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MoldMaking Technology has covered a variety of workforce development programs in recent months. Across North America, these programs often reveal a common thread of collaboration and mentorship. We interviewed three shops to find yet more commonality: Shops are expanding their outreach to younger candidates and are teaching life skills in addition to moldmaking skills.

Apprenticeships work a little differently in Grand Island Nebraska, the location of Dramco Tool Co. Larry Patten is an owner of Dramco, which specializes in building dies and injection and compression molds with capacities ranging to 1,000 tons. The company has a 37,000-square-foot facility and employs 45 workers, three of whom were recently hired out of a local community college. “We have never had a formal apprenticeship program at Dramco,” Patten says. “A number of years ago, we started to focus on hiring students from a two-year technical college program to work part-time in the shop. We offered them the possibility of full-time employment after they had taken the required courses and graduated.”

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Take a look at this special video project as we go inside Westminster Tool and meet the owners and employees using their emotional intelligence, personality profile and learning style tools to make it all happen.

We want to send a big THANK YOU to the entire team at Westminster Tool for inviting us into their “house,” and allowing us to disrupt operations for a couple of days to share their story.

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Workforce development in manufacturing is no longer a buzzword; it’s a necessity. This became evident for Westminster Tool five years ago when we failed to fill a toolmaker opening. While our outreach efforts resulted in more than 100 applicants, only four people were qualified candidates, none of whom could satisfy the position due to their availability and location limitations. This lackluster response was the wake-up call that opened our eyes to the value of developing our talent internally.

This realization resulted in a paradigm shift for the company. We switched our hiring approach from filling positions to finding the right people to grow with our team. We needed to hire for character and provide efficient and effective training for skills. Our efforts focused on collaborating with outside support to develop educational programs at local community colleges, developing an internal training program (Westminster Academy) and establishing a business philosophy committed to growing people.

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What if your shop had a waiting list of people wanting to work for the company?

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Closing November at 55.4, the Gardner Business Index (GBI): Moldmaking moved higher on a surprise expansion in new orders at a level not experienced since the first quarter of the year. Compared to the same month one year ago, the index is up 4.9 percent. Gardner Intelligence’s review of the underlying data for the month reveals that a very strong expansion in new orders complimented by expansion in supplier deliveries lifted the index higher. The averages-based index was pulled slightly lower by slowing production growth as well as exports, employment and backlogs. No index components contracted during the month.

Strength in new orders came from a significant turnaround in exports which expanded at one of the fastest rates since at least 2012. Exports which contribute to the new orders reading, in part suggest that foreign orders played a significant role in the latest new orders reading. In addition, the relatively stronger expansion in new orders relative to production during the month in part explain the strongest expansion in backlog levels in six-months.

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