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.

 

Sirois Tool employees have always been generous when it comes to supporting others in their community but 2017 was exceptional. It was the year that Sirois Tool expanded its reach to several organizations in need. The list of organizations includes…

  • Berlin Band Program
  • Berlin High School – All Night Grad Party
  • Berlin Police Department
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Bristol Lions Club
  • Disabled Veterans
  • Favarh (The Arc of Farmington Valley)
  • Peter J. Lavery scholarship fund
  • Relay for Life 2017
  • Rocky Hill Lacrosse Team
  • Smile Train
  • Southington High School – All Night Grad Party
  • St. Jude
  • St. Vincent DePaul
  • Stratton Mountain School
  • Wounded Warrior Project

Employee donations combined with company matches totaled nearly $4,500.00

In addition, employees at Sirois Tool worked on several giving programs throughout the holidays. At Thanksgiving they had a food collection for St. Vincent DePaul of Middletown. At Christmas they participated in the Angel Tree Program. In cooperation with Southington, CT Community Services, the Adopt-A-Family program allowed the employees to adopt 50 families for the holiday. Each family received more than the requested presents.

It’s interesting to note that the program represented a 90% participation rate by employees at Sirois Tool. “At Sirois Tool we value our customers, employees and community. It is our
employees that represent this vision the best,” said Alan Ortner, President of Sirois Tool.

ACM 2017 boothOn November 8, 2017 Sirois Tool participated in the annual Aerospace Components Manufacturers (ACM) Trade Show at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. The annual workforce trade show is designed to show young people the benefits of working for a manufacturing company. College representatives also attend to discuss career alternatives that are available outside of a four-year program.

The morning of the event, middle school, high school, college students and their teachers, guidance counselors and parents learned about the careers available in the manufacturing industry. Students had the opportunity to speak with over 100 manufacturing firms and 6 local colleges to explore education, training and careers that exist in the industry and discuss the expectations employers have when hiring new employees.

There is still a serious lack of knowledge out there about manufacturing. The purpose of participating in events like this is to educate kids on the great opportunities manufacturers offer. As manufacturers, it is up to us to rectify the negative connotation that manufacturing is dirty, lacks growth opportunities and does not pay well.
All of these pre-conceptions are inaccurate.

The second half of the day was open for vendors and customers to discuss new business opportunities, check in with existing customers and vendors or just promote their company. The show also hosted guests from other countries who came to see what Aerospace Alley has to offer.

Special thanks to Kyle Sioch and Raymond Strong for their help this year. Kyle is one of our Apprentice Toolmakers. He’s been with Sirois Tool since November 2015 and is a graduate of Vinal Tech in Middletown, CT. Raymond, with Sirois since November 2016, is also an Apprentice Toolmaker and also graduated from Vinal Tech.
The ACM show helps to strengthen the supply chain within the aerospace corridor by promoting collaboration among aerospace manufacturers. Sirois Tool supports the aerospace industry’s second and third tier providers with tooling at a time when tooling skills are a valuable commodity.

NTMA ceremonyAt Sirois Tool we feel it’s important to support industry associations. We believe that at a minimum you should join your industry associations to share and learn from fellow members. But it’s also important to support the organizational structure. At the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Fall Conference in San Antonio last month Alan Ortner was nominated, elected and sworn in as an NTMA Executive Committee member for a 3-year term starting 1/1/18.

NTMA is a trade organization representing the precision custom manufacturing industry throughout the United States since 1943. Their vision is to become the premier center of knowledge, to lead the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry in continuing world leadership. And their mission is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, networking, information, programs, and services.

Another way to support industry associations is through participation at conferences and trade shows. This is a great way to stay current and learn about more than Tooling and Machining. At the 2017 Fall Conference, we attended a session on Digital Marketing (and Social Media.) This was very helpful in helping us understand what we’re doing right and where we need improvement.

Sharing best practices benefits not only the members of the organization but their customers as well. Understanding the most recent developments in the custom manufacturing industry helps us to use the best processes to continuously improve quality and delivery times while ensuring that price savings from this knowledge can be passed on to our customers.

Sirois Tool will once again participate in the The World’s Aerospace Alley Tradeshow presented by the ACM (Aerospace Components Manufacturers). Last year the show hosted nearly 100 local manufacturers who gave high school students exposure to a career in manufacturing Approximately 1,000 students from forty-one area schools received a first-hand learning experience

The ACM annual workforce trade show is designed to give young prospective hires the opportunity to see the benefits of working for a manufacturing company. College representatives also attend to discuss career alternatives that are available outside of a four-year program.

The event is being held on November 8, 2017, at the Connecticut Convention Center. The show offers valuable networking for ACM members and other businesses in the industry, with over 200 business guests from six countries coming to see what Aerospace Alley has to offer.

The ACM show helps to strengthen the supply chain within the aerospace corridor by promoting collaboration among aerospace manufacturers. Sirois Tool supports the aerospace industry’s second and third tier providers with tooling at a time when tooling skills are a valuable commodity.

Stop by and see us on November 8th.