East Canton, Ohio – Barbco, Inc, a world class manufacturer of capital equipment for the trenchless excavation, horizontal directional drilling, and underground manufacturing industries is very pleased to share the news that Omneity Innovations has added four new SUPERFANTASTIC staff members. Omneity Innovations was spun off from Barbco, Incorporated last year and services as Barbco’s in-house Engineering and Machine Field Service staff. In addition, these talented folks are offering their expertise and services to the world at large!
The four newest members of Team Omneity Innovations bring a varied skillset gleaned walking differing paths. They all landed at 207 Schneider St SE in North Canton after casual conversations with CEO Eddie Kee. The usual interviews and offers followed, and the team grew by 4! So, who are these stars, what do they bring, and from where did they arrive?
Michael Swope’s path has been the longest. He began working “my way through school as a Millwright apprentice in the steel mills around Canton, Ohio.” Swope’s experiences at billion-dollar companies in the transportation sector of the economy., including Hendrickson International and Bridgestone Firestone Corporation. Mike decided to take the leap into small business, using his professional skills and managerial experience to manage the engineering, sales, service, and production departments. “I am excited by the prospect of guiding this team of talented individuals to success. I will see Omneity Innovations become truly a multinational leader in the utility contractor support industry.”
Mike spends his downtime with his wife, adult children, and dog. He is also involved in leadership of many fraternal and civic organizations. Making the community we share stronger and better is his driving focus.
Tami Clark comes to Omneity Innovations with a combination of careers in sales, education, music, and ministry. All of these combine as she reaches beyond Barbco’s and Omneity’s current clientele to uncover others who need the specialization Omneity brings. Seeking a career outside of the classroom led to an evaluation of gifts and talents. Recognizing her sales and marketing background held her package, she jumped out of the classroom and into the Boring hole! Tami will continue to volunteer with flag and drill teams this fall, as an adult advisor for a girl’s fraternal organization, designing and creating the media for her church, and leading prayer studies. But her most favorite people to share life with are her grandchildren, husband, children, and brother.
Angelo Cico is our draftsman. He found this career exploring woodworking, steelworks, and training in engineering, polymers, and design. A conversation with Eddie and some others about college education paths opened the door for this match of skills and knowledge! Becoming a stronger draftsman and designer, using new software to strengthen problem solving and team building skills with his work is the appeal of Omneity Innovations. Angelo describes himself as dedicated and diligent, willing to do anything it takes to get the job done, and to adapt quickly. This grit ensures Angelo easily fits into the team at Omneity. Outside of fraternal organizations and his wife and family, Angleo likes to explore nature. “Going hiking is so much fun! The places you see and the things you can accomplish when put to the test is amazing. The enjoyment of spending evening and weekends with the family helps keep me feeling young.”
And like so many of our young, the events of the past eighteen months stalled their emerging careers. Matthew Honnaker was in his last semester at the University of Mount Union studying Mechanical Engineering and entrepreneurship. Being his industrious self, he maintained employment on a mowing crew and other general labor jobs when his classmate encouraged him to apply at Omneity. Although Matt had spent almost a year interning with the City of Alliance Engineering department, he sought practical experience to pair with the knowledge and education. His ability to “learn how to learn and apply critical thinking skills” has equipped Matt with the tools to grow in an industry he had never heard. “Thankfully Omneity has some very impressive people that have a lot of knowledge about the industry and have been a very helpful resource. I see myself growing by how I apply the use CAD software (solidworks) unlike I have every before and finding new and better ways to use it.” Matt also recognizes he brings a fresh view to the projects.
“I am very excited to be with the company. I believe there is so much potential with the concept of this company. I believe we can with the help of Barbco continue to shape and innovate the trenchless tunneling industry. This company is set up to design, build, and service this industry while creating an environment that will soon expand into new and exciting ventures. “