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Illinois governor urges students
to consider careers
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner highlighted
exciting new advanced manufacturing career opportunities with a group
of over 150 students from five Chicago
high schools recently.
“Manufacturing jobs have a reputa-
tion for being dirty and dangerous, but
the industry continues to evolve and
innovate every day, which requires a
highly skilled workforce to fill these
good-paying jobs,” Rauner said. “In-
vesting in our young people and giving
them the resources they need to pursue
careers in advanced manufacturing is
one of our top priorities. We must con-
tinue our work to make Illinois a more
business-friendly environment to cre-
ate more high-quality and high-paying
jobs for these bright students who will
take over this critical industry.”
Wilbur Wright College Humboldt Park
Campus hosted the event in partnership
with the Illinois Manufacturing Excel-
lence Center (IMEC), the Chicago Metro
Metal Consortium, the Cook County
Bureau of Economic Development, and
the Greater Northwest Chicago Devel-
Students from Ombudsman High
School, Austin College & Career Academy, Schurz High School, Prosser Career Academy, and Roberto Clemente
Community Academy received a tour of
the college’s vocational center, where
they were informed of the school’s
nine-month Advanced Manufacturing
Program in CNC. They then had the opportunity to tour Winzeler Gear; Water-Saver Faucet Co.; SG360°, a subsidiary
of the Segerdahl Corp.; Laystrom Mfg.
Co.; or Freedman Seating Co. Each company provided a presentation of career
The Advanced Manufacturing Program is nationally recognized and endorsed by the Manufacturing Institute
and accredited by the National Institute
of Metalworking Skills (NIMS).
Linetec receives Manufacturing
Wausau, Wis.-based paint and anodize
finisher Linetec has received a Manufacturing Excellence Award in the category
of Large Manufacturers (300+ employees) from the Wausau Region Chamber
The award recognizes the company’s
contributions to growing the region’s
economy, operations, innovation, workplace culture, quality jobs, supply chain
management, and commitment to the
CNH Industrial plant in
Bronze Level designation
in WCM program
CNH Industrial N.V. has announced
that its Case IH plant in Benson, Minn.,
has been certified Bronze Level in the
World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program. The plant manufactures agricultural equipment, including cotton
pickers, floaters, sprayers, and FlexAir
The facility, which houses an R&D
center, employs more than 300 workers
and exports products worldwide.
The WCM program is a pillar-struc-tured system based on continuous
improvement, designed to eliminate
waste and loss from the production process by identifying objectives such as
zero injuries, zero defects, zero breakdowns, and zero waste. To certify improvements, a system of periodic third-party audits evaluates all WCM pillars,
forming an overall score for each plant
that is the basis for three achievement
levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold.
expands in Oklahoma
Advantage TerraFab LLC, a steel fabrication and finishing company, has
purchased a 55,000-sq.-;. building in
Muskogee, Okla., as part of a $3.5 million expansion.
The company expects to hire 30 more
workers over the next three years. It estimates the new building will be fully
operational by June 2018.
Sampson Community College
receives $1.7 million for welding
and fabrication program
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s
Economic Development Administration has awarded a $1.7 million grant to
Sampson Community College of Clinton,
N.C., to construct an occupational training facility to support welding and metal
fabrication skills. The project is expected
to create 50 jobs, retain 24 jobs, and spur
$8.8 million in private investment.
Advanced metalworking expertise
will support disaster recovery of local
and regional businesses and economic
diversification into advanced manufacturing, including metal products to the
nuclear power sector.
Rozell Industries announces
plans for expansion in New York
Metal fabricating company Rozell Industries plans to build a 12,000-sq.-;.
facility in Kingsbury, N. Y. The $500,000
project is slated for completion in late
The company anticipates hiring up to
five more employees.