Global Finishing Solutions® (GFS) is a family-owned and operated company, focused on our family of exceptional employees. With this “people-first” approach, our employees have every chance to flourish and make their mark. This is especially true for a company of our size and culture. Although a large and growing business — with more than 400 employees — our heart is in the small town, homegrown values. Headquartered in Osseo, Wisconsin, we are just a short 20-minute drive to Eau Claire and less than a two-hour drive to the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Many of our employees enjoy spending their free time outdoors, with year-round activities such as hunting, fishing, biking, running, snowmobiling and boating.
Our core values define our company culture and guide every aspect of our business. A low turnover rate — with many of our employees staying with us through retirement — is a testament to the culture we have built and continue to live by. Coupled with a strong work ethic, GFS continually invests and reinvests in our employees, encouraging them to advance within the company and their career, as well as celebrating their successes within the company. Below is a snapshot of how GFS likes to give back to our employees and invest in our company culture. Learn more by clicking through the photos below:
“I worked on a farm for many years. When the industry took a turn, and I had a baby on the way, I looked for a more stable position. I saw an opening at GFS for a welder and applied. I didn’t have a lot of experience — only minor welding on the farm — but they were willing to give me a chance and train me.”
Tim UrnessWelder III
“Being in a place where you have an opportunity to work with a diverse range of people with different qualities and talents, and get to figure out how we can all best work together to resolve issues and improve our processes, is very rewarding.”
Westley BennettApplications Software Developer
“When I talk about GFS, people are always impressed by how much the company cares about me as a person — I am not seen as a number. I enjoy the flexibility that GFS offers, along with the cross-training opportunities."
Cory LangeBrake Press Operator II
“You don’t stay at a job for almost 30 years if you don’t like the people you work with — I love them like family!”
Pam Berg-MerrittCosting Specialist
"GFS has without a doubt helped me grow as a person. I have been introduced to many people and faced countless challenges. This diversity has helped me become who I am today."
Michael HarringtonInstall Supervisor
"Working at GFS has allowed — and encouraged — me the flexibility of having a life outside of work, coach my kids in multiple sports, as well as being able to grow as a leader and a person."
Dana Kensmoe works as a welder for GFS. When she first started at the company, it was only 12 minutes from where she lived. Now, she gladly drives 45 minutes each way because “the benefits and the people are great.”
We love to give back — to our employees, community and the people who live in it. GFS provides monetary donations, scholarships and custom-made fire rings for community events, fundraisers, silent auctions and more.
Global Goodness is a GFS employee recognition program that acknowledges and rewards employees for going above and beyond their normal job duties. Employees are nominated by other employees, and the committee selects monthly, quarterly and annual winners.
GFS plans fun events every year for employees and their families. This includes an annual holiday party, spring family outing, and summer golf and bean bags outing for employees and significant others.
From personal protective equipment (PPE) to lockout/tagout to material handling equipment, the safety committee provides an open forum to discuss recent accidents, near misses, corrective actions and opportunities for improvement.
The goal of the ergonomics committee is to relieve pain and discomfort from your daily desk life. Employees can request to be evaluated for a ball chair, standing desk or other ergonomic desk accessories.
GFS is dedicated to helping employees in times of need due to prolonged illness or natural disasters. Programs and fundraising efforts are held at GFS throughout the year, with 100 percent of the money raised going to GFS families in need.
The GFS Wellness Committee is designed to encourage and reward employees for making healthy, active lifestyle choices. All GFS employees are eligible to participate in the Wellness Incentive Program by completing approved wellness activities throughout the month to receive GFS Wellness Points, redeemable for gift cards, Eau Claire Chamber Bucks, GFS apparel, prize drawings and more.
Health club/gym memberships
Smoking cessation programs
Weight loss programs
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