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Allied Machine and Engineering Corp.

Workforce Challenge

Allied Machine and Engineering Corp. of Dover, OH, is the leading manufacturer of precision drilling systems, providing metal cutting solutions. Many positions at Allied require specialized skills and/or training to perform job functions; in addition, the company needed to reduce turnover and preserve investments made in training new employees. Finally it needed a financially feasible way to upgrade the skills of and provide training to existing employees.

Workforce Solution

The Employment Source's Business Services Unit assisted Allied in addressing its Human Resources challenges. Five programs were accessed by the company:

JobFit: this online assessment tool helps employers hire and retain employees by helping them identify applicants with behavior and thinking styles similar to those of their most successful employees. Allied now uses this exclusively during its hiring process.

Job Placement: Allied has placed over 30 job orders with the Business Services Unit, which in turn refers qualified job seekers to the positions, resulting in the hire of more than 30 previously unemployed workers.

Third Frontier Internship Program: Allied completed 13 internship contracts which placed college students into temporary positions. A number of these interns went on to full-time placements at the company.

Incumbent Worker Training Program: Allied qualified to use Incumbent Worker funds to upgrade the skills of 25 current workers, increasing their chances for retention and advancement.

On the Job Training: OJT Contracts reimburse the employer up to 50% of the wages of an employee during an agreed-upon training period. This funding has allowed Allied to achieve cost savings while providing opportunities to workers with less experience in its field.

Outcomes & Benefits

WIA has been a good fit for Allied. The company has saved over $73,000 through the use of WIA-related programs and workforce services. In 2008, because of its valued partnership and the ways that Allied has contributed to providing jobs for unemployed workers and job seekers through OJT and internships, the Workforce Investment Board Area 6 presented Allied Machine and Engineering Corp. with the WIA Tuscarawas County Business Customer of the Year Award.

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