Posted at: 06/11/2013 10:05 PM
By: Zach Hammer
A partnership announced on Tuesday between Lake Superior College and the NewPage corporation will provide training to 105 plant employees.
They received a $91,768 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership. The money will be used to create a customized training program for NewPage's Duluth workforce, covering topics such as machining, welding, leadership development, and safety education.
NewPage management says this will help keep the company competitive.
"One of the way we compete successfully in a very technologically complex industry is by having a very skilled workforce," said NewPage Mill Manager John Bastian. "Training is a key component of that."
Primary production employees who monitor and maintain the paper milling equipment will be the recipients of the training.
"We have a highly skilled workforce at the Duluth mill and there are employees with many years of experience who are planning for retirement," said Laura Molter, NewPage Human Resources Director in a press release. "We will be losing these skills and valuable knowledge and we need to prepare other employees who will be taking their places. This training program will provide an opportunity to address some of these challenges."