Manufacturing Leadership Award Bestowed to Miller Fabrication Solutions
Company’s internal Weld Program honored for demonstrating manufacturing excellence in Talent Management Leadership
BROOKVILLE, Pa. – April 1, 2019 – Miller Fabrication Solutions, a strategic metal fabrication partner for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) across construction, mining, material handling and conveying and other heavy equipment industries, today announced that it has been recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership Awards winner for its outstanding achievement in Talent Management Leadership for its internal Weld Program. The award is presented by the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Council.
The Miller Weld Program, which launched last October, provides non-welder employees with training in Metal Inert Gas (MIG) welding and typically lasts four weeks. This Program gives Miller employees the opportunity to train to become a welder while still working in his/her existing role as a full-time employee. Successful graduates are then able to advance to a welding position within the company.
“Our internal Weld Program was designed with our organizational purpose in mind,” says Casey Belfiore, Miller’s Manufacturing Director, who oversaw the inception of the Program. “Which is, to improve the lives of our employees and community. This program contributes to that purpose by building upon the skillsets of our existing employees as well as satisfying our increased need for quality welders.”
Belfiore explained that Miller’s demand for welders stretches beyond its focus on manufacturing automation. “We simply cannot get equipment in fast enough to meet our needs.”
Program classes run four to five hours each day and start students with planning and layout work before progressing to setting up and operating welding and cutting equipment.
“The Weld Program is a hands-on, practical application with an emphasis on safety,” says Belfiore. “Students learn how to read blueprints and better understand metal properties, metal identification, electrical principles, and welding symbols.”
The Program is managed by five Miller foremen and accepts three students at a time. Since the start of the Program, 89 percent of employees who completed the Weld Program have moved into various weld roles at Miller. Currently, the program has 12 potential students on its wait list.
“Based on our advancement rate, we believe the Weld Program at Miller Fabrication Solutions has performed very well,” says Belfiore. “We’re now looking to apply this Program model to other departments throughout the company.”
Miller will be recognized at the 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala, which is to be held on the last day of the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, June 10-12, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, CA.
Last June, The Fabricator® magazine named Miller one of the top 10 OEM fabricators in the United States as part of its 2018 Fab 40 list. This list identified the 40 most successful metal fabricating operations based on 2017 reported revenue.
About Miller Fabrication Solutions
Established in 1963, Miller Fabrication Solutions is the strategic fabrication partner for innovative OEMs. Miller delivers high-quality metal parts and assemblies through its extensive value-added and manufacturing solutions. With a core focus on utilizing modern technology and robotic automation coupled with lean processes, the Miller Customer Experience works to ensure that your complex project measures are exceeded now and well into the future. Learn how you can transform your metal manufacturing processes by scheduling a consultation today.
About the Manufacturing Leadership Awards
The Manufacturing Leadership Awards, now in their 15th year, honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders that are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes. There will be several winners in each category, including one High Achiever’s Award in each category, as well as a 2019 Manufacturer of the Year for both small and large enterprises. Also unveiled at the Gala will be the ML Awards Manufacturing Leader of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award winners.
The theme for the 15th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit is “Strategies to Deliver Business Value Through Manufacturing 4.0.” The event enables senior-level executives in all aspects of manufacturing an opportunity to network with and learn from the best minds in the industry.
For more information on the Manufacturing Leadership Awards or the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, please go to www.mlsummit.com.
About the National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the nation. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States.
The NAM’s world-class staff of policy experts provide unmatched access and information on the key issues affecting your business and bottom line. We are on the front lines of a wide range of policy battles, from immigration reform and labor relations, to energy and the environment, to trade policy and taxes. At every turn, we are working on behalf of manufacturers in America to advance policies that help manufacturers do what they do best: create economic strength and jobs. www.nam.org
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