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Vi-Jon, Inc., one of the country’s oldest and largest private label health and beauty care companies, has chosen Scientific Management Techniques (SMT) to deliver advanced manufacturing skills training for their maintenance staff. Headquartered in St. Louis, MO, Vi-Jon operates five manufacturing and distribution centers in the United States. SMT’s training program is initially being delivered in their Smyrna, TN facility.
“Our first class of maintenance professionals have recently completed the full program and the second class started last week” reports Mike McLauchlan, Vi-Jon’s technical training manager in Smyrna. “With Vi-Jon’s Craftsman Training Program Initiative ready to execute, Scientific Management Techniques was the right fit for the development of more advanced skills with our mechanical workforce. The hands-on training approach that is being utilized in their delivery of training is having a positive, profound impact that will carry us to the next level. The training design has helped to strengthen existing skills as well as develop new, more advanced technical skills, allowing us to keep pace with emerging technology in the manufacturing arena.”
Vi-Jon will be training eighty members of their production team in Smyrna over the next several months.
In addition to the manufacturing skills training program, SMT provided Hands-On Manufacturing Skill Assessments using their portable assessment machines. Vi-Jon has been using SMT’s mechanical skills assessment machine, the Standard Timing Model, for several years. The assessment machines and methodology identify and measure the skills required in a manufacturing facility; Mechanical skills, Electrical, Programmable Logic Control, Computer Numeric Control, and Process Control skills. One of the many uses of the assessment program is to identify specific training needs and quantify the effectiveness of training delivered.