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Stellar Precision Machining News

WOMEN OF NTMA MANUFACTURING

TELL US ABOUT YOUR COMPANY:

Stellar Precision Components is an Aerospace and Defense contract manufacturing company. We support Aerospace in both production and R&D and are currently producing components for the Boeing CCTCap Crew Transport Capsule and the United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket.  On the Defense side, we produce hardware to support the Hellfire, 9X Sidewinder and Stinger Missile systems (along with many other programs). I am the current Owner/President. In addition to oversight of the entire enterprise, my specific roles are Customer Relations and Business Development. 


WHAT BROUGHT YOU INTO THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY?

Definitely being in the family business. It’s always been interesting to me to see how things are made. Stellar was founded in 1978 by my father Mike Vucish, Senior. At the time, we were a machine shop that primarily serviced other shops in a subcontracting role. I first came to work for him right out of high school and was responsible for office duties. I benefited, having been mentored by him and other people he worked with in the past to learn the business from the ground up.


WHAT MOST INTERESTS YOU ABOUT THE INDUSTRY?

One of the positions I held here for quite awhile was Procurement, which allowed me to really learn about many parts of the industry. I found metals to be a fascinating subject. We work with so many different grades and conditions; to know how these behave during different processes and applications is really intriguing. The Aerospace industry in general is amazing. I have such admiration for innovative people, and it’s exciting to bring their ideas to fruition. To see how these parts are being used is something I love to share with our employees as well. It gives everyone a sense of purpose and pride in what we do.


WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY BEEN, AND HAS YOUR GENDER PLAYED A ROLE?

Generally, my experience in the industry has been positive. My customers know that I’ve been here for 38 years and that I’m not just a figurehead in the company. When you are second generation, I think there is some degree of uncertainty with employees and customers that wonder if you are now in charge simply because you are the child of the owner. It was somewhat of a challenge early on, but once you demonstrate that you know what you’re doing, the doubters are satisfied that you have earned the position. Occasionally when I am in a more social business setting accompanied by one of my male managers, when meeting people for the first time, I’m thought to be his wife. It’s still a bit of a surprise to some when I identify myself as the Owner/President of the company.  I mostly laugh about it but it shows that there are still many assumptions made about a female in this industry.


HOW HAVE YOU SEEN THE INDUSTRY EVOLVE SINCE BEING A PART OF IT?

Stellar is an AS9100/ISO 9001 certified company which imposes a great deal of emphasis on the quality aspect of the manufacturing process. Though quality was always a critical component of what we deliver, the third party accreditation has streamlined the process for our customers.  The advent of additive manufacturing has made a significant impact in recent years, and traditional manufacturing technology continues to improve. Machine tools have so much capability now that enables us to do more with less. Inspection techniques and equipment are affected, too. We are currently implementing a laser scanning device that will allow us to perform a laser scan on a part, take about 7 million data points, match the requirements to a solid model file, and report the dimensional characteristics in seconds.


HOW DO YOU HOPE TO SEE THE INDUSTRY EVOLVE IN THE NEXT DECADE?
 

During the early days of the company, we could select apprentices from a large pool from local high schools and technology centers. I’d love to see young people once again involved in a skilled trade. As technology and education advances, it will be interesting to see the impact on Aerospace and Defense. Developing a skilled workforce is the critical to the sustainability of our industry. I have a son and nephew in the company and it’s my hope that the manufacturing sector will continue to strengthen as they manage the company in the next generation.


WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR EMERGING LEADERS AND FEMALE STUDENTS INTERESTED

IN MANUFACTURING AND STEM CAREERS?

I am involved in Manufacturing Day activities in our local community college (WCCC - ATC). This program focuses on reaching young women in the area high schools to let them know about jobs in the Manufacturing Sector. These are not limited to Aerospace and Defense, but in manufacturing of all types. Most of these young women aren’t aware that these careers exist. I’m not sure I would have if my father hadn’t been an entrepreneur. Many local women in manufacturing support this effort and take the time to describe our experiences, let them know that careers exist in these fields and to encourage them to investigate the opportunities. We invite them to visit our companies and to contact us with their questions about how they can best prepare for a job in our industries.


WHAT NEW TRENDS DO YOU SEE IN THE INDUSTRY? 

Thoughts return to additive manufacturing (3D printing) and improvements in the traditional manufacturing technologies. Stellar replaces equipment frequently to stay competitive. We also send our people to events such as the IMTS Tool Show to learn about new developments in tooling and work holding. We encourage our people to continue education and reimburse their tuition to keep our workforce knowledgeable.


HOW DOES YOUR COMPANY SUPPORT INDUSTRY INITIATIVES?

