Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board
Business Collaboration Retains Jobs
With the introduction of a new EZ Loader product, Bishamon needed to make sure they could efficiently produce and deliver this product before the competition stepped in.
"The EZ Loader is our premier product and if we lost market share, it would cost us valuable employees," said Robert Stone, vice president of Engineering and Manufacturing at Bishamon Industries Corporation.
Stone received a letter from the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board about the LEAN Manufacturing Program with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting (CMTC), and it couldn't have come at a better time.
"We wanted to be very efficient and streamline our entire process and improve the development of future products," Stone said.
CMTC came in and showed the company areas of improvement in assembly and welding. Employees were excited to share their ideas and work as a team with the consultant and executives for the good of the entire company.
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"We've already seen sales growth for our new EZ Loader and the hard work has paid off," Stone said. "By shipping our product in two days, we maintain our edge as competition increases."
Through the LEAN Manufacturing Program, they have retained 10 jobs.
Additionally, Stone also utilized the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board Business Resource Team to recruit and hire a shipping supervisor.
"They found a great person for us who plays a very important role in satisfying our customers," Stone said.