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Metso Power

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Project Type:
Existing
Location: Marion County
Metso Power, a division of the global leader Metso Paper USA, is located in Fairmont, W.Va.

“The collaboration of working with the Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program has tremendously helped alleviate some of the fi nancial burden in hiring new employees and imparting new training to existing employees,” explained Chuck Kuretza, operation manager of Metso Power.

“At Metso Power, we service a ‘just-in-time’ market by producing tube shields for the power industry and having the capabilities to service attachment and fabrication work, not only for the power industry but for several global companies’ product needs,” Kuretza continued. “We have offered several West Virginia workers the training and technology necessary to help us compete in this world’s global economy. We sought to hire one skill set, and to teach the other set skills we desire our employees to know in order for us to remain competitive in our fast-paced industry. Metso prides itself in being the benchmark of the industry. With help from the state of West Virginia we are transforming workers’ skill sets so they can function as part of the fl exible, highly-diversifi ed Metso team in the Fairmont Service Center. This gives us the competitive advantage.”

Worker at Metso PowerMetso was awarded money through the Governor’s Guaranteed Work Force Program and the Competitive Improvement Program to assist with the cost of training existing employees, as well as newly hired ones. Through these programs, employees had an opportunity to receive hands-on training and learn skills necessary to program and operate our state-of-the-art Mazak Space Gear Mark II, 3-D laser machine. Training funds also were used to assist with an in-house Basic Laser Operator training course for seven new employees hired to run the laser machine. This training was provided to allow the machine to be run around the clock with three shifts of knowledgeable operators. The costs totaled more than $32,000 for the purchase of new software and for training the four existing employees, the seven newly-hired operators and their respective trainers.

In the fall of 2007, Metso Power hired three new welders and the company is pursuing reimbursement for on-the-job training that will supply the workers with the skills necessary to meet the company’s high quality standards of fabrication work.
“Metso prides itself in being the benchmark of the industry. With help from the state of West Virginia we are transforming workers’ skill sets so they can function as part of the fl exible, highly-diversifi ed Metso team in the Fairmont Service Center.”

Chuck Kuretza, Operation Manager