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Grant Targets Technical Training to Assist MN Manufacturers

Monday, February 1, 2016
A Minneapolis-St. Paul-area manufacturing consortium seeking technically skilled employees to help spur company growth will benefit from a $446,090 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership grant awarded to Hennepin Technical College. The grant will train 84 new and current manufacturing employees, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced.
This three-year project will train employees of Dayton Rodgers, Minneapolis; Morrissey, Inc., Bloomington; Minnesota Grinding, Inc., Minneapolis; Boker's, Inc., Minneapolis; EJ Ajax & Sons, Fridley; Marshall Manufacturing Company, Minneapolis; Pellco Machine, Inc., St. Michael; Top Tool, Minneapolis; PERBIX, Brooklyn Park; and Harvey Vogel Manufacturing Co., Woodbury.
HIRED, a nonprofit organization, will recruit, assess and enroll 42 entry-level, low-income trainees for the training project and match each one with a case manager for coaching and support services. Both entry-level trainees and current employees of the manufacturers will attend classroom instruction for Precision Metal Stamping (148 hr.) or CNC Machine Operator (352 hr.).
After successfully completing classroom training, the entry-level trainees will competitively interview for structured 480-hr. paid on-the-job training with the manufacturers. All participants will earn college credits and have the opportunity to earn National Institute for Metalworking Skills credentials.

Bystronic Earns Supplier Recognition from John Deere

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Bystronic Inc., Elgin, IL, has earned recognition as a Partner-level supplier for 2015 in the John Deere Achieving Excellence program. Partner-level status is Deere & Co.’s highest supplier rating. Bystronic was selected in recognition of its dedication to providing products and service of outstanding quality as well as its commitment to continuous improvement, according to Deere & Co. officials. Company employees accepted the recognition during formal ceremonies held this past December in Moline, IL.
Bystronic supplies sheetmetal cutting, bending and automation technology to various John Deere operations. For more on Bystronic, visit

WV Machine-Tool Tech. Program Earns NIMS Accreditation

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
The Machine Tool Technology Program at Untied Technical Center, Clarksburg, WV, has been nationally accredited by the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS). NIMS accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States.
Technical-center staff and faculty met the stringent quality requirements set forth by NIMS, including a program self-audit, the certifying of faculty and students in NIMS national industry credentials, and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation. This visit included a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of student safety habits, and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators and local employers.
The accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on manual machining skills. 


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