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Inspiring Our Next Generation: MFG Day 2018

Over the next decade, it is expect that nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. With the conventional four-year college push, trade schools labeled as the “alternative”, and baby boomers retiring, position openings in the trades are more than plentiful.

In support of raising awareness about pursuing a career in the trades, Bass participated in our second year of MFG (Manufacturing) Day! This day is held and celebrated to address common misperceptions about the manufacturing industry and to give companies like ours an opportunity to open our doors, invite the youth, and educate them on the opportunities that they have in choosing a path that leads to working in the trades. MFG Day’s main goal is to help our communities and future generations thrive and to showcase what the trades have to offer.

This year, we were proud to host a group of students from Lancaster County Academy on Tuesday, October 23rd! Bass’ MFG Day consisted of a presentation, shop tour, and an interactive activity. For the activity, the students had the opportunity to assemble their own mini Bass sign!

Bass is honored to take part in the MFG Day initiative in order to help bridge the skills gap and educate our local youth about the many opportunities available to them in the future!

National Welding Month '18

Every April, National Welding Month is celebrated with the sole purpose of recognizing the impact that welding has in our community and everyday life. Each and every day construction sites, manufacturing plants, and shipyards are filled with skilled welding professionals who work to build America’s structures and products. The month of April is a chance to spotlight every welder that contributed to the welding industry’s past, present, and future.

At Bass, we wanted to celebrate National Welding Month by showcasing a few of our hard working welders that act as the seam not just to our projects but also to our business. These guys dedicate their life to being “under the hood” and “laying sick beads”.

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William Settle

Shop Foreman

Bill’s favorite welding process is SMAW - otherwise known as stick welding. He has 5 1/2 years’ experience under the hood and is #TeamLincoln when it comes to welder brands! Our guys #StackDimes for days!

 

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Ed Kosmela

Fitter/Welder

Ed has been #LayingBeads for about 30 years. He started out this venture with pipe welding on board ships with the US Navy. Ed is #TeamLincoln when it comes to welder brands.

Meet Bass' New President

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Bass would like to take the time to introduce to you our new President, Jeffrey Ream. Ream was recently brought into the Bass family effective May 8, 2018 to lead Bass and since, has been hitting the ground running on organizing and shaping Bass into even greater success as a business and an employer in Lancaster County.  

“I am humbled and excited that Bass’ board members have entrusted me to lead their business forward. The entire team at Bass is poised and ready for the stabilization of the company, the growth of the business, and the challenges for success” said Ream. “My genuine, transparent, and servant leadership style will engage innovation and positive change throughout the organization without majorly disrupting the experience and success Bass has seen to date”.

Ream comes to Bass with 38 years of industry knowledge, previously working at a family-owned industrial contracting business also located in Lancaster County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College and most recently completed his MBA/strategic management from Villanova University.

“I am blessed that I have been given many opportunities for personal and career growth throughout my previous tenure. This experience and knowledge, coupled with what I learned from my advanced education, has given me the tools to do something great for such a good organization” said Ream.


Q&A:

WHAT DO YOU WISH TO ACHIEVE AT BASS WITHIN THE NEXT YEAR?

“There is so much that I could say but I think fundamentally, I would like to achieve earning trust from the team. Trust that I will support, encourage, mentor, and grow the busines with them and for them.”

 

WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR THE EMPLOYEES OF BASS?

“Return home safely each day, be able to earn a nice living, prepare for retirement, and have a feeling of appreciation, satisfaction, and acknowledgement by the Bass team.”

 

WHAT KIND OF EXAMPLE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SET FOR YOUR TEAM?

“Never stop learning and engage.”

 

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY DOING WHEN YOU ARE NOT AT WORK?

“I enjoy hanging on my patio with friends and family with a bourbon, cigar, and music. Cooking, grilling, and some travel. Love the pacific northwest, and northeast.”

 

FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR?

“Definitely chocolate peanut butter. Reeses fiend here.”

 

FAVORITE BAND/SINGER? 

“Different moods, different songs. Overall, Billy Joel, Jimmy Buffet, Big Band.”

 

TEAM MILLER, TEAM LINCOLN, OR OTHER?

“Gotta go with the Blue (a good friend of mine sunk it in).”

 

Bass Annnounces New President

LANCASTER, PA – Bass, an industrial contracting company located in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously chosen Jeffrey Ream as the business’s next President effective May 8th.


“The board and I are confident that Jeff is the right person to build on Bass’ momentum and lead the company into even greater success” said Jade Dunivant, chairwoman of Bass’ board of directors. “He is a seasoned leader with extensive experience in this industry whom we believe will also protect and cultivate the positive work environment at Bass. We are very lucky to have him join our team”.


“I am humbled and excited that Bass’ board members have entrusted me to lead their business forward. The entire team at Bass is poised and ready for the stabilization of the company, the growth of the business, and the challenges for success” said Ream. “My genuine, transparent, and servant leadership style will engage innovation and positive change throughout the organization without majorly disrupting the experience and success Bass has seen to date”.


Ream's 38 years of industry knowledge has provided him the benefit of managing through the economic cycles of the industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Elizabethtown College and most recently completed his MBA/strategic management from Villanova University.


“I am blessed that I have been given many opportunities for personal and career growth throughout my previous tenure. This experience and knowledge, coupled with what I learned from my advanced education, has given me the tools to do something great for such a good organization” said Ream. “Emphasis on the four elements of a successful company will enable Bass to become a respected and envied employer of Lancaster County and beyond. Those four elements are customer satisfaction, employee respect and engagement, innovation, and social responsibility. My goal for the future of Bass is to become the leader for each one”.


Ream succeeds Casey Baum, who stepped down from CEO to pursue another career path after serving Bass for three and a half years with the family company.


For over 20 years, Bass has continued to adapt and grow. As the company looks forward, they will continue to provide a high level of craftsmanship, service, and company culture to its customers and employees and continue to evolve as a leader in the industrial contracting industry.

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