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"Participation in the PIPELINE Program has revolutionized our training methodology. Funding from the PIPELINE Dual-Training Grant allowed us to implement an in-house hybrid program that combines online training resources and classes led by industry professionals."

— Pequot Tool & Manufacturing

Pequot Tool & Manufacturing Jones Metal

Pequot Tool & Manufacturing is a family-owned, AS9100-certified contract manufacturer located in central Minnesota. Our growth in capabilities and capacity has traditionally been in response to customer needs.

We increased our commitment to employee training by creating an Employee Development Coordinator position in 2012. The responsibilities of the new position were to coordinate and document training and competencies. While this provided a positive impact, it lacked the strategic intent to guide the development of employees to reach their potential.

Participation in the PIPELINE Program has revolutionized our training methodology. Funding from the PIPELINE Dual-Training Grant allowed us to implement an in-house hybrid program that combines online training and classes led by industry professionals.

Participants in the grant-funded training include a mix of new employees with no machining background and existing employees who were poised for progress. With a greater emphasis on strategic employee development, Pequot Tool & Manufacturing has experienced a significant reduction in employee turnover and an overall improvement in morale.

The momentum provided by the PIPELINE Program has resulted in our recent registration of a CNC machinist apprenticeship program and our participation in the Minnesota Apprenticeship Initiative Grant program.

We are honored to participate in the PIPELINE Program and recommend the program without reservation.

Questions or comments about the Minnesota PIPELINE Program?

Contact Annie Welch, PIPELINE Program manager, at (651) 284-5353 or Annie.Welch@state.mn.us.

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