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Workforce Investment Board of Will County

Pollmann North America (N.A.), Inc.

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Workforce Challenge

Pollmann N.A., in Romeoville, IL is an automotive supplier that manufactures electromechanical assemblies for the automotive industry. Pollmann was relying heavily on outside vendors for maintenance/repair of robotic equipment. They wanted to train staff to perform these tasks in-house at a significant cost savings to the company. They hoped to solve this problem through the development of an apprenticeship program and by providing specialized training for both the apprentices and existing technical production staff.

Workforce Solution

With the assistance of the US Dept. of Labor, Pollman implemented an apprenticeship program and identified specialized training needs. Then, Pollmann successfully procured funding through the Incumbent Worker Program from the Workforce Investment Board of Will County to provide training to several employees through customized coursework at Joliet Junior College.

Outcomes & Benefits

Several employees have now received training in plastic injection molding materials/processes, safe and proper use of robots in a manufacturing environment, basic and advanced programming of robotic equipment and robot maintenance and repair. These employees have increased their skills and impacted the company's overall efficiency.

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