Fox Valley Metal-Tech. All Stars
Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance has published its second annual manufacturing All Stars magazine. The publication comes out once a year and features All Star employees from various manufacturing companies. A panel of judges assembled by NEW Manufacturing Alliance chooses the award’s recipients. The judges look for workers who illustrate the new generation of manufacturing workers that recognize the challenges, advancements, and rewards of their job. Out of the top 30 candidates considered, eleven would become 2010 manufacturing All Stars. This year, two of Fox Valley Metal Tech., Inc.’s employees were chosen to be All Stars: supervisor Tim Dyer and welder Matt Busch.
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance is a group made up of manufacturers, workforce development boards, chambers of commerce, and state organizations. The alliance works with educational institutions to promote manufacturing in the northeast Wisconsin region. The primary objective of NEW Manufacturing Alliance is to unite manufacturers in the northeast Wisconsin region and strengthen them in growth opportunities. The group also focuses on promoting a positive outlook of manufacturing jobs and promoting the potential of the career to students and parents. Fox Valley Metal-Tech., Inc. is a proud member of this alliance.
Matt Busch, a NEW Manufacturing Alliance All Star, attended Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College to learn the basics of welding. Now he welds on various types of metals to customer requirements and interprets blueprints. He says his team members helped him during his on-the-job training to excel in his welding skills. Matt has also been featured on the cover of Insight on Manufacturing Magazine in the December 2009 edition.
Like many high school students, Matt Busch was not sure what career he wanted to pursue in his future. In a video
featuring him on YouTube, Matt suggests to students to try a variety of things to find what interests them. He also says that math skills are very important to have for his type of job as a welder and that it “takes a lot of skill and hard work.” Matt would agree that the hard work pays off and that everyone at FVMT works as a team. “I definitely have a future at Fox Valley,” said Matt. “Especially because people are willing to work with you, willing to help train you, and willing to help you grow.”
Insight on Manufacturing Magazine published the article “Retooling” by Sean Johnson in the same issue. The article addressed the nearly 50,000 manufacturing jobs lost in Wisconsin, but stated that welding jobs are still in demand. To accommodate the schedules of those that wanted to learn the trade, Fox Valley Tech created late-night welding classes that run from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The article further discusses the measures many people are taking to build skills during this rough time in the economy. Fox Valley Metal-Tech., Inc. does its best to keeps its employees working as a team and helping each other out during this hard time.
Fox Valley Metal-Tech., Inc. provides sheet metal fabrication services to produce quality custom parts, fabrications, and assemblies. They handle metals such as stainless steel, aluminum and steel. FVMT’s most notable capabilities include laser and water jet cutting, CNC precision press brake forming, welding to AWS and military standards, metal finishing, and other related services. Industries currently served include: custom machine builders, paper industry, packaging equipment, car wash equipment, food handling and processing equipment, water treatment, safety equipment, marine and shipbuilding, construction, crane industry, electrical enclosure, and drying equipment. Fox Valley Metal-Tech., Inc. is a privately held S-Corporation established in 1989. For further information, please contact John West, Fox Valley Metal-Tech., Inc., 1201 Parkview Road, Green Bay, WI 54304, Phone 1 (800) 469-9004. Company Website:www.fvmt.com