Culture is often one of the most overused buzzwords in the workplace today.
Employers love to talk a lot about “workplace culture” but for many employees, such talk is meaningless. It’s only the source of endless emails and meetings that waste everyone’s time.
But in Chowan County, North Carolina, there’s one company that does “culture” well, and they are based right here in Edenton.
To the outsider, Regulator Marine is known far and wide as one of the world’s premier center-console boat builders.
Their product is legendary for its quality, consistency, and attention to detail. On a Regulator, every screw is tightened the same way, the attention to detail goes far beyond what people expect, and they are unbelievably durable.
As a company, they are proud of their product, but ask anyone, from the founders of this company down to the employees working the floor, and they’ll all say the same thing: Regulator Marine is about more than boats. It’s about culture.
At Regulator Marine, the culture is not based on what a lot of companies would consider “good enough” or standard.
Instead, the standards set at Regulator stem from the mission and vision of Joan and Owen Maxwell, who founded the company in 1988.
This mission and vision has guided the growth of the company for the past three-plus decades.
So, what is this mission and vision?
You can find it prominently embedded throughout the company, both visually and practically.
In short, the heart of the mission and vision at Regulator Marine is “dedication to team members, customers, community, and God” by not only producing the best quality boat but also by investing in people, and in doing so, honoring God.
What does this look like in practice on a daily basis?
At the beginning of every shift, employees gather, pray, and recite together their core values, a constant reminder that people matter, both employees and customers.
Those core values are safety, integrity, personal accountability, and stewardship.
These principles are the standards by which employees are evaluated and promoted. It is also the secret to the success of their manufacturing process.
So, what does it take to be a successful employee at Regulator?
The number one qualification is showing an openness to instruction and feedback, as well as a readiness to embrace the “Regulator way.”
The standards are high! Regulator team members do not settle for “good enough” and strive for excellence in every aspect of their work.
Patience and perseverance are also valuable qualities to bring to the table as you meet the rigorous demands of the job – understanding that this rigor is balanced by joy and support in equal measure.
That support extends to the local community.
Take a look around Edenton and Chowan County and you’ll find Regulator’s employees involved in coaching kids’ sports, volunteering at the food pantry, supporting civic organizations, and investing in the lives of their neighbors – all with the unwavering support of the Regulator family.
In short, Regulator cares about people, and it shows through the impact they are making right here in Edenton.
What kind of company do you want to work for?
Are you looking for new opportunities, a better quality of life, or a work environment that truly cares about people rather than just the bottom line?
Check out Regulator’s Careers Page. There are a variety of opportunities to be a part of a team where “culture” means something more than a buzzword.
In Edenton and Chowan County, we are proud of the many manufacturers, including Regulator Marine, who invest in our community, produce quality products, and value their employees.
If you’re looking for work/life balance and a quality of life that supports your goals and dreams, we invite you to check out Edenton and Chowan County.
The Edenton-Chowan Partnership is always available to help you explore the possibilities! Together, we’re building a better future where you find the respect you deserve, the amenities you crave, and the lifestyle you want in Chowan County.