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nth/works Announces Local Manufacturers Youth Apprentice Program
Tuesday March 19, 2013
Mayor Fischer joined Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, Greater Louisville Inc. Executive Vice President of Economic Development Eileen Picket and nth/works CEO Tom Hudson at nth/works located at 6901 Preston Highway today to discuss the recent success of nth/works’ high school engineering apprentice program.
Started in 2012 by nth/works, a precision manufacturer and engineering company, and Jeffersontown High School, the apprentice program provides five juniors and seniors with hands-on, paid training in five areas of manufacturing: welding and automation; tool and die equipment; tooling engineering; CNC machining; and kaizen, a Japanese manufacturing philosophy focused on continuous improvement.
“It’s up to us as manufacturers to work with schools to help train and inspire the next generation of engineers” said Hudson. “General Electric’s CEO, Jeff Immelt, has led the way to bring appliance manufacturing back to the United States. With GE, as well as automotive manufacturers like Ford and Toyota calling Louisville home, there is no shortage of demand for skilled labor. Our hope is to further refine this program to act as a model for other manufacturers, both locally and nationally.”
The growing shortage of skilled workers is a major concern for Mayor Fischer and community leaders. A recent Reuters report found that 34 percent of manufacturers have trouble filling jobs due to lack of available talent. Top reasons include lack of applicants and, among those who apply, lack of experience.
"This innovative apprentice program fits perfectly with two initiatives that are crucial for Louisville,” Fischer said. “First is our effort to add 55,000 new people with college degrees or technical degree and certifications by 2020, and also our focus on growing new jobs in the advanced manufacturing sector.”
nth/works is a growing, privately held $55 million metalforming design and engineering company that has historically focused on making parts and components for the appliance and automotive industries. We have approximately 350 associates and two manufacturing facilities in Louisville, Kentucky.
In order to survive and prosper in the global economy, we have departed the world of commodity parts and blazed a trail down a path of complexity, technology and sophistication.
Our goal is to continue to grow by living our core values, developing our associates and partnering with our customers to solve challenging technological problems that can make your hair hurt.