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Link Industries Remains Competitive with Help from Going PRO Talent Fund Training Grant


To remain competitive in the market, Link Industries desperately needed to replace a 22-year old machine, but they knew doing so would require them to train several workers on the new machine. Working with Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium, Link Industries received $20,000 in Going PRO Talent Funds which allowed them to train 10 employees on the new equipment.


Training provided included Machine Set-up, Advanced Machine & Numroto, and Applied Project Management. Methods & Equipment provided training on Tsugami 101: Standard Machine Training I - new user. The Tsugami training was offered over two-shifts, allowing Link to support their current and new business.


Link Industries believes in promoting staff from within the company and the Tsugami training has helped their employees understand a new level of machining capability. This training allowed them to keep work in-house that they previously outsourced, which in turn, makes Link Industries more competitive for lead-times and pricing.


"The Going PRO Grant was the final push we needed to get approval for the Tsugami B0326-III at Link Industries,” reports General Manager Jeff Veryser. “Since its arrival in June, we have kept the machine running 6-days a week with new business."


Link Machinist Mark Weber was happy he received the training, stating, "The Tsugami was the most difficult machine training I've been through and I'm glad I could be a part of it.”


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