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Oregon Workforce Partnership

Lanz Cabinets

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Workforce Challenge

Lanz Cabinets, in Eugene, OR, makes, distributes and installs custom cabinetry. To compete with cheaper cabinets made in countries with low-cost labor, Lanz needed new milling equipment, but it could not afford training costs on top of equipment costs. Lanz turned to the Lane Workforce Partnership for assistance. "The program pushed us over the edge to purchase the computerized equipment we might have otherwise held off [buying]," said Brent Lanz, co-owner of Lanz Cabinets.

Workforce Solution

Matching funds from the board trained 200 employees in such skills as basic woodworking and using new computerized equipment to reduce waste and production cycle times. The company used Employer Workforce Training Funds to develop a series of in-house training videos to reduce new employee training time and ensure consistency. The company offers competitive wages as well as an excellent benefits package. It is committed to its workers and its community.

Outcomes & Benefits

Since the initial training grant, Lanz has continued to invest in worker skill training and advancing its employees. The recent economic downturn has hit the industry hard. But Lanz has continued to compete by reducing waste in manufacturing processes, and increasing the accuracy and quality of its production. The company has also opened its doors to internships for at-risk youth and provided learning tours to promote manufacturing as a viable career option.

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