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UMP’s 75th Anniversary: Looking Back, Moving Forward

75th Anniversary Lunch – May 27, 2021 At the end of May, we were able to hold a 75th year anniversary lunch simultaneously at all three facility locations in Cleveland, OH,  Toledo, OH and Pharr, Tx. After the UMP story with CEO Scott Seaholm, which chronicles the 75 year journey of UMP, we decided to pause for a little recap…



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Kristin J
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UMP “Can-Do” That

UMP has a reputation. While it’s well known by our staff, customers and suppliers, it usually doesn’t show until there’s panic, emergencies, and even potential shutdowns. UMP has a can-do attitude about helping our customers get out of sticky spots. It’s where UMP really shines and quality never suffers despite the fact that there is a time crunch.This way of…



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Past, Present and Future

75th Anniversary of the Universal Metal Products Family In honor of UMP’s 75th Anniversary, I had a conversation with CEO Scott Seaholm to talk about everything from the company’s humble beginnings, to a glimpse into the future of the UMP family. Q:  Tell us about UMP’s beginnings. Universal Metal Products was founded in 1946 by Thomas Dahlstrand in an old…



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Breaking Barriers in Tool & Die

Danielle Cutler completes Apprenticeship and state Journeyperson Certification “There is no reason why women cannot excel in the tool and die profession.” Kristin Jenkins, Executive VP - Director of Sales & Diversity for UMP, sees the path for women as a certainty. “Just about everything you touch - steel, plastic and glass - requires a die, which leads back to…



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Women in Manufacturing: A Family Business Reimagined

Sisters Kristin Jenkins and Kimberly Koeth began to take over Universal Metal Products (UMP) a year and half ago as Director of Sales and Director of Administration, respectively. “It was an exciting time,” says Kim, “because we knew how much it meant to our father.”  UMP: A Father’s Dream Realized Their father, Scott, bought UMP in 1987. The sisters grew…



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Room for Growth: Women Finding Their Niche in Manufacturing

It is the very evolution of manufacturing, and other traditionally male-dominated industries, that make these industries target rich for women who are considering their next career move.  According to a report by census.gov, women make up nearly half of the working population (47.5%), yet they remain underrepresented in the manufacturing industry (29%). Let’s explore why this landscape is poised to…



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Diving Into The Advancements Of Women In Leadership Positions

Women In Leadership It's no secret that women have had to face many challenges when it comes to leadership roles in the workplace and equal pay as their male counterparts. In this article, we are going to discuss women in leadership positions and how their role has changed as the world has evolved. Women today are still fighting against certain…