Colonial Saw, Inc., a leading distributor of advanced woodworking tools, recently donated equipment to the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) in Colorado Springs. Formed as a National Manufacturing Training Center, MiLL is the result of unique industry-education partnerships.
Colonial Saw is one of the industry partners supporting the new training center by donating a Striebig Compact Vertical Panel Saw and two Lamello Zeta P2s, a precision tool that cuts the full range of slots for the P System connector series.
“Colonial Saw has long been an advocate for education, developing the American woodworking workforce, and investing in the future of our industry,” said Dave Rakauskas, Vice President of Colonial Saw. “MiLL has tremendous potential and we chose to give them the Striebig because it is a quality tool that is very popular with vocational high school programs.”
Lamello USA, a division of Colonial Saw, offers a Tools for Schools program with discounted rates on equipment for high school and college programs. “Because of the high integrity of MiLL’s program we decided to take the extra step and donate the Zetas, which dovetails well with MiLL’s cabinet making focus,” said Chris Hofmann, the eastern U.S. Lamello product manager.
An ambitious program, MiLL will train high school, vocational, and college students as well as military vets and industry professionals to develop work-ready employees. The industry has rallied around the initiative, donating more than $3 million worth of equipment and technology and making MiLL one of the most advanced woodworking labs in the country. Led by Dean Mattson, a former professional cabinetmaker who started a similar program in Oregon, their first enrolled class of 135 students started this August.
About Colonial Saw
Colonial Saw, Inc. is North America’s importer of Swiss made STRIEBIG Vertical Panel Saws, LAMELLO specialty tools, biscuits and biscuit joiners, and the worlds’ finest grinding machinery. For over half a century, the company has delivered uncompromising performance and value, along with one of the most comprehensive and responsive after-sale customer support programs in the industry. More information can be found at www.csaw.com.
Mircrovellum www.microvellum.com is partnering with Reed Custer High School’s Industrial Technology Program to deliver state-of-the-art software training. Microvellum was founded in 1991. Microvellum Inc. is a world leader in AutoCAD and Blender-based design to manufacturing software for the woodworking industry. We are headquartered in Central Point, Oregon and have sales, service and support representatives within Australia, Canada, China, India, United Kingdom, United States and South Africa.
Industry partners make it possible to offer great educational opportunities for our students. You can visit http://rchsit.weebly.com/program-supporters.html to see all of our industry supporters.
Thermwood Corporation www.thermwood.com donated a banner for our shop. Thermwood is the oldest and most technically advanced manufacturer of high technology machine tools called CNC Routers. Thermwood also develops, manufactures, distributes and supports allied software, technology, equipment and service intended primarily for the manufacturing sector.
Industry supporters make it possible to offer great educational opportunities to our students. You can visit http://rchsit.weebly.com/program-supporters.html to see all of our industry supporters.
On Thursday, May 11th, 2017, Stiles Machinery Inc. was pleased to host a retirement celebration in honor of seven former employees.
In an effort to demonstrate their gratitude to these individuals, who’ve each played a significant role in shaping who the company is today, Stiles unveiled a new foundation which aims to invest in the lives of future industry leaders for years to come.
This year, in honor of their recent retirees and over 190 years of combined service to the company, Stiles contributed $10,000 to the Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs’ National Training Center located in Colorado Springs, CO. The Manufacturing Industry Learning Labs (MILL) offers training courses in lean manufacturing, using the latest woods technology and industry-driven curriculum. It is the first national training center of its kind designed to educate future leaders and talents in the wood manufacturing industry.
The donation, which was accepted by the MILL’s Founder and President, Dean Mattson, will go towards supporting the continual efforts of the MILL to impact the lives of over 400 manufacturing students who attend their educational courses daily.
“We wanted to honor our retirees with the opportunity to become part of a greater legacy, one that gives back to the industry and will live on in their name for years to come,” stated Christian Vollmers, President of Stiles Machinery. “We’ve decided to honor their efforts and years of service [by further investing in the MILL] to grow and develop new talent for our industry,”.
In his heartfelt response to the donation, Mattson explained that his decision to pursue education was directly influenced by his desire to help people and that he considers Stiles to be one of his largest role models. “Many corporations only care about money, but Stiles cares about people,” said Mattson.
