The training improves essential soft skills that improve productivity in the workplace Click image to enlargeThe Ontario government is pumping $1.3 million into skills training to help the Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) develop workers in London and Ottawa for new opportunities in the manufacturing sector.

This project is being delivered in partnership with manufacturing employers and was announced by Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development and JP Giroux, president of the EMC.

"Individuals, families and workers across Ontario have struggled during the pandemic, and our government is helping them pursue new careers in manufacturing," said McNaughton. "Training and retraining are essential for our economic recovery. By investing in people, we are helping business-owners find the skilled workers they need to grow and succeed. This is truly a win-win."

This training helps manufacturing workers improve their skills in fields like problem solving, critical thinking and teamwork. As part of its project, EMC has launched training partnerships with 29 employers to train 70 existing workers and create 30 new career opportunities for job seekers.

The training provides and improves essential soft skills that improve productivity in the workplace and increase the effectiveness of supervisors. New training cohorts are expected to start by late January 2021.

In addition to training job seekers in Ottawa and London, this initiative includes projects for existing workers in Blenheim, Ingersoll, Strathroy, Tillsonburg, St. Thomas, Wheatley, Thorndale and Salford.

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SMTCL invests in North American manufacturing

SMTCL is the latest machine tool builder to announce it's investing in manufacturing in North America.

Most recently, DMG MORI opened its manufacturing facility in Davis, CA. And Haas, which has always manufactured its machines in California at a 1 million sq ft facility, recently announced its intention to expand its facility to accommodate growing machine tool demand. Mazak Corp., which has been manufacturing in North America for 40 years, has expanded its manufacturing operations 15 times, most recently in 2012 with a 200,000 sq ft addition, increasing its total floor space to 800,000 sq ft.

SMTCL's COO Jerry McCarty says SMTCL, considered among the world's largest machine tool builders, will be manufacturing in the US by the end of 2015.

A manufacturing factory in North America will complement SMTCL's current manufacturing facilities in Europe (Germany) and Asia (China). "The United States was chosen because that is where our customers are and we know that we can find workers and vendors that have the dedication to quality that we need", McCarty stated in a press conference at IMTS earlier this week. "We will employ Americans and this facility will be managed by Americans. I can also tell you that although we will continue to use the world's best components in our machines, we will also use a number of local US vendors to provide contract machining, fabricating, and electronics."

The site of the new manufacturing facility has not been determined, but McCarty says SMTCL-Americas will begin manufacturing VMCs and expand with other products as the market dictates. 

SMTCL plans on purchasing or building a 100,000 square foot facility and employing between 100 to 120 employees. "We will need manufacturing engineers, machine assembly technicians, and service technicians, as well as purchasing, accounting, and general management professionals," said McCarty.

McCarty added that he hopes to be manufacturing in the US by the end of 2015. "These machines will be shipped to our customers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico and we look forward to helping our customers compete in the world economy."

SMTCL produces 80,000 machine tools each year and has revenues of $2.9 billion. The company has more than 300 products in its machine tool line-up.

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