If you’re planning to attend the 2014 FABTECH expo in Atlanta, you won’t want to miss the Metalforming Pioneer Company Panel Discussion, taking place on Tuesday, November 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center. There is no cost to attend the event, but space is limited.
This special panel will feature a presentation from Metalforming Pioneer Award recipient EJ Ajax and Sons. Erick Ajax will share best practice initiatives and how they engage their workforce through skill enhancement and advancement.
EJ Ajax and Sons is owned and managed by third-generation metalformers, Tom and Erick Ajax. The company was started by their grandfather, Erick, in 1945.
As a proverbial inventor working out of his house, Erick received several patents. After several moves, driven by growth, the company now occupies 50,000 square feet in the north Minneapolis suburb of Fridley. View Video
EJ Ajax and Sons is a real-world example of how manufacturers and community colleges partnering to invest in workforce development is a win-win-win. Since 1993, more than half of EJ Ajax and Sons frontline workforce either entered into or graduated from their apprenticeship programs and most Class A journeyworkers have nearly doubled their entry-level wages as a result.
At the same time, their bottom line profit remains several points above industry benchmarks, due in large to ongoing efforts to upgrade talent on the shop floor.
Established through a grant from the Hitachi Foundation, the Metalforming Pioneer Award Program identifies companies that combine successful business results through well-defined values, culture, policies, practices and investments, with exemplary workforce development practices resulting in skill/career advancement, efficiencies for the company and recognition in the community.