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September 5, 2003

For more information please contact:
Muriel Mosher
Tel: 207-623-0680


Maine Wood Turning was notified last Wednesday that they were successful in obtaining $67,400 from the Governor’s Training Initiative – a program jointly administered by the State of Maine’s Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). The training award will allow Maine Wood Turning to pursue company-wide training through the Maine Manufacturing Extension Partnership (Maine MEP).

Wayne Messer, Project Manager with the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments (AVCOG) and the Maine MEP helps manufacturing businesses to work more efficiently. As a result of this award, Wayne will be working directly with Maine Wood Turning employees to increase their productivity and decrease inefficiencies, which will mean an increase in the company’s competitiveness. The training is expected to begin this fall and last approximately one year. Although several of the area’s employers have been introduced to lean manufacturing through the Maine MEP’s Lean 101 Public Events, there are very few area employers that have become lean manufacturers by undergoing the series of training modules.

Sarah Doscinski, Business Development Specialist from AVCOG and DECD said, “I am very pleased with this award because it represents the positive impact that results from collaboration among State and regional economic development organizations when working with a local employer. Maine Wood Turning has a quality work environment and is committed to its employees, which deserves reward.”

Owner and General Manager, Doug Fletcher commented, “We strive whenever possible to train up our own key people right from within our own employee base. This is accomplished for the most part through appointing qualified trainees to skilled trainers and teaching them the ropes where we can and sending them out for training when needed. We are excited about the opportunities the upcoming program will afford us and especially for the opportunity it will bring to our workers.”

Doug is excited about the upcoming project. In closing, he remarked, “I want DOL and DECD to know that we certainly appreciate the opportunity provided to us by this funding not to mention all the valuable people we’ve had occasion to meet with throughout this process (especially for Sarah Doscinski and all her efforts, as I think she has worked the hardest and without her we never even would have known about the Governor’s Training Initiative.) Sarah can be reached in her Farmington office by calling 207-778-0863.