“I began working in agriculture and then turned to manufacturing due to an interest in innovation and driving improvements in producing products,” Bobby Jones, manufacturing manager at Koyo Bearings, said. “I love the challenges and opportunities manufacturing has afforded me. I’m proud to be part of this family for 27 years.”
Bobby credits manufacturing to his personal and professional growth and desire to help others. He’s involved with Georgia Southern University’s engineering advisory program, Ogeechee Technical College’s Board of Directors, and a regional industrial group working to resolve manufacturing needs, which helped identify a need for industrial maintenance workers. Bobby’s influence advanced partnerships between local industries, Development Authorities, and Ogeechee Technical College to create an industrial maintenance lab, from grant funding, so employees could gain skills to advance their career. He and colleagues also provide technical sponsorships and tours to educate middle schoolers about manufacturing.
Bobby said, “Helping others is important to me. My wife and I own a certified therapy dog. We visit Assisted Living residents, Special Olympics, library reading programs, and school children bringing them comfort and enjoyment.”