Nestor Torres describes his dream job.
“A perfect job would allow me to use all my experience, everything I've learned over the past 40 years working in quality, manufacturing, logistics, and plant management, “ he said. “And make it meaningful by having a positive impact on people's lives. For me, that would be the ideal job.”
Fortunately for Torres, that description is a perfect match for his current position as Senior Director of Manufacturing for Goodwill Southeast Georgia’s G-Force Manufacturing, a job he's held since December of 2015, Before moving to Savannah, Torres lived in Richmond Virginia where he worked for seven years at as Director of Logistics for Goodwill of Central and Coastal Virginia
It was in Richmond that Torres met Michael J. Winckler, the current President and CEO of Goodwill of the Coastal Empire. “I worked with Michael at Goodwill in Richmond and he invited me to come down to Savannah after he became CEO here,” Torres said. “He was responsible for developing many new business partnerships for Goodwill in Virginia and I'm looking forward to helping him expand our G-Force partnerships in Savannah.”
For the past 27 years, G-Force has manufactured component parts for the private jets manufactured by Gulfstream Aerospace. With a staff of approximately 45 employees, G-Force currently produces acoustic and thermal insulation parts that help reduce excessive cabin noise and heat in the aircraft's interior compartments. They also manufacture zippered leather components for aircraft cockpit controls and handle packaging and assemblage jobs for other local companies.
“Goodwill is an amazing place to work,” Torres said. “Because we really do change lives for the better through the power of work. We believe in the power of redemption– that everyone deserves a second chance. For that reason, some of our G-force workers may have served time in prison. But Goodwill is all about reducing barriers to employment, no matter what they might be, so if you pass our background check and drug test, we'll try hard to find a job for you here.”
Torres said full-time G-Force employees receive an insurance and benefits package. “We don't have much attrition,” Torres said. “Our pay scale is lower that of some aerospace-related jobs, but the training we provide may help workers get their foot in the door down the street. I always tell people that anytime they have the opportunity to better themselves, they should take it. And our door is always open if they want to return.”
Torres was born in Puerto Rico and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Catholic University in Ponce. He brought his family to the mainland in 1995 and enjoys gardening and playing golf.
“We love living in the states but Puerto Rico will always be in my heart and soul,” he said. “We still have lots of family on the island and when I hear people talking about how much they enjoy their beaches here, I just close my eyes and think about the beautiful beaches we left behind in Vieques and Culebra. There is definitely a special bond and affection that we Puerto Ricans develop for our homeland.”
Last year, G-Force moved into a new 33,750 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Pooler, just down the road from Gulfstream. The facility is located in a Foreign Trade Zone five miles from the Georgia Port Authority. While there is plenty of room for growth in the new building, Torres has his sights set on the future.
“I want us to outgrow this building so I'm always looking for new business partnerships,” he said. “The bottom line at Goodwill is not about stock-holder's profits– our bottom line is all about changing lives. We return 84¢ of every dollar invested in our services back to the community and I'm always looking for business partners who see the value, not in just the services we provide, but also in the long term benefits we bring to the community.”
For more information about G-Force, please visit www.g-forcetechnologies.com
A Latino who loves his work
Nestor Torres describes his dream job.