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Hubler tours Sanmina Plant to review training program

State Representative Mary HublerTURTLE 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 program.

“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 September 2007.

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.