Workforce Development

Training Within Industry Builds a Qualified Workforce

February 03, 2020

by Dean Simmons

Training Within Industry, commonly referred to as TWI, originated in the United States in the 1940s during World War II. According to the TWI Institute, a national network of industry professionals was drafted to develop techniques to quickly train unskilled workers entering the war production workforce as many skilled laborers went off to war. TWI was introduced in Japan...(continue reading)

Automation and Cross-Training Can Ease Labor Shortage Pain

February 15, 2019

by Dean Simmons

And make your company more productive and agile It’s no secret that many industries are facing a talent shortage. In the manufacturing sector alone, more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs currently remain vacant in the United States. In Connecticut, vacancies number more than 13,000.1 According to a recent study by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, U.S. manufacturers are forecasting the...(continue reading)

Business Growth Ideas for CT Manufacturers – Part 6: Flexible, Cross-Trained Workforce

February 12, 2018

by Mark Paggioli

In this blog post, we look at ways that you can reduce the impact of the skilled worker shortage and expand the capabilities of your employees. Despite the challenges associated with a tight labor market, there are things to consider that can help you minimize the impact of this people shortage. After all, you still need to meet customer...(continue reading)

Business Growth Ideas for CT Manufacturers – Part 4: People

January 28, 2018

by Mark Paggioli

In this blog post, we look at the growing rate of Baby Boomer’s retiring from the workforce and its impact on your business, properly staffing functional areas to free up more time for owners, presidents and CEO’s to focus on the business, and planning your company org chart to meet your needs over the next few years. We are...(continue reading)

Workforce Strategies to Help You Elevate Your Business

February 24, 2017

by Linda Colon

In our competitive business climate, Connecticut’s manufacturers are looking for ways to bolster future business by ensuring continuity of their company operations and retaining and developing talent. Recognizing this need, we recently hosted a dual-session, workforce strategies workshop. It was led by industry expert Kelly McDaniel, president of the DeLisa Group, and attended by more than 30 manufacturing business...(continue reading)

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Chris DePentima

CEO, Pegasus Manufacturing Inc.

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Mark Burzynski

President, Arthur G Russell Co

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Ron Delfini

President, Engineering Specialties Inc.

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Tom Lucas

Manager, Fuel Cell Energy

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Greg Safarik

VP Manufacturing Operations, Hologic

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VP of Operations, Metal Finishing Technologies Inc.

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Dan Rubbo

General Manager, Tornik LLC

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Bill Lathrop

President, Colonial Spring Co.

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