Standard Motor Products (SMP) strives to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in our policies and practices because we believe an equitable environment of diverse people, working together, aids our success. A single person or a singular mindset cannot sustain a global operation such as SMP.
Who we are.
At SMP, a culture of diversity has always been the force that drives us forward. Our foundation was built upon the legacy of diverse individuals with an unwavering commitment to an inclusive workplace. We will continue this legacy by fostering the creative, innovative and unique ideas of our employees, which allows them to excel.
What we do.
We are building a fluid and comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) strategy as a roadmap for the collective success of all our stakeholders from every background.
How we do it.
We achieve our DE&I goals by listening, engaging and creating an environment where each employee feels valued and empowered, through the intentional promotion of policies and practices that fosters a rewarding work-life environment for our employee-family.
We achieve our diversity, equity, and inclusion goals by supporting a workforce where each employee feels valued, empowered, and fully engaged in their work. We are developing a comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy as a roadmap for our collective success. These measures include the formation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, which works to devise strategies for training, education, and empowerment of employees as well as recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce. Concrete actions include in-depth reviews of hiring practices and affirmative outreach to ensure proper applicant flow from communities of color and women.
The journey to sustainable, organizational inclusion starts from within...
Individually, each of us must be willing to commit, both publicly and privately, to make inclusion a personal priority in our decision making character. Once we’ve made the commitment to becoming an Inclusion Champion, and made it a personal priority, we need to begin being intentional about what inclusion actually looks like. Operating in this mindset will equip us to start thinking and leading inclusively.
So what does inclusion look like?!?! Most research agrees that Inclusion Champions tend to share six (6) behavioral traits that not only promotes diversity, but also cultivates a work environment that allows everyone to thrive. View the image above to learn what those six traits are.
Periodically, SMP will be spotlighting members of our diverse family.
Please meet Lynn Teats, 2nd Shift Supervisor working out of our Indy location.
Hello, my name is Lynn Teats and I am the 2nd shift supervisor for SMP Independence. I come from a military family with my grandfather serving in the Navy during WW2 and my father retiring from the Army after 22 years serving in the Korean and Vietnam War. My brother served 4 years in the Army and served in Desert Shield on a Patriot Missile team. I enlisted right out of High School in the Army as an Infantry paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division stationed at Fort Bragg North Carolina. I was fortunate enough to attend Jungle Training in Panama, Winter Warfare Training in Alaska and participated in a Return of Forces to Germany (REFORGER) exercise in 1980 where units of my division launched the largest mass parachute assault on Germany since World War 2 Operation Market Garden.
I am of mixed race as my father James E. Teats (Caucasian) met and married my mother Yoko “Shibata” Teats while stationed in Okinawa Japan. I have an older sister and a younger brother.
After serving 4 years in the Army I was honorably discharged so that I could attend an Electronic Technology School (DeVry Institute of Technology). After graduating, half of my class were hired by AT&T Technologies in the Dallas Texas area where I worked as an Electronic Technician for 1.5 years until all of the electronic companies started laying off and moving overseas. Texas Instruments being the biggest in the Dallas area closed up completely and I was one of 25,000 people that AT&T Technologies laid off in 1986.
Since that time I have worked as an Industrial Maintenance mechanic, Maintenance Supervisor and Production Supervisor at different companies and looking forward to rounding out my twilight years here at SMP Independence with my wife of 31 years and close to our children and grand child.