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EMC Precision Named a Best-in-Class Employer by Gallagher

ELYRIA, Ohio (PRWEB) April 30, 2022

EMC Precision has been named a Best-In-Class Employer after scoring in the top quartile of midsize employers (100-999 full-time employees) who participated in Gallagher’s 2021 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey. EMC Precision was recognized as an organization that provides innovative solutions for creating organizational structures, workplace policies, and total rewards, which inclusively engages and motivates its employees.

“EMC Precision is honored to receive this recognition as a best-in-class employer from Gallagher,” said Bob Graney, Chief Operating Officer. “It demonstrates to employees, applicants, and customers how we’re committed to a holistic wellness approach.”

“It is important to me personally to provide the best options to our employees. This recognition is another step toward achieving our goal of having the best employees, in the best job they’ve ever had, at the best place they have ever worked,” added Jeff Ohlemacher, CEO.

A Best-in-Class organization, EMC Precision was assigned points based on their relative performance in seven categories including planning horizons for the benefits and compensation strategies, the turnover rate for fulltime equivalents (FTEs), completion of a workforce engagement survey, use of an HR technology strategy and its level of sophistication and health plan premium increases or decreases at the most recent renewal. Only 11% of the over 4,000 organizations that participated in the Gallagher survey earned the Best-In-Class designation.

“EMC Precision takes a proactive and structured approach to planning, developing, and implementing comprehensive benefits and HR programs,” said William F. Ziebell, CEO of Gallagher’s Benefits & HR Consulting Division. “In doing so, EMC Precision is able to develop a winning formula to attract, reward, and retain the right talent and position the company as a destination employer.”

Best in Class Employer

About EMC Precision
Founded & headquartered in Elyria, Ohio, with an additional facility in Sheridan, IN, EMC Precision provides complex parts in low to mid-volume quantities, expertly machined since 1925. EMC provides a turn-on-a-dime response to customers’ urgent needs. EMC Precision’s constant pursuit of excellence in precision machined parts is grounded in values of integrity, teamwork, and service to all stakeholders. For more information, visit

About the Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis
Gallagher’s Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis profiles statistically significant attributes of top-performing midsize (100-999 FTEs) and large employers (1,000 or more FTEs). Data from Gallagher’s 2021 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey was interpreted to identify participants that excel in optimizing employee and organizational wellbeing. To learn more about the report and the qualifying criteria, download the Best-in-Class
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About Gallagher
Gallagher (NYSE:AJG), a global insurance brokerage, risk management, and consulting services firm, is headquartered in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. The company has operations in 68 countries and offers client service capabilities in more than 150 countries around the world through a network of correspondent brokers and consultants.


Tempering vs Annealing: What’s the Difference?


Annealing and tempering are both heat treating methods that prepare metals for manufacturing. Through heat treatment, high temperatures change the physical, chemical, and mechanical properties of steel, stainless steel, and steel alloys, increasing their performance and durability. Heat treatment can impact other properties of a metal product as well, including strength, malleability, ductility, formability, and hardness.

Tempering and annealing differ in their cooling and heating rates, thus producing different end products. In this blog post, we’ll discuss more similarities and differences between these two processes.

What Is Tempering?

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Tempering heats the metal below its critical temperature, usually in an inert environment. The temperature varies depending on the levels of hardness that need to be reduced. Higher temperatures reduce hardness and boost elasticity and plasticity while reducing tensile strength and yield. In lower temperatures, the metal maintains its hardness but will no longer be brittle.

In tempering, the metal must be heated gradually to avoid cracking. Once the proper temperature is reached, it should be maintained for a set amount of time. Generally, this means one hour for each inch of thickness, but this differs according to the metal type. After the heat relieves internal stresses, the metal goes through a fast air-cooling process.

Tempering is commonly performed to minimize the excess hardness of iron alloys like untampered steel, which is usually too hard and brittle to apply in most industrial applications. Tempering also improves metal strength, ductility, toughness, and structural stability. 

What Is Annealing?

Annealing involves heating metal to a specific temperature for a fixed period, followed by a slow, controlled cooling period. Annealing furnaces are large enough to facilitate proper airflow around the metal.

The main reason for annealing is to reduce the hardness of certain metals like aluminum, copper, and brass. As a result, annealing improves machinability and electrical conductivity.

Here are the three stages of the annealing process:

  • Recovery: This initial stage heats the metal to relax and repair its internal structures. 
  • Recrystallization: During this stage, the metal is continuously heated at a temperature greater than its recrystallization temperature but less than its melting point. This allows new grains to develop in the metal’s internal structure without stresses. 
  • Grain growth: The slow cooling stage facilitates the development of grains, producing a softer, more ductile metal.

The annealing process softens metals to allow for effective cold working, eliminating the mechanical stresses that result from grinding or machining. Without annealing, cold working can lead to cracking.

Tempering Vs. Annealing

Tempering produces tough, elastic metals that can go into heavy-duty applications such as construction, industrial machinery, and automotive components. Therefore, tempering reduces the hazards of working in these environments.

In contrast, annealing produces softer materials that do not require significant stress resistance, such as household items.

EMC Precision CEO Receives PMPA Gold Micrometer Award

Jeff Ohlemacher Awarded Gold Micrometer Award

Jeff Ohlemacher, CEO of EMC Precision in Elyria, OH has been awarded the prominent Gold Micrometer Award by the Precision Machined Products Association (PMPA) for making significant contributions to the industry during his over 40 years of service. Ohlemacher was presented with his Gold Micrometer at the association’s 2021 annual meeting in Charleston, SC.

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