Stull Technologies is a worldwide leader in design, development, and manufacturing of innovative dispensing closures, caps, lids, and packaging components. Since its beginning in1947, the company’s philosophy has been to think creatively, view each design situation a bit differently, and challenge the industry’s status quo.
As an innovator in the packaging components industry staying on top of the technological developments was imperative to the success of Stull. Although the newest equipment is important, Stull’s workforce is an even greater factor in the company’s ability to remain a leader in the industry.
As manufacturing technology changed employee skills began to lag, new hires didn’t have the appropriate skills and customers’ requirements changed. Stull felt it needed to improve workplace practices and improve communications between workers and between workers and management. To address its concerns, Stull turned to NJMEP, who it had worked with on previous projects.
NJMEP looked at the objectives Stull had defined and proposed a training initiative that would address the company’s needs. To maximize the training and minimize its costs to Stull, NJMEP proposed applying for a New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development Customized Training Grant.
The grant would fund occupational, technical and managerial training that would help Stull meet its initial objectives, which would also have a significant impact on its manufacturing processes.
NJMEP assisted with the grant application, and once approved, the reporting process. Training began and within a years time Stull had trained its employees in: Industrial Machine Maintenance, Six Sigma Green belt Certifications, PC and Customer Service Skills, Team Building and Lean manufacturing techniques. In addition, NJMEP provided Project Management and Lean Administrative training and translated Stull’s procedures from English to Spanish and delivered them to the ESL audience.
The injection molding industry in New Jersey is under fire from overseas competition. To assure Stull would be able to compete NJMEP conducted a Plastics Technology workshop delivered by a leader in the field.
When all was said and done, Stull Technologies had provided its employees with occupational, technological and managerial skills that empowered them and strengthened the company.
Christina LaSalle, the Human Resources Manager of Stull Technologies Inc., recently noted, “NJMEP has helped in the approval of our grant application and completed the training in the areas of Lean, Six Sigma, Lock Out/Tag Out, and a variety of other training. As a result, we have become more competitive, improved employee morale, more ownership and accountability for tasks done. We have cost savings and avoided unnecessary investments in inventory.”
“The plastics technology program gave our technical employees a better understanding of the plastics process. The results will be improved productivity and reduced waste and defects.”
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