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Southco – Why Work For Us?

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By focusing on customer satisfaction, we strive to ... Design our products to meet the needs of our customers, control our processes using appropriate techniques, manufacture our products to be defect free, involve all employees in continuous improvement, deliver our products in a timely manner, and support them with quality customer service.

Southco believes first impressions are critical. From quality and performance to aesthetics and ergonomics, we know small touches make a big difference.

That's why the people of Southco are passionate about connecting with our customers to create innovative engineered access hardware solutions aimed at enhancing the "touch points" of our customers' products. Our talented, committed and globally-connected team of associates collaborate with our clients, and with each other, to understand and respond to our customers' needs. Together, we seek to leverage our global resources and deliver customers proven solutions, while reducing the overall cost and cycle time of the project.

Southco has built an unmatched portfolio of access hardware solutions, through innovation and strategic acquisitions. Our offerings include over 25,000 standard catalog products and more than 50,000 custom products that have been created to meet our customers' design needs. In order to meet the ever-changing needs of our customers, Southco has built and invested in a strong global footprint of technical sales, marketing, engineering and manufacturing operations throughout the world.

Open a world of possibilities. Turn to Southco for proven experience, innovative solutions and world-class global support.


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The company was founded in 1899, as a specialty pipe manufacturer for the burgeoning Pennsylvania oil industry. In 1945, Southco, Inc. was created with the entry into the specialty fastener and latch business. Over the past 60 years, we have transformed and grown through innovation, strategic acquisitions and overseas investments into a global leader in Engineered Access Hardware.

Southco solutions are a key part of products you and thousands of others interact with every day. Our engineered access hardware solutions include key "touch points" such as locks, latches, captive fasteners, hinges, handles and other innovative products.

Our application universe is immense and covers industries such as marine, automotive, off-highway/construction, RV/caravan, industrial machinery, enclosures, HVAC, medical equipment and network, telecommunications and computers.

For more than 100 years Southco has helped customers solve and overcome engineering challenges. Our passion, vision and focus today, is to help customers differentiate the engineered "touch points" of their products so they become easier to sell and use by the end users. We strive to realize this vision by investing in a strong technical sales and marketing team backed by engineering and operational excellence.

Southco is an industry leader of today and prepared for the possibilities of tomorrow.

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Southco drives and maintains a management system that is compliant to ISO 9001 and to ISO/TS 16949 standards.

By focusing on customer satisfaction, we strive to design our products to meet the needs of our customers, control our processes using appropriate techniques, manufacture our products to be defect free, involve all employees in continuous improvement, deliver our products in a timely manner, and support them with quality customer service.

Southco Environmental Policy

Southco is committed to the environmental safety and health of its employees, customers and neighbors and to the protection of the environment.

Southco is committed to an effective environmental management system designed to support our strategic business objectives.

The following principles shall apply to all Southco business practices:

  • Conduct business so that environmental challenges are managed as an integral part of current and changing business strategies.
  • Recognition that all Southco associates must be trained to perform their jobs in a safe and environmentally responsible manner.
  • Commitment to the full compliance with applicable governmental requirements and Southco standards.
  • Dedication to prevention of pollution and continuous improvement of our environmental management systems.
  • Establishment of objectives and targets which consider environmental aspects and impacts as an integral part of our business decision-making process.

Environmental Management

Southco has integrated environment management into our existing management system. We firmly believe that for the good of our associates, our neighbors, our customers and our world, we must control our environmental aspects and impacts.


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As an organization that is a recognized global leader, we attract a team of diversified and dedicated individuals who are looking for a great place to work. When you join Southco, you will have the opportunity to work with other talented people who strive to satisfy our customers by building trusted relationships, offering innovative solutions and delivering operational excellence.

At Southco, the possibilities begin with our greatest resource – our people. We are seeking individuals whose values align with ours – results-oriented, unquestionable integrity and professionalism, a passion for creating customer value, belief in a strong global community, and respect for cultural and individual diversity.

We foster an environment where employees can learn and grow. We invest in your development by providing rich experiences. With Southco’s global footprint, we provide career opportunities virtually anywhere in the world.

If you are looking for a dynamic organization that will enable you to increase your personal capabilities and reach your full potential, explore Southco and imagine a future career with us.


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    Seems like a great place to work with a great company culture

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    Former Intern - Assembly Engineering Co-op in Concordville, PA
    Former Intern - Assembly Engineering Co-op in Concordville, PA

    I worked at Southco as an intern (Less than a year)

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    Very family like culture, seems that there are advancement or lateral opportunities. Allow interns and co-ops to do real engineering work a d gaim valuable experience. Interns are actually treated as members of the staff. Employees are treated well. I would definitely recommend the company

    Cons

    Need to know someone to get a foot in the door. They also need to hire more maintenance people to keep machines running efficiently

    Advice to Management

    Hire more maintenance staff

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    I had 2 phone interviews that seemed to go pretty well. After the second interview I was offered the opportunity to come in for an in person interview. I provided my availability and received a response 2 days later from the HR recruiter I had my 2nd interview with stating that they had interviewed someone 1 day prior (the day after my 2nd interview & when I was offered an opportunity to come in for a 3rd interview) and decided to go with that individual. As you can guess, it was a bit of a slap in the face to me. I found it to be unethical and unprofessional. Why would they invite me in for an interview if they knew that they could possibly hire someone else who was already going through the interview process? It's highly unethical and it was a huge waste of time. I'm very glad that I did not end up working for thus company. This experience taught me a lot about the company and I would not recommend anyone interview with them because they may do the same thing to you.

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Additional Info

Website www.southco.com
Headquarters Concordville, PA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1945
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Southco holds the key that unlocks the global access solutions market. A subsidiary of South Chester Tube Co., Southco manufactures and distributes engineered access control hardware for automotive, computer, HVAC, industrial machinery, marine, mass transit, medical, military, RV, and telecom applications. Its products include cam locks, captive fasteners, drive rivets, handles and pulls, hinges, and latches, as well as electronic access products, such as key systems and readers. All told the company offers some 25,000 standardized and 50,000 customized products. Southco... More

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