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Northern Sales Company



Northern Sales Company

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Project Type:
Existing
Location: Marion County
Northern Sales Company has been in business for more than 20 years in northwestern West Virginia and has grown their business by providing customers with quality workmanship at a competitive price in a timely manner. They started with a small welding shop catering to the nearby coal mines and over the years has developed into customized welding, refurbishing and building containers and products for local oil companies. Recently they have expanded into providing waste management and recycling products to the Mannington, West Virginia area. Their next venture is to provide a Backhoe service. Northern Sales Company is now the largest employer in Mannington and continues to grow to meet their customers’ needs.

Northern Sales Company conducted training for several of its employees through the GGWFP. The program helped provide training for untrained workers on the basics of welding, and also updated training for novice welders, giving them more advanced training. This allowed Northern Sales to update these workers’ skills, helping them increase wage earnings plus enhance their shop’s capabilities.

Training was very successful, and both employer and employees benefitted greatly from these training funds. It allowed the company to hire new employees as general laborers, and further instruct them in skills basic to specialty production, thus increasing productivity in their shop.

Owner Ernest Michael said this was one of the best experiences that Northern Sales has had, and that it helped immensely with the training and hiring of employees. He sends a big ‘thank you’ to the folks with the GGWFP for all their help. He further said, “The people were great to work with from WorkForce West Virginia. They were prompt in their service and more than helpful in getting the paperwork done and our training started.”
“The people were great to work with from WorkForce West Virginia. They were prompt in their service and more than helpful in getting the paperwork done and our training started.”

Ernest Michael,
Owner