Manufacturing Company Provides Employment Through Skills Training Program
R-V Industries, Inc.
584 Poplar Rd.
Honey Brook, PA, 19344
Press release date: July 23, 2012
R-V Industries partners with DVIRC and M.O.S.T.® to provide skills training for manufacturing positions
Honey Brook, PA - A new manufacturing skills training and job placement program, Mobile Outreach Skills Training (M.O.S.T.®), completed Friday July 20th, gave a new career opportunity to nine new individuals at R-V Industries, Inc. The unique training program provides unemployed and underemployed people the opportunity to learn the tools and techniques necessary to become a skilled production tradesman in just two weeks. The program was organized by the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC), which provides economic development for the manufacturing community in southeastern Pennsylvania.
M.O.S.T. is able to provide supplemental training in just two weeks by creating a company-specific training program. Representatives from M.O.S.T. worked with R-V executives and shop foremen to create a training program designed to provide necessary skills for employment at R-V. The program teaches trainees skills in shop math, blueprint reading, metrology, lean to green manufacturing and hands-on CNC operation and welding. With these skills, trainees have the opportunity to fill machine operation, assembly, quality inspection and welding positions within R-V. All of the training is done in an on-site mobile trailer complete with twenty computer workstations and a welding simulator.
Upon completion of the program, all trainees meeting a specific level of aptitude, as determined by M.O.S.T. trainers, are guaranteed a job offer from R-V. All nine of the trainees completed the course and attended their graduation on Friday May 20th. They were welcomed into the company by Kevin Putt (VP of Sales) and Clark McHenry (Director of Human Resources) who presented the nine graduates with their job offers.
Putt addressed the new employees with a family focused introduction to the company. "Welcome to the family," he started. "Monday (their first day of employment) is just the beginning of what we hope is a long career for you. At R-V the average individual's employment length is 13 years, and for a company that is only 38 years old, we take great pride in that fact."
Their employment starts with an 8-week on-the-job training plan directed R-V shop foreman. This period will give the new hires the opportunity to ask questions to industry experts within R-V. During this time the new employees are encourage to evaluate the positions available around them to find their best fit within the company. After this is completed, a 4-month cross-training program gives the new hires a variety of skills and tasks to allow each individual to determine what best suits their skills. At R-V, the opportunities include pre-fabrication, welding, machining and finishing.
Putt also instilled in the new employees the value they now hold within the company. "We make our money on the shop floor, and you are highly valued. If you ever feel you are losing that sense of value and focus here, we have an open door policy. Find someone to talk to," he encouraged.
The DVIRC was heavily involved in bringing the program to R-V. They worked with the Pennsylvania Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to provide government funding to run the program. The CareerLink office in Coatesville, PA provided pre-screening and recruitment services, supplying R-V with a list of applicants. R-V took the pre-screened applicants list and selected the nine finalists to enter the training program. "M.O.S.T. really provided a great opportunity for the public (WIB), private (R-V) and nonprofit (DVIRC) sectors to work together to bring jobs possibilities to Pennsylvanians who need them," said R-V President and CEO Kirk Putt.
R-V Industries, founded in 1974, is a uniquely diversified engineering and manufacturing company. With headquarters in Honey Brook, PA and an additional manufacturing facility in Morgantown, PA, the company employs over 250 people and generates $50 million in annual revenue. The company's mission is to provide superior products and services at a competitive price with integrity. R-V products are used in the biomedical research, chemical, food and beverage, fossil power, nuclear handling, oil and gas and paper mill industries.
The M.O.S.T.® program, started in 2006, has served nearly 1,000 workers in eight states. The program has a 97 percent training completion rate, 95 percent job placement rate and a 91 percent six-month job retention rate.
The DVIRC is an economic development organization committed to assisting small and medium-sized manufacturing enterprises compete and grow in the global economy. For nearly 25 years the DVIRC has provided best practice services to address the strategic and operational needs of advanced manufacturers in every industry sector.
For more information contact:
R-V Industries, Inc. - www.rvii.com
David Larson, Marketing Coordinator