CHESAPEAKE — College of The Albemarle’s (COA) Alumni Connect, ventured to Chesapeake, Virginia on April 3, to recognize graduates working at Sumitomo Drive Technologies.
Dr. Lyndasu Wynegar, wife to COA’s President, Dr. Robert Wynegar, pinned five COA graduates with a lapel pin in honor of their success in the workforce.
“COA offered a very good beginning to start my career,” said Cliff Markham, 1992 COA graduate. John Meads, a 2017 graduate, shared his story about pursuing a career in Computer Integrated Machining at COA due to his experience as an apprentice in a machine shop. Each success story shared was unique, COA gave them each the building blocks to start their careers.
Michael Wozniel, Plant Manager at Sumitomo, praised the COA graduates. “Whatever you all are doing at COA, you are doing it right; we are getting quality employees from COA with good soft skills and they are dependable. Four of the graduates commute from North Carolina and they show up to work on time, ready to work.”
The company has locations in Argentina, Brazil, California, Canada, Chile, Guatemala, Illinois, Kentucky, Mexico and Virginia. Wozniel gave an in-depth tour of the facility and spoke about plans to expand the operation to include an additional 25 jobs in the future. The tour included the process of steel fabrication and all that goes into developing and assembling the parts to make items such as gear boxes for both small and large equipment.