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GrovTec US

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Workforce Challenge

Bob Grover founded GrovTec US when another manufacturer was sold and most of its production was outsourced to China. GrovTec manufactures gun accessories. GrovTec’s quick success created challenges for the company, which was rapidly outgrowing its space, systems and processes. The company needed staff training to effectively manage its growth. It turned to the Workforce Investment Council of Clackamas County (WICCO), its local workforce investment board.

Workforce Solution

Thanks to the support provided by WICCO through an Employer Workforce Training Fund matching grant, GrovTec was able to redesign a number of its processes and reduce inefficiency. The training also created a more collaborative working environment, where every employee is engaged in making the company stronger. “The thing that the training helped us do is remember that we are a team. And people who work together as a team can be more efficient,” stated Michelle Payne, Accounting and Human Resources Manager.

Outcomes & Benefits

Since 2006, the company’s bottom line has grown from $.5 million to almost $4 million and GrovTec is on a path to long term sustainability. “In our industry there are a lot of companies, like the big gun manufacturers, that buy their parts from China,” stated Bob Grover. “We’ve been able to focus on trying to increase our efficiencies enough to remain competitive and the training has been another step in creating a better work atmosphere and being the best we could be on making our product.”

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