Waupaca Foundry soars to new heights at EAA KidVenture
KidVenture, a part of EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. According to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, about 601,000 people were in attendance for the fly-in and weeklong events with roughly 134 takeoffs/landings per hour.
How employers’ attention to training keeps them ahead of the industry
In a rapidly changing environment, employers allowing their organizations to fall behind in training is no longer an option. Keeping pace with this type of change requires an ongoing investment in tra...
Foundry in a box
Iola-Scandinavia Elementary students get ready to make fidget spinners with Waupaca Foundry workers through the Foundry in a Box program. Photo credit: Holly Neumann
Waupaca Foundry workers earn quality engineering degrees
In an innovative approach to addressing a workplace challenge, Waupaca Foundry worked with Fox Valley Technical College to devise a customized solution. FVTC's Business and Industry Services team is one of the state's leading providers of workplace training initiatives, serving more than 23,000 employees last year. Many of these services include training in the areas of leadership development, communications and quality, which is where the foundry sought the school's help most recently.
Waupaca Foundry donation bolsters local career programs
PERRY COUNTY – Efforts to promote among local students a healthy affinity for financial literacy, hard sciences, trade skills and how those fields tie into modern manufacturing received a shot in the arm Tuesday afternoon as both Perry Central and Tell City high schools were presented with $2,500 checks from Waupaca Foundry. This windfall will go to support Junior Achievement programs at the schools, which should help both teachers and students involved in the effort expand their horizons.
Skilled Workers Are Scarce in Tight Labor Market
Small U.S. manufacturers say skilled workers are scarce, forcing them to spend more to find and train specialized employees, as unemployment hovers near a nine-year low. Nearly two-thirds of small businesses are spending more time training workers than they were a year ago, according to a survey by The Wall Street Journal and Vistage International, a San Diego executive-advisory group. That could give more Americans access to skilled manufacturing jobs as companies invest the time and resources to bring in less-experienced workers.
Trends Shaping The Return of Manufacturing to U.S.
Tony Glockler, co-founder and CEO of SolidProfessor The standards for U.S. manufacturers to maintain their global competitiveness continue to evolve — and training is one of these. In order to make the most of this shift, it is essential now for these manufacturers to ensure that their American employees are highly skilled and up-to-date with the latest technology and tools.
What is “Manufacturing Day” you ask?
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October - this year is Oct 7, 2016 - any day can be a Manufacturing Day.
Foundry in a Box Sparks Interest in Manufacturing Jobs
When a young person says “I want to be a firefighter when I grow up,” there’s a clear visual image of that career. But when a young person is told “you could have a career as a quality engineer,” there’s no reference point. But Waupaca Foundry is working to change the image of tomorrow’s industrial careers.
Thinking Inside the Box
Waupaca County Post, February 18, 2016 - Students at Little Wolf Junior/Senior High School in Manawa, Wis. recently teamed with a group of employees from Waupaca Foundry to get a “day in the life” career experience participating in a Foundry in a Box simulation, providing insights into the manufacturing process at an iron foundry.
Foundry in a box brings STEM careers to Etowah
One of Waupaca Foundry’s most innovative programs is hitting the road in the Etowah, Tenn. city school system. Team members from Waupaca Foundry Etowah brought the hands-on “Foundry in a Box” program to the school system’s STEM Fair in April and had more than 100 students and parents in attendance.
Waupaca Foundry Graduates Fill Skills Gap
Seventeen Waupaca Foundry employees graduated from a pilot program designed to develop skills required for high demand electrical maintenance positions. The program was funded by a state of Wisconsin Fast Forward grant designed to train current employees at eleven Wisconsin businesses, one of which is Waupaca Foundry. The program was funded by $229,000 from state grants and a $330,000 match from participating employers.