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Workforce Challenge

For over 30 years, FKM USA, LLC in Frankfort, IL, has produced high-quality coating of polyurethane and non-woven fabric and steel rolls and rollers in conjunction with Freudenberg Works. Before moving to Frankfort in 2006, it was solely an outsourcing company. Once in Frankfort, larger facilities have allowed it to bring most of the roll manufacturing processes in-house increasing its full-time staff. Rolls are custom manufactured to meet the customers needs.

Workforce Solution

New equipment purchases and upgrades in software required employee training, which at that time was cost prohibitive to the company.

Funding through the incumbent worker program helped the company meet its training needs for the implementation of an automated management information system (Global Shop Solutions), that allows the company to accurately track actual time spent to manufacture a product as well as related shipping, invoicing, and inspection functions.

Additionally, training on the use and maintenance of a newly acquired Safop lathe/grinder combination machine enabled FKM to expand its production capabilities; and training in print reading/micrometer usage helped them insure journals are correctly calibrated.

Outcomes & Benefits

When assessing the value of the training, a FKM USA rep stated, “Through this program, we were able to provide the highest quality of training to our workers. The skills and abilities of our employees impact our bottom line, especially in this competitive economy. Investing in our workers enables us to grow our business and, as a result, increase our workforce.”

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