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YKK AP America Overview

Austell, GA
501 to 1000 employees
1991
Company - Private
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
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As the North American arm of the global YKK AP group of companies, YKK AP America is a technology oriented ... Read more

Mission: We’re more than a good local company. We’re part of a global company that does good.

From product performance to sustainable design, we think of ourselves as a partner. A partner in imparting knowledge, in pushing innovation and in ... Read more

Company Updates

  • We are proud to announce the expansion of our residential division, as we welcome three new team members - Michael West, Shurnell James and Kyle Peterson. Together, their depth of knowledge, experience and professionalism will extend YKK AP's continued commitment to excellence in service.

    YKK AP America Expands Residential Division with New Sales and Customer Service Representatives - News & Events - YKK AP Commercial Aluminum Building Products

    New team members will drive the company forward by contributing to its growth and reinforcing its continued commitment to excellence in service AUSTELL, Ga. (Feb. 11, 2019) - YKK AP America today announced it has expanded its residential sales and customer service team with the addition of three new hires.

  • Team building being done right in Boston today - an adrenaline rush combined with some friendly competition!

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YKK AP America – Why Work For Us?


WE AIM TO BUILD THE MOST TRUSTED ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS COMPANY IN THE USA

AT YKK AP AMERICA, WE AIM TO BUILD THE MOST TRUSTED ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS COMPANY IN THE USA

Our foundation is a workforce driven by pride, equipped with the most modern training and technology and recognized for their expertise. Our frame is an uncompromising quality in the design and development of innovative products, advanced manufacturing process and reliable delivery systems. Our facade reflects the enduring relationships we establish through proactive and professional service to our customers. 

WE’RE MORE THAN A GOOD LOCAL COMPANY. WE’RE PART OF A GLOBAL COMPANY THAT DOES GOOD.

From product performance to sustainable design, we think of ourselves as a partner. A partner in imparting knowledge, in pushing innovation and in sharing ideas for the benefit of society. When Tadao Yoshida founded YKK, he had this core philosophy in mind: “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others.” We take those words to heart in everything we do.After all, we don’t operate in a vacuum. We’re not an enterprise separate from greater society but an important member of it. We coexist with other businesses. We support the building industry. We work to improve quality of life. At YKK, we truly measure our value by our contributions to others—not by individual prosperity. 

PUTTING PHILOSOPHY INTO PRACTICE

We call our philosophy the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™. And it’s how we do business. We start with the premise that one can prosper while contributing to humankind. The two concepts are not mutually exclusive.Consider this case in point: By reducing material loss in the manufacturing process, we can lower the cost of the final product to the end user and simultaneously make the best use of limited resources. The result? Everyone shares in the profits. 

So how do we actually walk the talk? YKK Corporation global chairman, Tadahiro Yoshida has put forth worldwide guiding management principles that we live by every day that pursue quality outcomes in seven main categories:

  • Society
  • Customers
  • Employees
  • Fairness
  • Products
  • Technology
  • Management

The first three represent the stakeholders YKK AP strives to benefit. The latter three represent the means to create value. And fairness, in the middle, permeates all that we do. 

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AT YKK AP, YOU WILL FIND A COMPANY THAT:

Cares about people, not just profits.

Our company culture is built upon YKK’s philosophy called the CYCLE OF GOODNESS™.   We believe that providing value and being fair to our customers and our employees is what makes us a successful company in return.  We offer competitive compensation packages, training and advancement opportunities.Guided by our core values and fundamental behaviors, we strive to foster a caring company, committed employees and challenging work that benefits our employees, customers and communities.

Strives to be the most respected architectural products manufacturer.

We’ve been providing local jobs and adding value in the communities we serve since 1991.  You can feel good about working for a strong company with a focus on customer satisfaction and employee engagement.  You will be part of the elite team making architectural products that bring beauty and function to people’s lives.YKK AP is proud to be recognized for its innovation, quality products, customer service and positive image in the industry.  As a good corporate citizen, we are also leaders in sustainable manufacturing where our Dublin, Macon and Dallas manufacturing facilities adhere to stringent environmental standards.

Is not just a good company, but a company that does good.

YKK AP is active in the industries we serve and in the communities our employees call home.  Each year we support and participate in numerous events as a partner, thought leader, exhibitor or educator.  Many employees also take part in activities both inside and outside of the workplace that add benefit to themselves or the lives of others in the community.

Offers benefits for wellness and security.

YKK AP America provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide the security they need to enjoy life at home and ad work.  By providing a high level of benefit coverage at reasonable cost to the employee, we hope to foster a long and productive employment relationship.Below is a partial list of benefits offered by YKK AP America:

  • 3 Health plan options
  • Dental plan
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision care
  • Flexible spending account /Health savings account options
  • 401(k) plan and matching
  • Term Life Insurance for employee, spouse, and children
  • Short term and long term disability
  • Education assistance for employees
  • Scholarships for children
  • Paid holidays and paid vacation time

YKK AP America Reviews

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    I have been working at YKK AP America full-time

    Pros

    YKK now allows somewhat flexible hours that one can choose to best fit his/her personal life. Management professionalism facilitates open communication with employees so that problems can be solved effectively, but also offer enough space such that I don't feel micro-managed. I get a general feeling that my work is appreciated.

    Workplace activities such as occasional lunches and outings also go a long way in making YKK fun to work at.

    For those who have worked here 15 years or longer, the rewards are worth having persevered.

    Cons

    Our headquarters location in Austell is also in an area of rather significant property crime, mostly vehicle break-ins.

    Advice to Management

    We do have surveillance cameras here (inside and out), but installing visible signs saying something like "Surveillance Used Here" would let those with criminal intent know they are being watched--which may act as a deterrent.

    YKK also might look into providing telecommuting for at least some employees (if software licensing would permit it.)

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YKK AP America Interviews

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    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at YKK AP America (Macon, GA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process was very fast. They just place you where you need help. They don't explain any procedures or anything that you just don't care. But overall it's not worth it

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YKK AP America Awards & Accolades

  • Top Metal Companies, Glass Magazine, 2017
  • Women in Glazing, US Glass Magazine, 2017
  • Best Companies to Work for in the Glass Industry, USGlass Magazine, 2013
  • Architectural Products Product Innovation Awards, Architectural Products, 2017
  • 2018 Top Workplace Awards: Workplace Achiever, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 2018
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