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Columbia Helicopters

Workforce Challenge

Like many small businesses, Columbia Helicopters was challenged to stay competitive, particularly when the company wanted to diversify from being primarily involved in helicopter logging to all types of heavy-lift operations.

Workforce Solution

Columbia accessed LEAN training, paid for by Workforce Investment Act funds, through the sponsorship of the local workforce investment board Job Growers Incorporated and the Mid-Willamette Valley High Performance Consortium.

Outcomes & Benefits

Integrating LEAN principles into its daily operations helped Columbia make the needed transition smoother and more successful. Columbia Helicopters is now the world leader in heavy lift helicopter flight operations.

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