If you want skilled employees, you've got to stop complaining and help create skilled employees. That's the message that Ray Coombs Jr., president of Westminster Tool Inc. (Plainfield, CT), wants to send to his fellow mold manufacturers. And he's backing it up with $30,000 contribution from his 25-employee company to fund and support the new Manufacturing Technology Center at Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC).
The new facility will be open for business this month, along with two additional Centers at Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport and Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury.
These additional technology centers grew out of the successful Manufacturing Technology Center at Asnuntuck Community College in Enfield, CT. The Centers, established as part of the bipartisan Jobs Bill signed by Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy in 2011, will receive $17.8 million in funding. The new Manufacturing Technology Center is a member of the Quinebaug Manufacturing Institute (QMI), a not-for-profit organization between QVCC and local industry members....