The event, which was hosted at The Knickerbocker in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan was the company’s First Inaugural Recognition Celebration. Stiles plans to continue celebrating their retirees by giving back to the industry and investing in the lives of future leaders.
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
For more than 50 years, Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed. As the largest supplier of quality machinery,
Stiles provides a Total Production Solutions approach by also offering equipment integration, financial services,
education, service and parts. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles has regional offices in High Point, North
Carolina; Bristol, PA; Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a proud member of the HOMAG
Group, a global leader in the production of industrial machines for manufacturing.
Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com.
The Association of Woodworking & Furnishings Suppliers® (AWFS®) announces the opening of its leading educational program, the College of Woodworking Knowledge® (CWWK®), which will take place at the upcoming AWFS®Fair, over four days, July 19- 22, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Designed to meet the current needs of the show audience demographics, the 54 sessions will span topics to enhance business management acumen, improve skill sets, and increase knowledge of the latest technologies as well as provide the latest in safety, workforce development, and legislative updates.
CWWK Educational Track Highlights
Seven SMART sessions will be offered in 2017, including two addressing plastics fabrication and three on Industry 4.0 concepts. These sessions take place on the show floor in exhibitor booths and before the show opens, from 7:30 – 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Seating is limited, and registration is capped at 25 per session.
NEW: Sessions in Spanish
Three sessions will be offered entirely in Spanish, by industry professionals who are fluent native Spanish speakers. Topics include shop management, finishing, and lean management. Go to awfsfair.org/espanol for more information.
Keynote features Celebrity John Ratzenberger
Don’t miss the 2017 AWFS®Fair Keynote presentation with film and television legend Mr. John Ratzenberger, at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. This special event is FREE to all registered AWFS®Fair attendees and exhibitors. Learn how Mr. Ratzenberger is supporting skilled trades and manufacturing in America.
Woodworking Network Symposia
New in 2017, Woodworking Network presents three full-day symposia on Tuesday, July 18 which will complement the CWWK™ programming with current topics and an impressive lineup of speakers. Celebrity closet designer Lisa Adams headlines the Closets and Home Storage Symposium; take the opportunity to query experts from AWFI, Centre from Advanced Wood Processing, and multiple manufacturers in the Wood Finishing Symposium; hear about Virginia Tech’s FutureHAUS and current trends and technology from leading woodworking companies in the Leadership Forum.
AWFS®Fair Stage Offers More Events
Events on the show floor stage, booth #5527, include live interviews with John Ratzenberger, acclaimed furniture artist Sarah Marriage, and woodworkers Kyle Toth and Marc Spagnuolo (“The Wood Whisperer”). Attend the “Education Town Hall” on Saturday morning to learn about the post-secondary woodworking programs that are training our future workforce.
The full program is accessible at AWFSFair.org/education, including complete session descriptions and speaker bios.
Keep unqualified applicants under tightened screening process?
Question: We post jobs and include the minimum requirements for applying for vacant positions. Based on the job description and when applicable, we also ask for proof of training or coursework. This information is derived from the job description. In the past, the screeners were more liberal and screened in unqualified applicants who either did not meet the minimum requirements and/or did not attach the appropriate documentation. Moving forward, the employer has aligned and posted the jobs accordingly. Is the employer obligated to screen in previous applicants who were screened in from the past?
Response: From an employment law standpoint and barring industry-specific qualification obligations, or implication under affirmative action and/or government contract compliance issues, we are not aware of any federal or state law that governs this particular issue. Most employers enjoy the discretion to determine qualifications and eligibility criteria for positions in their organizations. Employers are also typically free to establish lawful recruitment and hiring techniques and protocols designed to ensure that they are able to hire individuals who meet them (and ideally, are the most qualified for the position).
You indicate that the employer posts minimum requirements for applying for vacant positions and while proof of training or coursework or other qualification is ordinarily required, it appears that prior "screeners were more liberal and screened in unqualified applicants who either did not meet the minimum requirements and/or did not attach the appropriate documentation." The employer now seeks to correct this moving forward, such that individuals seeking employment in the future are subject to the more stringent requirement to show proof of their qualifications. The employer is certainly within its rights to make this adjustment.
