April 26 - Springs Window Fashions of Grayling held a Talent Tour for nine students and two instructors from Grayling High School’s Construction Trades class. HR Manager, John Metts and Plant Manager Dan Heinz gave a presentation to the guests before touring the plant. Both spoke on what the company looks for in an employee and what skills are needed for entry level positions. Springs is a people-centered company and both presenters spoke on the how the company has created a culture of family, which focuses on developing employee skills and offering a generous benefit package that includes tuition reimbursement.
Plant Manager Dan Heinz shows the students how computer-aided manufacturing assists in the planning, control, and management of production operations. Students were shown how operators use the computer by inputting and outputting data. Students were introduced to blade maintenance which is a very key job at Springs. The staff member operating the sharpening equipment maintains the saw blades by sharpening them and measuring the thickness for quality and safety.
John, HR Manager, shows how a board starts off in raw material and then is manufactured into a smooth board that eventually becomes part of a wood blind. There were several areas in the plant that were toured including shipping & receiving, sanding & finishing, production, jointing, stacking and molding.
The students showed much enthusiasm and interest in being at Springs, they asked several questions and interacted with management. A few students inquired about applying for jobs after graduation.
As North America’s premier window covering company, Springs Window Fashions in Grayling is the company’s plant that manufactures their wood blinds.