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Simonton Building Products

Simonton Windows Logo
Project Type:
Expansion
Location: Ritchie County
Simonton Windows, a subsidiary of Simonton Building Products, located in Ritchie County, West Virginia, is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. Proud to be associated with WorkForce West Virginia, Simonton places great value on the training opportunities that this partnership affords the company. The GGWFP enables Simonton to offer its associates training that is critical to specific job functions. It also allows participants to strengthen current skill sets - a benefit later realized should they re-enter the West Virginia job market.

These programs greatly assist West Virginia workers and companies like Simonton that choose to conduct business within the state. By assisting Simonton with valuable employee training initiatives, the work force becomes more efficient in daily tasks. Greater efficiency results in less downtime, better reliability and more production which, in turn, makes the company more competitive in the marketplace.

Brian Bliek, manufacturing manager, stated, “In West Virginia we’re fortunate to have a work force with an outstanding work ethic. Our challenge is to provide our associates with training needed to keep pace with an ever-changing process and industry. This program is helping us surpass that challenge.”

To date, Simonton has sent technicians to Germany and Zelienople, Pennsylvania, for factory training on corner cleaners and glass equipment. The knowledge gained through these experiences will allow the company to develop its own training programs. These programs will then be used to train Simonton associates at all West Virginia manufacturing facilities.

The GGWFP also has enabled Simonton to partner with the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Corporate Education program to develop an apprenticeship for maintenance technicians. Program participants earn journeyman cards in industrial machine repair from the U.S. Department of Labor. Completion of this training program also permits maintenance technicians to move up in pay as they become more highly efficient in the work force.
“In West Virginia we’re fortunate to have a work force with an outstanding work ethic. Our challenge is to provide our associates with training needed to keep pace with an ever-changing process and industry. This program is helping us surpass that challenge.”

Brian Bliek,
Manufacturing Manager, Ritchie County, W.Va.