Manufacturers group discusses concerns

June 17, 2007

The Carroll County Manufacturing Consortium held its first organizational meeting last month at Carroll Community College.

Members discussed apprenticeship training, regional wage data overview, work force recruitment and retention, the Governor's Workforce Investment Board's skill standards project and collaborative marketing.

Twelve companies attended the gathering: IntelliTech Inc., Evapco Inc., Shelter Systems Limited, Universal Forest Products Inc., GT Brothers Inc., Maple Grove Machining, General Dynamics Robotics Systems Inc., Black and Decker Inc., MasterWorks Machining Inc., Western Industrial Machining Inc., Fairlawn Tool and Die Company Inc., and Flowserve Pump Division.

Also attending as business resources were representatives from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, Carroll County Department of Economic Development, the TIME Center, Community College of Baltimore County, Maryland Technology Extension Service and Carroll County public schools.

Consortium members assist each other in collaborative training efforts, work force development, resume sharing, marketing opportunities and networking. Other regional manufacturers are invited to participate.

The next meeting will be at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Carroll Community College, 1601 Washington Road, Westminster. Information: 410-386-8108.

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