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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2010

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

Specialized Mobile Job Training Facility at ALP Lighting Components in Olive Branch

The Time Wise mobile training facility conducting RAMP training is currently located at the A.L.P. Lighting Components plant at 10630 Marina Drive in the Metro Industrial Park.

The unit will be available for media tours on Wednesday, December 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Program participants and instructors will be available for comment at this time.

OLIVE BRANCH, MS - Workers looking to hone their skills for job placement are participating in the Rapid Advanced Manufacturing Placement program, or RAMP, the mobile job training program financed through federal “stimulus” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) money to help manufacturers find qualified employees. The 10-day specialized training program is being held December 6 – December 17 at the A.L.P. Lighting Components plant at 10630 Marina Drive in the Metro Industrial Park in Olive Branch.

The program is being implemented through a partnership involving Three Rivers Planning and Development District, the Mississippi Partnership, Delta Workforce Investment Area and Time Wise Management Systems. The program is provided at no cost to employers and is funded by a $500,000 grant from the Governor’s office.

Time Wise Management Systems, Inc., was founded in 1998 as a Lean business consulting company working with both nonprofit and for-profit entities. Today it provides products and consulting services to increase productivity, revenue and economic impact.

Inside the RAMP traveling unit, equipped with the latest industrial technology, participants learn new manufacturing skills during two weeks of intense training. During the self-paced program, workers learn practical skills on cutting-edge equipment. RAMP’s mobility can bring training to areas where jobs and potential employees are located, including an employer’s plant site.

“The Rapid Advanced Manufacturing Placement (RAMP) program is designed to assist entry-level workers interested in working with manufacturing,” commented Gary Golden, Three Rivers Planning and Development District WIA Adult Program Director. “We will be working with local manufacturers like A.L.P. Lighting Components to determine their hiring needs, then recruiting dislocated workers, low-income individuals and veterans for an assessment and intensive job skills training program. The training is in a special mobile facility on-site, so trainees have exposure to a manufacturing environment.”

Since its inception in 1972, A.L.P. Lighting Components has grown from a small, family-owned manufacturing operation, to an international powerhouse, with state-of-the-art manufacturing and distribution operations and nearly 1,000 employees in nine locations. The plant in Olive Branch handles plastic extrusion and forming operations. Its primary products include plastic sheet and formed lenses in acrylic and polycarbonate.

“This is a wonderful opportunity that reinforces our commitment to develop our employees,” commented Jeff Benton, Senior Vice President at A.L.P. Lighting Components. “When an organization offers to train your employees, it’s an opportunity that is hard to refuse, especially when we depend on a highly-trained workforce. It enables us to reduce the amount of time it takes for an employee to become productive.”

DeSoto County Economic Development Council President/CEO Jim Flanagan also commented on the new program. “This is a critical time for workers in our country and in DeSoto County. It’s imperative that we do everything we can to help them find employment. We’re very pleased that we can utilize this special training here. In these challenging economic times, we salute the Governor’s office’s relentless support for economic development and their foresight in funding a program that makes an immediate, positive difference for both employers and employees. We look forward to seeing more companies take advantage of this unique opportunity.”

The Time Wise mobile training facility conducting RAMP training is currently located at the A.L.P. Lighting Components plant at 10630 Marina Drive in the Metro Industrial Park.

The unit will be available for media tours on Wednesday, December 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Program participants and instructors will be available for comment at this time.

A.L.P. Lighting Components, Inc., is a global leader in the manufacturing of lighting components, offering a diverse line of products for lighting OEMs and the aftermarket. From fluorescent to HID applications, A.L.P. offers the industry's most comprehensive line of plastic and metal parabolic louvers, baffles and reflectors, to a broad range of plastic lenses, extruded sheet products, wiring devices, vapor-proof enclosures and unwired fixture bodies. Brands include Steel Craft fluorescent housings, LexaLite precision injection molded refractors and reflectors, and Triboro wiring devices. With manufacturing plants in the U.S., Mexico, and Europe, and distribution centers strategically located throughout the U.S., Europe, Latin America and South America, A.L.P. remains the industry's foremost supplier of feature differentiated products processes and lighting innovations.

Three Rivers Planning & Development District, Inc. serves as the fiscal/administrative agent for The Mississippi Partnership, one of four workforce investment areas in the state of Mississippi designated to carry out the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA). The Mississippi Partnership workforce area covers 27 counties in north and northeast Mississippi and is governed by a 62-member board and 27 Chief Elected Officials. The Mississippi Partnership is responsible for establishing and maintaining a workforce system that provides the highest quality services while providing a skilled workforce.



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