We are very involved with the local technology center and have employees there now that are learning new or honing/refreshing their skills. We have sponsored apprentices through the NTMA program and I’m proud to say that in recent years, our apprentices have taken first or second place in the skills competition every single time we have been a part of it. That accomplishment speaks to the commitment of the entire workforce. Passing along that knowledge is the best education for these individuals. We are always looking for the best people with the drive to learn and contribute. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to explore careers in manufacturing and would be honored to have them choose Stellar as their workplace.


ARE YOU INVOLVED IN GROUPS OR ASSOCIATIONS FOR WOMEN IN MANUFACTURING? 

I am a member of the Woman President’s Organization, a national nonprofit formed to improve business conditions for women entrepreneurs, and to promote the acceptance and advancement of women entrepreneurs in all industries. I participate in Women Leaders in Aerospace - a group dedicated to furthering the communication and networking abilities for women in leadership roles with past or present aerospace or defense experience. I am also active with a small peer group of CEOs of manufacturers, some of which are women, to share best practices and facilitate problem solving discussions.


WHAT BROUGHT YOUR COMPANY TO THE NTMA AND HOW ARE YOU ACTIVE WITHIN THE ASSOCIATION?

We have long participation in the apprenticeship program and education that the NTMA offers. I am sure that is how we came to membership many years ago. Currently we continue to support that program to develop Journeyman Machinists. We are also involved in the BOTS IQ program, with a seat on the board, volunteering at the annual events, sponsoring and partnering with local high schools to develop their robot and support their teams.


FINAL THOUGHTS:  

I’d just like to share my admiration and respect for women like Linda Hudson, the first female CEO in Aerospace (BAE) ; Marillyn Hewson, the first female CEO of Lockheed Martin; Eileen Drake, the female President and CEO of Aerojet/Rocketdyne. I work with many women in our customer base that are also very talented. All are incredible examples of women in the Aerospace industry and true pioneers and role models for young women interested in STEM.
 

 

 

 

 


 

At the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Marshall Space Flight Center
Lori, Mike and Bill were recently in Huntsville, AL at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center as a presenter during the Small Business Supplier Conference featuring AS9100 Rev C flight approved small business suppliers currently providing support to the MSFC Space Launch System prime contractors.
 

 

Stellar sponsor's Frazier High SchoolBotsIQ team and their bot "Atlas."

Stellar was pleased to sponsor the Frazier High School BotsIQ team and their bot "Atlas."
The competition was held at CalU in April.
Brownsville, Frazier, Ringgold and Yough were among the high schools who made it to the finals. Sixty-six teams from 47 area schools qualified to send their custom-built 'bots into battle.
A manufacturing workforce development program disguised as a high school robotics competition, BotsIQ asks students to design and manufacture 15-pound robots that compete one-on-one in a mechanical fight for survival.
The students worked for months to create innovative, battle-hardened robots for the gladiator-style competition. Judges look for aggression, control, damage and strategy — but teams also are judged on their engineering skills, documentation, interviews and sportsmanship.
We were also very pleased to have the class visit Stellar to learn about careers in manufacturing.
Great Job Frazier Team!


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Frazier High. Stellar sponsored Bots IQ team

The Frazier team made it to the 6th Bracket with their robot "Atlas"
and we congratulate them and enjoyed the opportunity to work with them
to prepare for the BOTS IQ competition this year.


 


Small Business Administration Visit

Stellar was delighted and honored to host representatives from the Small Business Administration
and E-Magnify at our facility last week.  Thank you for a very educational visit ladies!

Pictured from left to right...
Lori Albright (Owner, Stellar Precision Components; Greensburg WPO Member & President)
*Erin Andrew (Assistant Administrator, SBA’s Office of Women's Business Ownership)
*Kelly Hunt, (SBA Pittsburgh District Director)
*Debra Mason (E-Magnify Education & Training Manager)
*Karan Waigand (SBA Pittsburgh District Office)
*Jayne Huston (E-Magnify Director)
*Michaelene Ressler (E-Magnify Administrative Assistant)
 

 

BusinessWomen First 2015 Winner

The Pittsburgh Business Times honored the 26 winners of the BusinessWomen First 2015 awards with a ceremony and dinner at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown. BusinessWomen First 2015 Winner: Lori Albright, president, Stellar Precision Components.



 


Lori Albright Graduates From Executive Program at Harvard Business School

BOSTON – Lori Albright, Stellar Precision Components, Ltd. President, graduated with a certificate from the Owner/President Management Program (OPM) at Harvard Business School on 2/20/15.

Established more than 40 years ago, OPM is a rigorous, 9-week Executive Education program held over a 3-year period, for executives with at least 10 years of management experience and who hold a major equity stake in their company.

Participants represent a diverse range of organizations from around the world and hold dual roles as owner and CEO or COO of firms with annual sales ranging from ten million to several hundred million dollars.
Taught by Harvard Business School's faculty, the Program focuses on the frameworks, technology, and strategic tools essential for success in today's challenging and global business environment.
Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located in Boston and offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, as well as more than 50 Executive Education programs. With a faculty of over 200 distinguished scholars, the School is dedicated to educating leaders who make a difference in the world. Its core focus is to shape the practice of business, build enduring knowledge, and effectively communicate important ideas to meet the challenges and opportunities of the twenty-first century.

