This peer-nominated award is presented to employees who go above and beyond in their roles, all while upholding WIKA’s commitment to integrity, customer satisfaction, partnership, safety, continuous improvement, social responsibility, and/or excellence.

Established when WIKA was founded in 1946, core values are the standards by which WIKA measures itself and its employees. Thanks to employees’ commitment to these corporate values, WIKA has become a worldwide leader in industrial measurement technology. The company would not be where it is today without this dedication from within.

Employees who do more than expected are vital to WIKA’s overall mission of helping customers succeed through superior instrumentation solutions. This is why WIKA USA began the Core Value Award program two decades ago: to acknowledge employees for their hard work and dedication.

Corporate Core Values are Keys to Company Success

A peer-nominated program, Core Value Awards give employees a special way to thank their colleagues for doing extraordinary work. Recipients are recognized for making a positive impact on WIKA’s continued success. Each nominee is chosen for exemplifying one of seven core values:

  • Integrity: Promoting ethical business practices
  • Customer Satisfaction: Creating positive customer experiences
  • Partnership: Encouraging collaboration in the workplace
  • Safety: Maintaining a safe work environment
  • Continuous Improvement: Improving WIKA policies and processes
  • Social Responsibility: Improving the community and the world at large
  • Excellence: Exceeding expectations in work that directly impacts company success

A committee composed of senior managers chooses the winners, who receive a plaque, monetary award, and – for those in the main WIKA USA campus in Lawrenceville – a designated parking spot.

Corporate Core Values Award Winners: August 2022

August was a banner month for recognizing exceptional teamwork and quality! WIKA USA recognizes the following 11 employees for exemplifying one or more of the company’s core values that month.

Photo above: Ephrem Beneberu and coworkers

Ephrem Beneberu, Dial Design | Lawrenceville | Recognized for Partnership

The entire 2nd shift team for cell 1860 nominated Ephrem Beneberu, the final inspector for that dial room. “He is so helpful to all the 2nd shift workers. No matter what you need, if you ask him, he will do his best to accommodate you. He doesn’t care what your role is – he helps everyone. He does not mind sharing his knowledge regarding the dial room or any other thing that he may know about the company that will help you with your job. Ephrem has a very easy approach and takes everything with a good attitude. He helps out his team members and coworkers. There have been times when we needed a dial and it’s near the end of the shift that night, but he will stop what he is doing and go make the dial for the cell himself.” Thank you, Ephrem, for your helpfulness, positive outlook, and amazing partnership!

Jimmy Chang, Mehidin Salihovic, Mathieu Kayenda, Benjamin Smith in Parts & Receiving | Lawrenceville | Recognized for Excellence

Felicia Hicks gives a big shoutout to four colleagues for cleaning out and loading two scrap trailers in Georgia’s challenging summer weather. “Jimmy and Mehidin worked during the day in 90°F-plus temperatures, while Mathieu and Benjamin cleaned and loaded at night with flashlights and dodged the rain!” We are also appreciative for all that you did and continue to do for WIKA.

Jimmy Chang, Mehidin Salihovic, and coworkers (click to enlarge)

Matthieu Kayenda, Benjamin Smith, and coworkers (click to enlarge)

Wells Woodward, Information Technology | Lawrenceville | Recognized for Excellence

Wells Woodward and coworkers

Ge Vang thanks Wells for saving the day. “We had a power outage over the weekend, which caused one of the PCs to not start up. With it not working, the dial room cannot load any jobs through the computer. Wells was extremely quick in responding to the IT ticket. And because it was not a WIKA computer, Wells had to try and figure out what was wrong. It took trial and error over half a day, but with his dedication and never-give-up attitude, he was able to get the PC back up and running. His actions saved us from losing production time and the trouble of having to contact the PC manufacturer, which could have taken weeks.” Way to go, Wells! You are such an essential part of the entire company.

Judy Fox, Purchasing | Worthington, Ohio | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction

Jim Siebold appreciates all that Judy has done to improve the customer experience at WIKA Sensor Technology. “Judy’s effort to improve the delivery of components, raw materials, and machined parts, through a coordinated effort with Planning, has allowed for improved backlog status and customer delivery.” Nice work, Judy! Your creativity and teamwork are much appreciated.

Artemio Sagrego

Artemio Sagrero, Diaphragm Seals | Houston | Recognized for Partnership

In his nomination, Justin Durr acknowledges the pivotal role that Artemio plays in the Diaphragm Seals division. “Thank you for being flexible and filling roles to keep workflow going. Also, for going above and beyond during inventory to make sure inventory was counted correctly.” We appreciate all that you do, Artemio!

Jerry Socks | Chambersburg, Penn. | Recognized for Partnership

In her nomination, Melissa Weller recognizes Jerry, senior procurement advisor at WIKA Mobile Control, for his teamwork and organization. “An emergency came up while an employee was on vacation. Jerry stepped up to ensure work orders were generated and given to the warehouse and production to keep work flowing.” Thanks for all you do for customers and your coworkers, Jerry!

Christopher Benjamins | Chambersburg, Penn. | Recognized for Customer Satisfaction

Three employees – Jim Kunkle, Jason Miller, and Jason Dean – nominated Christopher, application engineer, for his outstanding customer service. “Christopher has been eager to step in and investigate issues and do testing to support customers and the WIKA team, and he recently was instrumental in a quality issue on a critical customer component. His detailed documentation of the issue has been a crucial tool when communicating with corporate headquarters. What’s more, Christopher found two additional sensors of the same type in the rebuilt inventory, which no one else had discovered. He tested those two sensors and found they were operational. As no other sensors of this type were available, this find was an optional solution for the customer during their critical time of need.” Way to go, Christopher!

Jason Dean | Chambersburg, Penn. | Recognized for Excellence

Sarah Nell praises Jason, sales engineer, for his energy, knowledge, and can-do spirit during a recent event. “WIKA Mobile Control was the silver sponsor of the ALH (Access, Lift & Handlers) Conference, where we first launched our new telehandler system. We also committed to giving a presentation. But due to unforeseen circumstances, the employee who was scheduled to speak couldn’t make it, and we had a very short window to find a replacement. Jason agreed to fill the spot, put together a talk in just a few weeks, and did an excellent job representing WMC on stage!” Well done, Jason!

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