Pearson Packaging Systems, based in Spokane, Washington, was dealing with trades labor shortages in their community. Through community partners, including Spokane Area Workforce Council and Greater Spokane Incorporated, Pearson Packaging Systems created a three-week manufacturing academy to highlight careers in manufacturing.
R.A Jones was experiencing a labor shortage as a result of record growth. To make matters worse, multiple companies in their local Cincinnati area also increased their presence creating a very competitive labor market for R.A Jones. The technical schools R.A Jones previously relied on to recruit and develop skilled labor became inundated with many companies seeking new talent.
LinMot found it was challenging to take care of day-to-day critical tasks and one-time projects, such as tradeshow demos, sales rep demos or periodic YouTube training videos. These tasks required dedicated workers but were not enough to justify a position – nor were they needed on a daily or weekly basis.
ITW Hartness wanted to partner with a local high school robotics team to show students the industry first-hand – with the hope it would lead them to consider a career in packaging manufacturing.
After hearing complaints from external customers about their employees’ professional communication skills, Marchant Schmidt, Inc. needed to find appropriate non-technical training. Marchant Schmidt, Inc. identified PMMI’s Fundamentals of Field Service course as the best option for employee training.
The tightening job market, combined with the Delta ModTech’s continuous growth, posed a challenge in finding skilled workers. The PMMI U Skills Fund allowed Delta ModTech to sponsor several robotics teams at the FIRST® Robotics Competition in Minnesota this past March.
ADCO Manufacturing lacked a well-defined process for how salespeople could conduct strategic analyses of complex opportunities. The company often found multiple decision makers requiring different approaches to address their needs and concerns.
Supported by the PMMI U Skills Fund, SICK, Inc. developed the TiM $10K Challenge, where students develop an industry-changing product using LiDAR technology and can win $10,000 and a trip to Germany. The challenge was created for the 2018-2019 school year to support innovation and student achievement in automation and technology.
Morrison Container Handling Solutions (MCHS) saw the advantage of having workers with mechatronics skills to grow their business and meet their customers growing demands. The increasing sophistication of their custom machinery required trained controls engineers with an understanding of mechanical equipment. These workers were difficult to find.