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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet H & S Mold

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Workforce Challenge

Since 1973, H & S Mold in northern Michigan has been manufacturing and building plastic injection molds primarily for the automotive industry. Operating in a highly competitive environment, they have been using an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to plan and track jobs, as well as run business analysis reports, but they needed to invest in a new system to improve business processes and visibility on the shop floor. The new system would increase productivity, but staff training was needed.

Workforce Solution

With the help of Michigan Works!, H & S Mold was able to secure $10,072 in Skilled Trade Training Funds to provide hands-on training for eight existing employees to learn the new ERP system. Experts from the software company E2/Shoptech were able to train the employees during business hours right in the H & S facility. The new system and the training will help keep H & S’s workforce strong and competitive, fostering continued growth.

Outcomes & Benefits

H & S Office Manager, Ashley, has been with the company since January 2016. Not only did Ashley learn a new skill in the ERP training, she also received an increase in her wages as well. Ashley confidently reports, “With the training I have received, I can proficiently use the ERP software program, as well as train and assist fellow employees in using the software.”

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