ITC Manufacturing: Leaders in Wire Mesh Decking

August Spotlight

Dave Foley

Maintenance Manager, Columbus Plant

Dave joined ITC Manufacturing as one of the original Columbus team members hired in 2010. His 30+ years of experience in manufacturing, engineering, and maintenance, make him a critical member of the ITC team. He is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at supervising equipment installations, the ongoing maintenance of equipment and facilities, and the reduction of equipment down-time, along with improvements in the manufacturing process. Regardless of how large or small the issue/problem is, or what time of day or night, Dave is always willing to help. Dave has even come in on his day off to get a project done! He rolls up his sleeves and is able to provide solutions that help the Columbus plant on a daily basis.

“ITC is like a family, we all work together to meet our goals. I’m honored to be recognized in this employee spotlight moment.”

Thank you, Dave, for your hard work and dedication!

August Spotlight

Shiela Amorsolo

Purchasing Agent, Phoenix Plant

Shiela joined ITC Manufacturing as a Maintenance Coordinator in 2006. In her 11 years at ITC, she has been an integral team member of the maintenance and production support teams. She is extremely knowledgeable on all ITC parts, their location, and the ordering process. One of her former managers refers to her as the “Wikipedia of ITC parts.” She has been promoted to Parts Room Coordinator and most recently, Purchasing Agent. No matter what project is thrown her way, she delivers and does it with enthusiasm.

“Working at ITC has been a great experience; I love to continually be part of this growing company,” said Amorsolo.

Thank you, Shiela, for your hard work and dedication!

Women of Influence Feature


At age 37, AriAnne Sproat proudly wears the label of trailblazer for women in business and, in particular, the manufacturing industry. As COO of ITC Manufacturing in Phoenix, one of the world’s leading supplier of steel products, she has spent the last 18 years as a role model, demonstrating to the company founders and all employees that there is no task she can’t handle – and handle successfully. At just 19, she started her career as a receptionist. After 18 years and a college degree earned in night school, she is now COO.

My first job ever was… As a waitress. I only dropped one tray.

I decided to enter my industry because… It was a fluke. I was hired as a receptionist and fell in love with the company. I guess you could say the industry chose me!

Being a woman in a male-dominated industry is… Challenging at times but overall very comfortable for me. I grew up with three brothers so I have never been afraid to speak my mind.

My proudest accomplishment is… My son. Being promoted to COO of my company is second.

My boldest move to date was… Continuing to work while pregnant and on bed rest for 4 months, 1 month of it from the hospital.

I surprise people when I tell them… That I work in the steel industry.

My best advice to people starting their career is… Do the work that others won’t. Jumping in and helping out even if it isn’t “your” job is how you learn other aspects of an organization.

My best advice from a mentor was… The true measure of a leader is the people they inspire.

My biggest setback was… When my organization had to make the strategic decision to file bankruptcy.

I overcame it by… Staying positive and looking at it as a learning experience.

Work/life balance is… Hard, especially for moms. I deal with a lot of “mom guilt” but I know I am best as a parent when I feel happy and fulfilled and my career does that for me.

If you googled me, you still wouldn’t know… That I have a twin brother.

I stay inspired by… Other women. I am proud to share what I have learned with other women and help build up other women.

The future excites me because… I see how bright it is.

My next step is… Continue to learn and grow within my role and help others within the organization learn and grow as well.


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How One Major Steel Company Is Pumping New Life into a City’s Economy

It is ironic in today’s modern industrial world that a steel company is actually helping to revive an entire region previously ravaged by unemployment and economic decay.  But that is exactly what is happening in Columbus, Ohio, after International Technical Coatings (ITC), a manufacturer of wire mesh products based in Phoenix, decided to expand its operations eastward.

Manufacturers Have Added 16,000 Jobs in July, Averaging 12,500 Workers per Month since November

For #ManufacturingMonday, below is the latest report from National Associations of Manufacturers.

The manufacturing sector added 16,000 net new workers in July, extending the gain of 12,000 workers in June and reflecting growth in seven of the past eight months. Over that eight-month span (since November), manufacturers have averaged 12,500 new jobs per month—definite improvement from the loss of 16,000 workers on net in 2016. In July, there were 12,425,000 manufacturing workers. At the same time, average weekly earnings for manufacturing workers have risen 2.8 percent over the past 12 months. At the same time, the U.S. economy increased nonfarm payroll employment by 209,000 in July, exceeding 200,000 for the third time in the past four months. The unemployment rate fell from 4.4 percent in June to 4.3 percent in July, returning to the pace in May, which was a 10-year low. Such strong labor market growth should further cement the Federal Reserve’s normalization plans, including raising short-term rates and reducing the size of its balance sheet, perhaps doing both at its upcoming meeting in September.

Faruk Gole Embarks on ESGR Refueling Mission

CEO Faruk Gole had a once in a lifetime experience this last week as he embarked on a refueling mission with the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense program that promotes cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers. ITC has been committed to hiring vets and reservist members for a number of years, but recently joined the organization officially this month. As a courtesy to the employers and their continued support, ESGR invites employers a few times of year to experience a mission. This year, Faruk was invited as the ITC representative to attend.

He and 13 other people, including six local companies, a retired general and ESGR representative boarded a Boeing USAF KC-135 Stratotanker, a military aerial refueling aircraft to experience an up close view of the refueling process. The aircraft took off from Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, Ohio and made its way to the East Coast to South Carolina with a total mission time of 3.5 hours. Faruk spent most his time in the cockpit with the pilots, watching and filming multiple “connections” and learning about the National Guard and their specific missions. He also enjoyed mingling with other guests, including the General during the operation.

“I had one of the most unique experiences of my life. The best part of the mission was seeing the eyeballs of the pilot below us. It got my adrenaline going crazy as I was laying there watching a huge planes approach us. I had a blast and was honored to represent ITC!”

See below for images of the mission.

July Spotlight

George Williams

Inventory Coordinator & Shipping Lead, Columbus Plant

George Williams was one of the first Columbus employees ITC hired back in 2010. Before the shipping area was completely built, George took initiative and started shipping. He is always willing to go above and beyond. For example, he currently conducts ITC’s entire forklift training and pallet jack training and allows himself be available on weekends if an alarm goes off or the plant needs to be opened. George is a great asset to the ITC family and we are grateful for his positive attitude, hard work, and dedication.

“Working here at ITC has been a wonderful experience and I have learned a lot in my short time,” said Williams. “It is truly remarkable where this place is now from where we started in 2010 and I’m very excited about our future.”

Thank you, George! We appreciate you!

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