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Northeast Michigan Consortium Michigan Works!

Meet Sklarczyk Seed Farm

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Workforce Challenge

Over the past several years, Sklarczyk Seed Farm has become one the premier agriculture businesses in Michigan. Competition in this section of the agriculture business is strong and Sklarczyk’s efforts to maintain and gain new customers has become more complicated. To remain competitive and a leader in this industry, they must continue to build the skills and knowledge of their employees in the practices of Lean Management and the benefits this business philosophy encourages.

Workforce Solution

They’ve worked closely with Michigan Works! to fulfill their employment needs and turned to Michigan Works! to apply for Skilled Trade Training Funds as well. With Michigan Works! assistance, Sklarczyk was awarded $29,900 in training funds to train 21 existing employees and create 3 new jobs.

Sklarczyk used the training funds to train their staff in Lean Management Training, which will enable their employees to become more efficient and skillfull in their competitive market. Thanks to the STTF grant, Sklarczyk can grow their employee relationships and foster their employees' growth potential.

Outcomes & Benefits

“Without this support and focus our position in MI and across the globe could be effected and our growth slowed or possibly worse. As a new Lean focused business, bringing all our employees into the implementation is core to our success,” stated Alison Sklarczyk. “We found that by having the Lean Management Training, our staff members were able to find ways to be more efficient with our processes, but also had fun brainstorming and working with co-workers that they may not interact with usually"

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