When Milacron LLC needed machine operators for its Mt. Orab, OH manufacturing facility, there were none to be found. That’s the dilemma of many in the metal fabricating, mold manufacturing and processing industries in today’s hiring market for the skilled trades. The needs are great but the talent is in short supply.
Teaming up with the University of Cincinnati Clermont College, Milacron helped develop a program designed to train workers in advanced manufacturing skills and provide them with hands-on experience, tools and payment for their time in a 16-week time course. The classes are conducted in a newly renovated, former Ford manufacturing facility near UC Clermont College’s UC East campus.
“We had been looking for machine operators for quite a while without much success, and with a number of retirements on the horizon, we needed some out-of-the-box thinking to have our workforce prepared for the future,” said Jim Kinzie, plant manager of Milacron’s Mt. Orab facility. “This program fits our needs perfectly. The model helped us to quickly close the skills gap we have been experiencing and has far exceeded our initial expectations.”...