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One year ago, Jessica Wolfe was a single mom with a degree in early childhood education hoping to re-enter the workforce. She filled out an application at a manufacturing company in Monroe.

"I applied and they called and gave me a job. And I said, 'Okay I'll try it.' Never worked in manufacturing before in my life," she said.

The self-described quick-learner did well enough to earn a promotion within a few months.

"(I) was a team lead probably for about four or five months, and then a coordinator job came open," Wolfe said.

Now, she is a coordinator and supervises a group of workers on her shift. Wolfe works at UGN, Inc. The Tinley Park, Illinois-based manufacturer of acoustic interior carpet and thermal products for a number of Japanese automakers with North American manufacturing plants. The Monroe facility opened in 2015 and has already expanded.

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Tinley Park, Ill. (April 22, 2019) — Leading automotive parts manufacturer, UGN, Inc., has been named as one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Illinois.

The annual awards program began in 2006 and is promoted by The Daily Herald Business Ledger in partnership with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, MRA-The Management Association, the Small Business Advocacy Council, and Best Companies Group.  

This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Illinois; organizations that benefit the state's economy, workforce, and businesses.

“As a company we work hard to cultivate a culture that empowers our team members so they can focus on a career path in an environment that feels like a family,” says Peter Anthony, UGN president and CEO. “An award like this is one of the best honors we can receive.”

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Places to Work in Illinois. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of a team member survey to measure their experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.

“Our team members make up the DNA of UGN,” says Anthony. “Their support of each other and shared sense of commitment is what allows us to reach our company goals AND be a place people enjoy coming to each day.”

UGN will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Illinois awards ceremony coordinated by The Daily Herald Business Ledger on Thursday, May 9.

If you are interested in joining the growing UGN team, please visit UGN Careers, or follow the UGN Life page on LinkedIn for a look into the organization’s culture.

For more information on the Best Places to Work in Illinois program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkinIL.com.


About UGN, Inc.

Founded in 1986 as a partnership between Nihon Tokushu Toryo Co. Ltd., (Nittoku) and Autoneum Holding AG, UGN, Inc., is the preferred producer of high-quality acoustic, interior trim, and thermal management products, and a recognized leader in customer satisfaction for the Japanese transplant automotive industry in North America.  

UGN, with more than $450 million in revenue, has six locations in the United States—Novi, Michigan; Jackson, Tennessee; Monroe, Ohio; Somerset, Kentucky; Tinley Park, Illinois; and Valparaiso, Indiana; as well as a location in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico—specializing in manufacturing, research, development, testing, and service support.



From the Somerset Commonwealth Journal:

September 2018 - "Focusing on your company's culture." A great article in HR.com from UGN Alumnus/former team member Gary Felsten.

From the Commonwealth Journal: As a KY FAME sponsoring company, UGN and 11 other Pulaski manufacturing companies help provide part-time, hands-on experience in manufacturing for Somerset Community College (SCC) students working towards an associate's in Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT).

Download a PDF version of the article.

Kentucky FAME

Leading automotive parts manufacturer, UGN, Inc. donated 20 Klein Tools Digital Multi-Meters to the KY FAME program under the Kentucky Work Ready Skills Initiative Grant. The project is a joint venture between Somerset Community College, Pulaski County Area Technology Center (ATC), Cumberlands KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) Board and several other partners.

Illinois-based automotive parts manufacturer UGN, Inc. has announced plans for a 154,000-square-foot expansion at its Monroe, Ohio manufacturing facility. The location was selected over an alternative in Valparaiso, Indiana. The current UGN facility in Monroe focuses on supplying carpet and other automotive flooring products to Toyota and Subaru.

The Warren County site at 201 Exploration Drive was selected over another in Valparaiso, Ind., following an announcement in February that UGN planned to expand at one of its two Midwest locations.

Here are five things to know:

The expansion of UGN Monroe will increase the size of the facility’s current building by 154,000 square feet, requiring 111 new team members and adding close to $6 million in salaries.

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