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LSC to provide customized training for NewPage
Lake Superior College (LSC) and NewPage Corp. have received a $91,768 Minnesota Job Skills Partnership (MJSP) grant to create a customized training program for the NewPage workforce in Duluth.
Training will cover topics from machining and welding to leadership development and safety education for 105 workers at the Duluth paper mill.
A public grant signing ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the NewPage plant, 100 N. Central Avenue.
“We have a highly skilled workforce at the Duluth mill and there are employees with many years of experience who are planning for retirement,” Laura Molter, NewPage Duluth mill human resources director, said in a news 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.”
The 105 employees, primarily production workers who monitor and maintain the milling equipment, will participate in various types of training,.
The training program will:
• Update skills of the production workforce
• Broaden the industry knowledge of existing staff
• Train employees on new technologies
• Cross train employees on new and existing equipment
• Standardize safety practices
• Provide leadership training to new supervisors
“With a changing workforce, NewPage needs to improve activities to reduce costs and increase productivity,” said Steve Wagner, LSC’s executive director of workforce and community development. “Our training program will focus on the technical skill levels of existing maintenance and production employees. The training will go wide and deep, and allow the workforce to maintain the facility.”
The NewPage Duluth Mill is owned by NewPage Wisconsin System Inc., an affiliate of NewPage Corporation, the leading producer of printing and specialty papers in North America. The company operates paper mills in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
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