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GOVERNOR PRESENTS JULY WIN AWARD
MADISON—Gov. Scott McCallum today announced that Therma-Tron-X, Inc. (TTX), Sturgeon Bay has won the July Governor’s Workforce Innovation Award (WIN), which recognizes individuals and organizations that create innovative approaches and outside-of-the-box solutions to develop and sustain Wisconsin’s workforce.
"A strong, skilled work force is a critical component to a healthy Wisconsin economy," Gov. McCallum said. "Businesses like Therma-Tron-X are ensuring the strength of tomorrow’s workforce by offering incentives for Wisconsin workers to remain in Wisconsin where they are needed," he said.
The company, in conjunction with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and area high schools, created a one-year certification and training program for new high school graduates who are interested in becoming a craftsman in a trade. NWTC has assembled a curriculum specific to the trades employed by TTX, including electrical, piping, plumbing, sheet metal, welding, fitting and hydraulics. The nine-month program includes four days a week of workplace training and one day of classroom training at NWTC. Participants are paid for workplace training time and TTX also covers the cost for all books, tuition and fees associated with classes.
Upon successful completion of the program, individuals receive a bonus and a $1 an hour raise. Therma-Tron-X hires at least two of the graduates and attempts to place those they are unable to hire with other companies, not usually a difficult task given today’s tight labor market and strong demand for skilled trades people. Either way those who complete the program have gained a profitable skill that they are likely to use as they live and work in Wisconsin.
Therma-Tron-X, founded in 1971, began as a manufacturer of custom industrial ovens and washers. Today they also make automated paint application systems; programmed hoists; conveyor systems; water purification and waste water treatment systems; and programmable electrical control panels. In 1976, Therma-Tron-X moved to the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park where they constructed a 20,000 square foot facility. Over the years Therma-Tron-X has expanded with several additions to their original plant, which now has more than 112,000 square feet of manufacturing space and nearly 20,000 square feet of office space and approximately 160 employees.
The WIN Award is presented each month to highlight innovative approaches and solutions to overcoming barriers to work, empowering individuals to move up the job ladder, and partnering with employers, educators and local government to do what works to build a stronger workforce.
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