A precision metal fabricator just across the border from Milton in south Forsyth is expanding by 30 jobs, according to the Georgia Quick Start program.
Metcam, which is located on Tidwell Circle, has a training partnership with Georgia Quick Start and Lanier Technical College in support of the job expansion in its advanced metalworking operation.
Quick Start will create and implement a training program for the new operation that focuses on quality and productivity enhancement such as Lean manufacturing and ISO principles, as well as leadership and collaboration skills.
Metcam employs approximately 200 people and is in the process of hiring more for this expansion, said Jennifer Koon of Michael McKenzie Communications, the company's public relations firm.
This is about a 15 percent expansion of the workforce, Koon said.
"Metcam is taking on new business and needs new people to work the line that fulfills these roles," she said.
This expansion agreement has been in the works for 10 days.
These are not white-collar positions, Koon said. The workers are involved in implementing and building fabricated metal, "people who are working on the line."
The courses arranged with Quick Start and Lanier Tech primarily have to do with Lean manufacturing principals. Metcam is an ISO 14001:2004 registered company, which relates to environmental systems. The company even vents hot air coming off a cooling unit for hydraulic system into the plant on winter days for free, supplemental heating. In warm months the hot air is vented away from the building to keep air conditioning costs down. It also meets ISO 9000 quality management standards.
The efforts are not just for Metcam, Koon said. The local company also makes sure it helps its clients meet these ISO requirements. So it makes sense that the training is going to include those things, she said.
"We're excited to work with Quick Start," she said.
Later this year the company probably will add on to its Tidwell Road facility. It will piggyback on to the new sewer system coming into the area.
“Metcam’s ability to produce the highest quality products, delivered on-time continues to generate new opportunities for growth,” said Bruce Hagenau, president of Metcam. “Finding and developing qualified employees is key to helping us make good on the new business agreements we’ve entered.”
"Helping existing Georgia companies grow and stay competitive is a big part of our mission at Quick Start,” said Jackie Rohosky, Technical College System of Georgia assistant commissioner of economic development programs and head of Quick Start.
The Quick Start training agreement is based on Metcam’s commitment to provide approximately 30 new jobs for Georgians in the Forsyth and North Fulton area. Quick Start will be designing and developing training material, as well as providing instructors, for the classes.
Lanier Technical College will be available to assist Metcam with ongoing training programs once this program ends.
Russell Vandiver, president of Lanier Technical College said, “Lanier Technical College is excited about the growth at Metcam and is pleased to partner with Quick Start on yet another expanding industry project.”
Metcam is a fabricator of precision sheet metal components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) representing a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, electronics and HVAC. For more information, visit www.metcam.com.