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Hubler tours Sanmina Plant to review training
TURTLE LAKE, Wis. – State Representative Mary Hubler
toured Sanmina-SCI in Turtle Lake and came away impressed with the operation and
its cooperation with Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College on a training
“Sanmina and WITC have received a Workforce Advancement
Training Grant from the state, which has helped train Sanmina workers to use new
technologies,” Rep. Hubler said. She was joined on the tour by Craig Fowler,
WITC campus administrator and Dennis Holtegaard, dean of continuing education
for WITC-Rice Lake, and by WITC instructor Steve Hintz.
The grant provided $19,000 for the $26,000 training
program. The grant was awarded in September 2006 for the project which ended in
Hubler learned that the grant has probably helped the
company retain about 54 jobs. Sanmina-SCI is the third largest employer in
Barron County with 380 employees.
“Sanmina-SCI is a vital part of the regional economy,”
Hubler said. “I am really pleased that the company was able to work with WITC to
secure this grant and help save these jobs.”
The Turtle Lake plant offers design, manufacturing,
machining, assembly and finishing in both plastics and aluminum die casting. The
firm serves about 120 customers in electronics, industrial data storage, high
end computers, PC servers, medical communication and recreational markets.
The grant has helped Sanmina employees gain the skills
required by technological advances. The grant from the state has helped increase
productivity, competitiveness and has helped ensure an adequate supply of
skilled workers to enable Sanmina to meet the demand for its products. All
training has taken place at the Sanmina site. The classroom training is eight
hours a week for 13 weeks.
“Sanmina has made valuable improvements on the assembly
floor because of this training program,” Hubler said.