As manufacturers we know that investing in our future workforce is critical to our success. It’s not enough to find the next employee. We must be committed to promoting careers in manufacturing with every chance we get.

Recently, we were approached by Vinal Tech to create a video in conjunction with CPTV’s Making the Future. It would star one of our apprentices. We saw this as a great opportunity to promote manufacturing. It also highlighted our business and gave our intern great pride in what he’s doing.

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Ian

As you see, Ian talks about the benefits of a career in manufacturing. He talked about the training he’s getting at Vinal Tech and how it translates to his internship. Most importantly, he shares his plans to continue his education and work towards a specific career goal. A path for success is critical to the next generation of workers.

This is also a great recruitment tool as it helps to promote Sirois Tool. Ian talks about how much he enjoys working with Hugh and the benefits Sirois Tool offers. Our focus is a work environment that is a pleasure to come to and a benefits package that shows our employees how much they are valued. Ian does a nice job of demonstrating our mission.

I know that as manufacturers we are typically hesitant to share information, concerned that it will be used to take business or in more recent years, employees from us. This is something we need to change if we’re to address the workforce shortage. The challenge will not change until we change our approach to it.

NTMA - National Tooling and Machining Association

Alan Ortner became an Executive Committee member of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) for a 3-year term starting 1/1/18. The Executive Committee has now elected him to serve as Vice Chairman for 2019. Alan has accepted the position as a means to continue supporting the industry organization.

“I look forward to working with the new Chairman, Mark Lashinske of Modern Industries in Phoenix, AZ, and the rest of the Executive Committee Members, along with Dr. Dean Bartles, President and all of the NTMA Staff” states Alan

In addition to continuing his current role as the E/C Liaison to the NTMA Budget and Finance Team, Alan has been asked to be the EC Liaison to the NTMA Chapter Executives Team. He hopes to use this opportunity to strengthen the relationship between NTMA National and the Chartered Chapters of NTMA.

About NTMA

NTMA is the national representative of the precision custom manufacturing industry, backed by nearly 1,300 members, representing more than $30 billion in sales. In addition to serving as a powerful voice to the industry they also serve as a valuable national resource for their members, helping them grow profitably.

 

Employee Food Drive at Sirois ToolsIn the spirit of the Holidays, the Sirois Tool employees had a Food Drive  that generated several boxes of food for the Amazing Grace Food Pantry  in Middletown, CT. The food was delivered to Amazing Grace on Monday 12/10 so that it could be distributed to families before the Holidays.

The Amazing Grace Food Pantry, a program of St. Vincent De Paul,  provides free groceries to low and no-income families in Middletown, CT.  The Pantry serves approximately 3000 individuals or 1075 families each month.

Sirois Tool also held a Raffle at their annual Christmas Party and collected donations from employees. They raised $1428 to donate to the many programs provided by St. Vincent De Paul. In addition to the Food Pantry they also offer meals at their Soup Kitchen and provide Community Assistance and Supportive Housing.

Sirois Tool would like to thank their valued vendors: J & G Machining; RSW Machine & Tool; Top Priority Tool and Scarfo Precision for their donations of some of the Raffle prizes. Thank you also to Nancy LaPier who organized the Food Drive and the Raffle.

Vinal Tech students take plant tour at Sirois Tool

Vinal Tech students take plant tour at Sirois Tool

On November 14, 2018 it was a great pleasure to host a Phase 2 Freshman Exploratory Facility Tour for a small group of students. They were accompanied by Mr. Hood, the Precision Machining Department Head from Vinal Technical High School located in Middletown CT. The tour was provided to educate the students about manufacturing so they will be able to make a more informed decision when they go through career selection.

A group of Sirois Tool employees had the chance to speak with the students before they got to see behind the scenes of a job shop. The group included: Alan Ortner, President; Andre Nadeau, Operations Manager; Scott Horton, Production Manager; Cheryl DiPinto, Human Resource Manager; Dane Hoeffer, Quality Manager, 2 of our Vinal Tech graduates, Raymond and Timothy and one of our current Vinal Tech seniors, Ian.

We had a chance to talk to the students about different opportunities, the benefits of manufacturing careers, skills needed and how some of us ended up in our positions. Our Vinal Tech students each talked about what’s expected in Mr. Hood’s class, some of the great things that they had the ability to do and what they made while in class. We talked to them about the Work-based Learning Program and being able to work for a company during shop cycle time. The students then got a chance to tell us a little about themselves, what they wanted to do and why.

At the time of the tour the students were guided through each department and we explained what each area of the facility did and why. They also had the opportunity to touch and examine some of the parts that we make, which provided them with a door to ask questions about the machines and materials used to make the parts.

There were several students that seemed to like what they saw and at the end of the day, hopefully we encouraged the students to consider manufacturing for their future career path. It is critical to educate today’s young adults and parents about the benefits of working in the field of manufacturing to grow the future workforce.

Sirois Tool BuildingAt the Manufacturing Workforce Development & Education event last week, one “expert” said that employees will inevitably leave smaller manufacturing companies in order to work for larger companies…that it’s just a reality they’ll have to live with. We respectfully disagree.

The focus of the event was on finding the right workers. There was a panel discussion with several manufacturers and educators discussing the challenge. While the educators focused on training programs, the manufacturers talked about retention. They realize that in this competitive environment, it takes more than a paycheck to keep their employees satisfied.

At Sirois Tool, we’re well aware of the challenge of retaining employees. This is why we provide exceptional benefits in addition to competitive pay. This was highlighted is a recent article in the New Britain Herald. The article called, Great benefits help Berlin’s Sirois Tool retain employees, talks about the insurance programs offered to all of our employees and their families including medical, dental, life and disability.

But retention is about more than money and benefits. It’s about creating an environment where people look forward to coming to work each day. That is what we strive to provide our employees. We understand that this philosophy creates happier employees who stay with the company.

This also translates to customer satisfaction. Our employees are dedicated to quality and delivery, two of the most critical aspects of our business. Because they know that we care about their well-being and have provided the benefits needed, they always go the extra mile to ensure the customer is taken care of as well.