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ESCO Corporation

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Workforce Challenge

ESCO, headquartered in Portland, is a metals manufacturing company with factories in twenty-six countries. Its two Portland foundries employ over 1,000 workers. Changes in the industry required ESCO to retool its workers. With a challenging economic environment, ESCO turned to its Local Workforce Investment Board, Worksystems Inc., for help.

Workforce Solution

Worksystems provided a federally funded Employer Workforce Training Fund grant for ESCO to create and implement a training program based on lean manufacturing principles and leadership training. The program addressed the need for ESCO workers at all levels to be actively engaged in problem solving and recommending continuous improvements. ESCO was so pleased with the results of the program that the company implemented the training as the standard for all of its sites.

Outcomes & Benefits

As ESCO continued its efforts to increase competitiveness through worker training, the company recognized that it was not alone in the workforce challenges facing the metals industry. So it returned to Worksystems Inc. to partner in a new way to convene other metals companies as the Portland Metals Manufacturing Consortium. The consortium members work on common training needs and industry challenges.


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