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Meet Greta Pence - WIFI@Work


Greta (Labernik) Pence

I have been in the industry since 1982. Worked my way up through the ranks from a machine operator to operations manager and beyond. I held positions in accounting, inventory, customer service, and purchasing. I was always the person to call if you had a question (even when I didn’t work for you anymore). I have enjoyed the challenges of a male dominated industry. Working side by side with my mentors along the way showed me the diversity of the fastener industry and just where I needed to be.

Journey – How did you start in the fastener industry?

I started working with fasteners at 15 in southern California as a machine operator making set screws and springs. As a teenager that didn’t last very long, but I stayed in manufacturing and finishing of industrial products. I learned as much about the Metals and Fastener Industry as I could and it certainly helped in my career.

I moved to Sacramento in 1990 where I took my first step into Distribution with ABC Supply Company. Connie Prentice and her son Greg really took me in and taught me a great deal about fasteners and distribution.

A few years later I moved on and went into wholesale distribution with Bay Standard Manufacturing. Shortly after this change my children needed me at home and I took a break from the hustle and bustle.

I was really looking forward to getting back into the workforce and had a great opportunity in purchasing with Lord and Sons in 1998. It was wonderful being back in the swing with the diverse customer needs. As I moved into management I was happy to share my knowledge with new associates coming up within the company. Everything I learned along the way I tried to pass along. In 2012 I returned to Bay Standard as their Purchasing Manager with a focus on increasing their footprint in global market. With great success the company has been flourishing and growing.