Whether the employer must revisit prior applicants who were subject to the more lenient screening procedures is, again absent industry-specific or other regulatory requirements, generally up to the employer to do determine. If it does so, it may be that some individuals who were subject to the more lax screeners and became employees may lose their jobs on account of their lack of qualification -- is the employer prepared for this consequence? If these individuals are have not become employees yet, we are not aware of any obligation on the part of the employer to retain them in the hiring process if they do not meet minimum qualifications. On the other hand, if individuals who passed through the hiring process on account of the "more liberal" screeners are "grandfathered" in and allowed to continue with the recruitment process or remain employed (if they were already hired), there may be resentment among those who are or were held to the higher standards, and other issues associated with the fact that one or more people who did not meet minimum job qualifications became (and remained) employed.
This response assumes that the employment relationships in question are at will (i.e., not governed by an employment contract) and that there are no industry-specific regulatory requirements governing employee qualification (i.e., if the employer is a school district, for example, there may be specific hiring requirements for teachers that the employer cannot overlook). Based on these assumptions, the employer has discretion to decide whether to "grandfather" in the existing applicants (or employees) or to disqualify them from further consideration or employment.
The employer may also wish to consider whether the "more liberal" screeners would benefit from further training to ensure that they are consistent in their approaches and do not again "screen in unqualified applicants who either did not meet the minimum requirements and/or did not attach the appropriate documentation." If in doing so these screeners did not meet their own job obligations and/or violated employer policy, disciplinary action may also be appropriate, depending upon the applicable facts and circumstances.
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This weekend Stiles Machinery, Inc. will welcome almost 200 manufacturing decision makers to the industry’s most forward thinking event of the year - the Executive Briefing Conference. Taking place Sunday, April 23rd through Tuesday, April 25th in Detroit, Michigan, the EBC delivers company leaders an innovative advantage for succeeding in today’s manufacturing landscape by inspiring them through knowledge, strategies and best practices from the industry’s top thought leaders and innovators. This year promises to be exceptional by tackling issues in workforce development, surviving in a digital world, economic forecasting for our industry and reinventing strategies to help leaders keep up with the fast-paced changes in business.
Taking place in Detroit, America’s great comeback city and the original manufacturing epicenter, attendees will be immersed in trends, technologies and opportunities to remain competitive and profitable. Expect thought provoking discussions from keynote speakers including New York Times best-selling author Josh Linkner, speaking on inspiring, disruptive innovation and Alan Beaulieu sharing his popular economic forecast and advice on managing current economic cycles and Jennifer McNelly addressing the skills gap and offering tools on how to overcome it. Plant tours through Ford’s River Rouge Complex, FANUC America and JB Cutting will give attendees a behind-the-scenes showcase of some of the most progressive manufacturing facilities. Case studies and seminars with industry peers and experts will discuss how to capitalize on data management, trends in automation and smart manufacturing providing strategic and practical information aimed at solving manufacturing challenges for the current and future shop.
This is the 14th year the Executive Briefing Conference has been bringing company leaders together for intentional inspiration on succeeding in today’s manufacturing landscape. This conference is pleased to welcome sponsors Blum, Siemens Corporation and Schuler Consulting to EBC 2017.
For additional information, or last minute registration please contact Christina Elsenbroek, Stiles Machinery, at 616.648-2135 or email@example.com.
About Stiles Machinery Inc.
For more than 50 years, Stiles has been helping manufacturers succeed. As the largest supplier of quality
machinery, Stiles provides a Total Production Solutions approach by also offering equipment integration, financial
services, education, service and parts. By having a wealth of solutions whether defined as people, products or
services, Stiles merges the best thinking and the best ideas into a solution that works best for their customers.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Mich., Stiles has regional offices in High Point, North Carolina; Bristol, PA;
Coppell, Texas; and Rancho Cucamonga, California. Stiles is a proud member of the HOMAG Group, a global
leader in the production of industrial machines for manufacturing.
Visit Stiles at www.stilesmachinery.com.
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