Genco Stamping & Manufacturing Co.
George Akers’ official title at Genco Stamping & Manufacturing Co. may be company president, but in his mind, there’s no distinction between him and any of the company’s 65 other employees in terms of their importance.
“You’re only as good as the people who work with you, and I believe we’re all in this together,” he says. “I may have the title of president beside my name, but that doesn’t make me different than the person operating the press; I just have different decisions to make.”
Akers attributes Genco’s team-oriented approach to its status as an employee-owned company. The Cookeville, Tenn.-based business, founded in 1969, established an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) in 2004, two years before Akers started there.