Charleston, W.Va. – NGK Spark Plugs in Sissonville was recently named an “Employer of the Year” by WorkForce West Virginia for their outstanding commitment to developing a skilled workforce. The award was presented during the Building Workforce Success Together conference sponsored by the United States Department of Labor.
NGK produces spark plugs for original and replacement equipment markets. NGK was the first Japanese auto company to come to West Virginia more than 15 years ago. In October 2010, NGK stopped making spark plugs at a production plant in Irvine, California and transferred those operations to its Sissonville location. Today, the company employs approximately 300 people.
“NGK partners with us to fill all its job openings. They make sure that if an applicant is not hired for a position in their company, that person is referred back to WorkForce for further assistance,” said Russell Fry, acting executive director of WorkForce West Virginia. “Those are just two examples of how NGK has utilized our services to strengthen their company and the workforce as a whole.”
NGK also works with several temporary agencies to train and promote employees from within the company.
“NGK is well-deserving of this honor,” said Beatrice Harper of WorkForce West Virginia, who nominated the company for the award. “The company participates in all WorkForce job fairs and career days for local high school students.”
NGK supports the community by providing money for academic and athletic programs, including assisting in the establishment of a Japanese language program at Sissonville High School.
WorkForce West Virginia is a cooperative effort to provide one-stop delivery of career services to job seekers, employers and other interested individuals. More information is available online at www.workforcewv.org