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Workforce Challenge

As more and more IMM customers were requiring certified riggers on their jobsites and insurance companies were requiring certified riggers be used on rented equipment, IMM realized that by strengthening the skillsets of their existing workforce, they could avoid layoffs of their less skilled workers. In addition, they could outsource less work that could be done in-house by getting their employees additional welding certifications and training.

Workforce Solution

In August 2016, IMM began working with Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium and Business Services Professional Alayne Hansen to develop a training program. Thanks to Michigan Works! assistance, they were awarded Skilled Trade Training Fund dollars totaling $32,087, which IMM utilized to train 26 employees, create four new jobs, and backfill seven positions. The STTF funding helped IMM upgrade their welding capabilities to enable them to broaden their scope of work. This welding training brought employees to a new level of ability that will stay with them throughout their careers. IMM’s newly certified riggers can now safely rig large pieces of equipment and are able to work confidently with crane operators on any job site.

Outcomes & Benefits

“We are grateful to the State of Michigan Skilled Trades Training Funds and Michigan Works! for helping IMM, Inc. and its employees to achieve new levels of expertise and abilities,” said IMM HR Manager, Sandy Moody. “We have added new fabricators in our shop operations and expanded our Field Division as a result of this training. We are bidding new work with confidence that we will be able to fulfill our obligations with greater skill and safer methods for both our old and our new customers.”

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