., this year is celebrating its 100thanniversary. 

The company and its assets were acquired by Tsubaki Nakashima Company in Nara, Japan, in 1990, and a wholly owned U.S. subsidiary was formed under the name Hoover Precision Products Inc.

Hoover manufactures balls in all sizes and various materials for a wide range of industries including automotive, aerospace, industrial and medical.

Leslie Lefeld and Sheila Gullett of Honda’s engine plant in Anna, Ohio, visited Hoover on Friday to present the site with Honda’s excellence in quality award.

Lefeld said of the 632 companies that supply Honda with parts each year, only about 50 receive the quality award.

“This award from Honda recognizes your entire team for achieving such a high level of world class manufacturing operations,” Lefeld told Hoover employees who gathered outside the facility. “This award represents perfection.”

Brian Jennings, general manager, called a “real big deal,” noting that it represents excellence from all 120 employees of the facility.

“These guys, they work hard, and have a lot of experience,” Jennings said. “We’ve got people that have been here since the plant opened in ’80 … and we’re in such a niche market, it’s all in-house training.

“It’s a big effort on everyone’s part because if even one of us messed up, we wouldn’t be getting this award. It takes all of our people to make it work.”