Bolivar's Eleet Cryogenics takes a chance on young hires
Jennings Campbell (from left), Jeremy Spore and Joe Newsome work at Eleet Cryogenics at 11132 Industrial Parkway NW, in the Lawrence Township Industrial Park. Campbell and Newsome are 2013 Tuscarawas Valley High School graduates, while Spore is a 2008 TV grad working full-time as a welder.
What began as a round-table discussion held recently with state Rep. Al Landis, R-Dover, about the inability to find good employees resulted in a visit by Landis to Eleet Cryogenics at 11132 Industrial Parkway NW, in the Lawrence Township Industrial Park.
Landis visited Eleet to hear a discussion about what schools are doing to offer good employment that will keep the young people in the area.
Also included in the discussion were Tuscarawas Valley Schools Superintendent Mark Murphy, Eleet Cryogenics President Gary Sears, Senior Vice President John DeHoust and controller Bonnie Schaub.
Eleet has hired three 2013 Tuscarawas Valley High School graduates — Brennen Barbee, Joe Newsome, and Jennings Campbell — on a full-time basis, and three students — Ryan McClelland, Ryan Beans and Jerrod Ousley — on a part-time basis.
Noah Swarny is an intern attending college full-time to pursue a degree in engineering. A senior, Swarny has been offered a job with Eleet when he graduates. Jeremy Spore, a 2008 Tuscarawas Valley High School graduate, also is employed full-time as a welder.
Murphy said several area businesses have called the school asking about hiring students and that the district offers Career Based Intervention — once called Occupation Work Experience — that is offered through Buckeye Career Center but is taught at Tuscarawas Valley High.
Murphy said the event began four years ago with a breakfast and introducing Project Lead the Way, pre-engineering classes.
“The message was to get more local businesses involved and to help our students be more successful.” Murphy stated. “I disagree when I hear we don’t have work-ready youths. I firmly believe the school is producing high-quality young people ready for the work force. We strive to get them plugged in to make them successful.”
Murphy said people want to bash young people. “I hear they have no work ethic, can’t pass a drug test, and are not prepared. I say they are wrong,” he said. “The expectation is when a student exits high school, they must attend college, and this is not true.
“Learning never stops and students do need a high school diploma,” said Murphy. “Society often sets kids up for failure. We need to create a shift in what we expect from students.”
A Dollars and Sense, free community dinner, will be held at 6 p.m. Oct 22 in the Tuscarawas Valley Middle School cafeteria, Murphy said. The event is sponsored by several businesses and the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, middle school parents and the Teachers Helping Students group. Eleet Cryogenics, in the Lawrence Township Industrial Park since 1996, primarily performs repairs and service for the industrial gas industry.