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SCSU to speed manufacture of stone working equipment

Monday, April 3, 2006

University students and faculty members have initiated training that will help the entire workforce of Park Industries, the largest manufacturer of stone working equipment in North America, turn the company into a "lean speed manufacturer."

Park Industries intern Sageeta Shrestha

In a unique workforce-development partnership, the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership awarded SCSU a $132,500 grant to provide entry-level and advanced training and retraining for 290 employees of Park Industries, St. Cloud. The company is contributing more than $212,200 to fund the two-year project, which will help cut new product development time, increase productivity and lead to 55 new jobs by 2007.

Areas included in the training program are manufacturing engineering, processing engineering, enterprise resource planning and information technology, industrial engineering, engineering management, marketing and design skills, and the Spanish language.

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