Charting the Course for Workforce Development
Our home is here in New Bedford where we employ 338 people on three shifts, seven days a week and have a payroll of over $14 million. We have been in business since 1910.Precix is a true conversion-based manufacturer in that we take raw materials and through a 10+ stop process convert them to finished products – our products are seals and o-rings that find their way into every automobile produced, commercial and military aircraft and solar/oil and gas applications on a global scale. Last year we produced over 1 billion, yes, billion pieces all on Belleville Avenue.Precix has benefitted in its affiliation with the workforce development system for the past several years participating in 2 manufacturing sector training initiatives, using the career center to post job openings and prescreen potential employees, and contracting with the workforce investment board for On-the-Job Training (OJT) slots where we are subsidized to train long-term unemployed workers, and the worker has a guaranteed job upon successful completion of training.Collectively, over the past 8 years, our company, among 6 others, with the help of the WIB, secured $770,000 to train 1,500 workers. The training was designed to improve our productivity and competitiveness in the global marketplace. A unique aspect to the training conducted was the integration of 60 unemployed job seekers to build a pool of trained workers for projected growth.We are currently involved in a similar WIB driven Workforce Training Fund application being submitted on behalf of the Southeastern Massachusetts Advanced Manufacturing Consortium. The consortium includes 13 manufacturing companies, the GNB Industrial Foundation, UMass, Dartmouth’s Advanced Technology & Manufacturing Center, Bristol Community College, NB Economic Development Council, and the career centers.We are working with 6 other companies based in New Bedford and Fall River representing 3,500 employees. In this case, the WIB brought Bristol Community College to each of our businesses to assess our needs and assimilate training that will be of mutual benefit.But for the efforts of the WIB organizing and brokering appropriate training providers such as BCC among others, there would not be a consortium. These efforts by the WIB have allowed us to leverage our investments and bring training resources that would cost us a great deal of time and effort to identify and access.
Business-led, policy-setting board that oversees workforce development initiatives in the ten-community region stretching from Dartmouth to Wareham.
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