PULASKI, NY -- Fulton Companies (www.fulton.com), the global manufacturer of steam, hydronic and thermal fluid heat transfer products, and Synex Controls (www.synexcontrols.com), an industry-leading developer of energy management solutions, welcomed more than 30 high school students and career-training adults for an onsite visit, as part of a commitment to encouraging and providing opportunities for trade trainees.
“Nationally, there is a lack of training for the skilled trades professionals who are so needed in the manufacturing sector,” according to Synex Controls Business Manager Joel Southwell. “Proactive training of high school students is an investment that provides U.S. manufacturing companies with the skilled workforce needed to compete in today’s economy.”
Students in the Watertown-based (N.Y.) Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton, Herkimer, Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Welding, Electrical Wiring Technology, and Plumbing/Heating & Air Conditioning programs toured Fulton’s new 112,000-square-foot expansion, including office, manufacturing, and Research & Development space.
The visitors were given a first-hand look at the job opportunities available in a manufacturing plant. Fulton employs highly-trained welders, electricians, service technicians, and other trades professionals.
The Fulton Companies is one of the fastest-growing manufacturers in the region, with more than 250 employees and plans to add 50 new jobs over the next few years.
Despite the nation's current weak job market, the demand for workers qualified to perform many highly-skilled jobs continues to grow, according to Mark Hilton, Fulton’s vice president for manufacturing and new product development.
“There’s been a dramatic decline in the number of people who possess these skill sets,” Hilton said. “The kids represented in this visit have a really bright future in a time when we hear a lot of disheartening news about unemployment.”
The Jefferson County-based programs at the Charles H. Bohlen, Jr. Technical Center, offers Career and Technical Educational Services in 25 different hands on training programs. The Center works in conjunction with all school districts within Jefferson County. Programs consist of two years of hands on instruction provided by highly skilled professionals and internships with local employers that enable students to experience future careers in real life settings.
Fulton and Synex Controls are promoting partnerships with students in these programs, as well as extending internship opportunities.
“It’s critical to partner with the school programs that are working hard to not only show kids these opportunities, but to train them to have the highly-specialized knowledge base needed today,” Southwell said.
For additional information about Fulton and Synex products, please visit www.fulton.com and www.synexcontrols.com.