thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America Receives 2017 Employer of the Year Award from the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities

thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-performance suspension solutions and top employer in the Hamilton area, has been named 2017 Employer of the Year by the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities. The company was honored today at the Council’s 2017 Awards Meeting in Columbus, Ohio.

The Ohio Employer of the Year Awards are presented each year to the most outstanding employers of people with disabilities in the state. The employers selected are considered a symbol of all who have significantly contributed to employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

 “Hard work can come from anyone, and at Bilstein, we are dedicated to hiring people of all abilities,” said Fabian Schmahl, president and CEO, thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America. “We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Ohio Governor’s Council for this achievement and hope to set a positive example for companies looking to follow a similar path.”

 Currently, the company has hired a total of 15 individuals with disabilities through a partnership with the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ job development program. Team members work a variety of entry-level positions across the plant floor and warehouse, with many working full-time and receiving full benefits.

“We congratulate thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America on receiving this honor,” said Matthew Sauer, Ph.D., chair of the Ohio Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities. “Our panel of judges was truly impressed with the company’s commitment to not only hiring people with disabilities, but making them full members of their team.”

In 2015, the Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities also awarded thyssenkrupp Bilstein the 2015 Employer of the Year Award. Additionally, the company’s Project LIFE internship program is designed to assist young adults with disabilities in building foundational skills needed for work, adulthood and social aspects of daily life.

 “Each member of our team has made our company the leader it is today,” said Schmahl. “We are proof that hiring people with disabilities works, and we are focused on providing opportunities that help them gain independence, develop confidence and see success in their careers.”

For information on joining the thyssenkrupp Bilstein team, visit the thyssenkrupp careers page

Kellie Harris
Director, Media and Communications
thyssenkrupp North America, Inc.
Phone: 1 (312) 525-2790
E-mail: kellie.harris@thyssenkrupp.com

About thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, Inc.

thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America, a business unit of thyssenkrupp’s Components Technology business area, manufactures and distributes premium quality, high-performance shock absorbers for original equipment manufacturers and various aftermarket and motorsports outlets. With four locations across North America, the company employs more than 850 employees.

Across the globe, the name thyssenkrupp Bilstein stands for innovation and high-tech solutions in chassis engineering. With its competitive chassis engineering solutions and with production facilities in Europe, North and South America, and Asia, the company supplies products for the complete spectrum of damping applications.

About thyssenkrupp:

thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. Around 156,000 employees in nearly 80 countries work with passion and technological expertise to develop high-quality products and intelligent industrial processes and services for sustainable progress. In fiscal year 2015/2016 thyssenkrupp generated sales of around €39 billion (approximately $43.3 billion). thyssenkrupp North America, Inc. employs more than 21,000 people across the United States, Canada and Mexico. In fiscal year 2015/2016 thyssenkrupp generated sales of approximately €9 billion ($9.9 billion) in the region.

For more information visit: www.thyssenkrupp.com.

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thyssenkrupp is a diversified industrial group with traditional strengths in materials and a growing share of capital goods and services businesses. In North America, thyssenkrupp employs more than 21,000 people across the United States, Canada and Mexico. In fiscal year 2015/2016, thyssenkrupp generated sales of approximately €9 billion ($9.9 billion) in the region, accounting for almost 23% of the Group’s total sales.

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Hard work can come from anyone, and at Bilstein, we are dedicated to hiring people of all abilities. We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Ohio Governor's Council for this achievement and hope to set a positive example for companies looking to follow a similar path.
Fabian Schmahl, President and CEO, thyssenkrupp Bilstein
We congratulate thyssenkrupp Bilstein of America on receiving this honor. Our panel of judges was truly impressed with the company's commitment to not only hiring people with disabilities, but making them full members of their team.
Matthew Sauer, Ph.D., chair of the Ohio Governor's Council on People with Disabilities