Eaton's B-Line Honored as Large Employer of the Year at Texas Workforce Conference

Date: Nov. 30, 2018

Media Contact: Lisa Givens
Phone: 512-463-8556

AUSTIN – Eaton’s B-Line (Eaton) was named Large Employer of the Year at the Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) 22nd Annual Texas Workforce Conference held Nov. 28–30 in Houston. Eaton was nominated by Workforce Solutions Texoma (Texoma) and chosen as the Large Employer of the Year from among three exemplary finalists, out of 23 large private-sector employers nominated. All nominees were recognized for contributions to their community’s workforce through innovation and collaboration with their Texas Workforce Solutions partner.

“Congratulations to Eaton’s B-Line on being an exemplary employer in their contributions to their community, local workforce and the Texas economy,” said TWC Chair and Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “I commend them on their strong partnerships, and their investment in the development of skilled workers in this high-demand industry.”

Eaton, located in Sherman, is a power management company that provides energy-efficient solutions to help customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic, and mechanical power more efficiently, safely, and sustainably. Since 1996, Eaton has been a premier employer in the Texoma region, with an annual payroll of $18.2 million. Eaton works closely with Texoma to fill multiple job openings and conduct preemployment assessments.

“Texas is fortunate to have a diversified business sector that includes Eaton’s B-Line, who actively partners with the state to connect with job seekers,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Eaton has shown throughout the years that it is committed to helping grow the state’s labor force and talent pool while also helping to enrich local communities. I commend Eaton for their ongoing support of Texas workers.”

Eaton is unique in its approach to employee retention, making extraordinary efforts to provide a friendly work environment that promotes the well-being of workers and their families. The company is an ardent supporter of Texoma through its work with the Advanced Manufacturing Program, supporting a pipeline of 42 high school students soon to enter the workforce. Eaton also has expanded its workforce by 5 percent during the past year, currently employing 340 workers. Eaton has spent more than $2.5 million to improve, upgrade, and expand its facility.

“Congratulations to this year’s Large Employer of the Year Award winner, Eaton B-Line, a company unique in its approach to employee retention, and one who makes extraordinary efforts to provide a friendly work environment to promote the well-being of workers and their families across Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing the Public Robert D. Thomas. “Through their Advanced Manufacturing Program and their involvement with high school students soon to enter the workforce as well and teachers and counselors, Eaton has proven a strong commitment to ensuring our future workforce is highly prepared. We commend them for their mentorship and hard work.”

Eaton staff members are generous with their time, serving the community through the United Way, Workforce Solutions Texoma, and many other committees. Eaton’s commitment to the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium has been the driving force that made the project a success. Eaton allows its employees to visit classrooms to inspire students, offering expertise to ensure students are offered real-world experiences. The employees serve as mentors to youth who participate in the two manufacturing programs. Even the plant manager serves as a mentor.

Eaton has hosted more than 40 tours per year for students, teachers, and counselors for the Texoma Workforce Solutions’ Career Fairs and Manufacturing Days. Eaton not only hosted the tours but also allowed students to have lunch with plant managers, supervisors, and workers so that students could hear the inside story about manufacturing.  Additionally, in the past year, Eaton has applied for and received two corporate grants, totaling $40,000, and it donated 100 percent of these grants to the Advanced Manufacturing Program.

“We are extremely honored to be recognized by Texas Workforce Solutions as the Texas Large Employer of the Year,” said Eaton’s B-Line Plant Manager Wade Lowrey. “It is validation by a third party of our hard work and dedication to the Sherman/Denison community. It also spotlights our close and successful relationship with Workforce Solutions Texoma, one we look forward to growing in the future."

Additionally, two other exemplary employers were finalists for Texas Workforce Solutions Large Employer of the Year. Lowe’s Companies was nominated by Workforce Solutions of the Coastal Bend. With 250 employees, the Kingsville, Corpus Christi, and Aransas Pass stores were crucial to community rebuilding post–Hurricane Harvey. The less-damaged Kingsville and Corpus Christi locations quickly became go-to stops for supplies before returning to the harder-hit disaster areas. Samsung Austin Semiconductor was nominated by Workforce Solutions Capital Area. Samsung is committed to the Austin area and its workforce, preparing a training pipeline that begins in the high schools and progresses through post–high school technical preparation and community college technical education.

Each of the 28 local workforce development boards recognized a Local Employer of Excellence at the conference. The award honors an employer that is actively involved with Texas Workforce Solutions and has made a positive impact on employers, workers and the community.

Awards also were granted to local workforce development boards that provided outstanding services to Texas employers, workers, job-seekers and local communities. Additionally, monetary awards were given to the boards that were recognized for outstanding performance. Monetary awards will be used to enhance board service programs during the next year. The primary goal of TWC and its Workforce Solutions board partners is to respond to the needs of Texas employers through locally-designed, market-driven workforce development initiatives and services. All employers, workers and job seekers are eligible to take advantage of these services.


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