  Lori Albright

Recent Retiree Jack Schaming

We congratulate Jack Schaming on his retirement. Jack has been with us for over 8 years and we all wish him the very best. We are going to miss that bandana though!

 

Stellar Precision Components is proud
to support our Veterans

Stellar Precision Components is grateful and proud of our Veterans who served and continue serving to keep our great nation free and safe. Pictured on the right hand side of the page from left to right.

 

 

 

 

 

    • Jack Schaming
    • Kevin Ghafoor
    • Calvin Baker
    • Bill Fawcett
    • Robert Plahs Jr.
 

Stellar Precision Components has been selected as a finalist for the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Awards presented by the Pittsburgh Business
Times

Stellar Precision Components has been selected as a finalist in two categories by the Pittsburgh Business Times. We have been selected as finalists for Manufacturer of the year and the Premo J. Pappafava award.

The 2013 Manufacturer of the Year Awards are given to companies based on information provided by a panel of independent judges. There are three award categories: Overall, Sustainable and a new category that will be introduced in 2013 - the Premo J. Pappafava Excellence Award.

 

 

 


Commerce Association has chosen Stellar Precision Components for the 5th time in a row as the winner for 2013 Jeannette Awards in the Machine Shops classification.

Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1% (1 in 1000) of the 2013 Awards were certified as Five-Time awardees. For most companies, this recognition is a result of your dedication and efforts as well as the work of others in your organization that have helped build your business. Your team is now a part of an exclusive group of small businesses that have achieved this selection.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

 

Stellar Precision Components wins NTMA again!

THE RESULTS ARE IN!! Stellar congratulates our 2013 NTMA Pittsburgh Chapter Apprenticeship Winners!  Timothy Makosky  (3rd Year)- First Place, and Joseph Kelly (Graduating 4th Year) - Second Place. 
Eight 3rd and 4th-year apprentices competed in this year's regional apprentice competition. The competition was held earlier this year at New Century Careers' Training and Innovation Center on Pittsburgh's South Side. The apprentices were judged on a written exam as well as machined parts


Stellar has been the employer/trainer of the first place winner in 3 of the last 5 years - 2009, 2012 and 2013.  We appreciate the efforts of our Supervisor - Ed Frieze, and the Central Westmoreland Technical School to prepare these men for a successful career in manufacturing. We also extend our thanks to New Century Careers and the NTMA Pittsburgh Chapter for their continuing effort to retool the workforce in Western Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Joe "JR" Kelly, Ed Frieze, Tim Makosky

Joe "JR" Kelly, Tim Makosky, Lori Albright, Ed Frieze

 

Tim Makosky, Lori Albright, Ed Frieze

     

Stellar Precision Components wins NTMA again!

Nationally, less than one-tenth of 1% (1 in 1000) of the 2013 Awards were certified as Five-Time awardees. For most companies, this recognition is a result of your dedication and efforts as well as the work of others in your organization that have helped build your business. Your team is now a part of an exclusive group of small businesses that have achieved this selection.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

 


Joe Kelly/Stellar Precision Components - NTMA Regional 2012 Winner

Joe Kelly attended Penn Trafford High School and participated in the Vocational Technologies Program under the instruction of Todd Sedlack. He began working at Stellar Precision Components, a manufacturing facility in Jeannette, Pennsylvania, his junior year. Following a 2009 high school graduation, Joe began the National Tooling and Machining Association Apprenticeship Program. He is in his third year of the program and looks forward to graduation next year. Currently at Stellar Precision Components, he utilizes both manual and CNC mills and lathes to precision manufacture a wide array of components.

Stellar Precision Components began in 1978, mainly manufacturing commercial and naval products. Today, the two-shift staff supports a growing number of defense and aerospace programs in offering numerous services including non-destructive testing, heat treating, Teflon coating, wire EDM, and others in addition to meticulous machining. From a modest ten man facility solely manufacturing, Stellar has transformed within the years to become ISO 9001: 2008 & AS9100 Rev. C Certified while employing over sixty individuals. They continue their support of the National Tooling and Machining Apprenticeship Program and are proud of Joe Kelly's progress, commitment, and achievements.

 

(Jim Lavella, Joe "JR" Kelly, and Kyle Criswell,

fellow program particpants.)


Stellar Precision Components Receives 2012 Best of Jeannette Award

U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

NEW YORK, NY, April 10, 2012 -- For the fourth consecutive year, Stellar Precision Components has been selected for the 2012 Best of Jeannette Award in the Machine Shops category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Nationwide, only 1 in 250 (less than half of 1%) 2012 Award recipients qualified as Four-Time Award Winners. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 USCA Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a New York City based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association

 
     

 

 


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