Frequently Asked Questions
Industry leading organization and process management processes stand at Somic’s core, allowing us to bring metals from forgings to finished product, making the steering components millions of drivers depend on. Each machine utilizes the Japanese Kanban pull-system, created at Toyota over 70 years ago.
Somic America has two factories, one in Whytheville, VA & one in Brewer, Maine.
Somic America, Inc is one company with two factories. Our executive team is dispersed between the two locations.
Our staff enjoy the following benefits, and the list often grows: Health insurance, (medical, dental, vision & cancer care), short-term & long-term disability, life insurance, accidental death & dismemberment, 401k match up to 4%, EAP (up to 100% of behavioral & mental health services), Employee Wellness Program, Paid Time Off, paid holidays, bereavement leave, FMLA, Tuition reimbursement & step increases.
Yes. Somic America, Inc is a subsidiary of Somic Ishikawa, which is located in Hamamatsu, Japan. Somic has been in business for over 100 years. We are part of a global network with factories in 12 different countries. It isn’t uncommon for our team members to travel to Europe & Asia to learn from our partners.
No. Somic America provides on-the-job training opportunities for entry level positions. There are opportunities for career development including tuition reimbursement. Many of our executive leaders began their careers on the factory floor.
1st shift: 7:00am-3:00pm with a paid lunch
2nd shift: 3:00pm-11:0pm with a paid lunch and $2 hourly premium
3rd shift: 11:00pm-7:00am with a paid lunch and $2 hourly premium
Somic America has been operating in the US for over 32 years. You may be familiar with our previous ownership, ZF Lemforder & BAC.
We proudly adhere to IATF16949 & ISO14001.
Kaizen is a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement. It is based on the concept of little changes compounding to make large change. We empower our staff to identify ways to improve and streamline our processes, and we measure those impacts.
Somic America is committed to pollution prevention and continual improvement of its environmental management system. We commit to a system of establishing and tracking the progress of environmental objectives and targets and compliance to all applicable legal and customer requirements. We are working toward Toyota’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 3% each year.
Somic America provides safety critical products that meet or exceed customer expectations. We commit to highest safety, quality and delivery standards. We are committed to innovation through continuing education, continual improvement, cost competitiveness, and control of processes.