Governor visits for update on Winston Plywood

From press and staff reports

Governor Phil Bryant recently visited the future site of the world-class plywood facility Winston Plywood in Louisville on Sept. 25.

Gov. Bryant along with several of his counterparts including Joey Hood of District 35 and Senator Giles Ward of District 18, were updated on the project and the 150 jobs it will bring when the doors open on the facility in 2016.

Winston Plywood Vice President of Human Resources and Community Relations David Morel and Controller David Jarnigan talked with Gov. Bryant, Hood and Ward about the facility and the future plans for the project along with the effects the project would have on the county, area and state as a whole.

Courtesy photo/ David Jarnigan Morel greets the Governor.

Courtesy photo/ David Jarnigan
Morel greets the Governor.

Work that is currently being done at the facility includes the continued refurbishing of the existing veneer dryers and installing green-end equipment for the west lathe line. Other items that are being worked on include the foundation, the building, installation of sprinkler systems, electrical, and paving.

Morel also informed governor and others in attendance of the facilities outstanding safety record during this construction period, with no accidents being reported at the time of this publication. He also expressed his excitement as the facility nears completion and over $50 million dollars worth of equipment for the facility is planned to be setup and ready for those future employees.

Gov. Bryant expressed to the management of the facility his excitement for another industry being in the state, as well as stating that the corporation will have plenty of opportunities to work with industries in the timber and other resources along with furniture and home builders.

While Winston County should see the greatest effects from the facility, the facility will have an effect across at least 33 counties where it purchases trees and other resources. This facility should affect the entire state economy as trucks of logs come in and plywood and other products are shipped out across the state, country and world.

Winston Plywood hiring process
With the building going up, Winston Plywood has advertised for some key positions with account manager, maintenance techs and accounts payable roles to be filled.

Morel gives the governor and Rep. Joey Hood an update on the facility while it rains.

Morel gives the governor and Rep. Joey Hood an update on the facility while it rains.

For the other upcoming positions, Winston Plywood & Veneer in conjunction with East Central Community College presents the Employment Qualification Training Process. This process will allow interested parties the steps to become employed at Winston Plywood & Veneer upon its completion.

To become a qualified applicant for Winston Plywood & Veneer, the first step is to apply at the Louisville WIN Job Center located at 600 North Court Avenue. Once this step is completed, applicants will be directed to ECCC’s Louisville Career Advancement Center, where they will be offered WorkKeys assessments, which identifies what skill levels applicants already have, matches their skill levels to specific job requirements, and proves they have the skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Another assessment that is offered is the Silver CRC (Career Readiness Certificate). Even if you have a high school diploma (or GED) or a post-secondary degree, the CRC further verifies that you can handle the kinds of tasks that are common in today’s workplace, such as finding information, reading instructions and directions, even working with figures.

Individuals can earn four levels of Career Readiness Certificates based on their test performance in Applied Mathematics, Locating Information, and Reading for Information. Those levels are Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To become a qualified applicant, one must achieve the Silver CRC to continue the process. If the Silver CRC is not achieved, Basic Skills refresher courses will be available prior to retesting.

Once an applicant has passed all the tests necessary to proceed, Manufacturing Skills Basics training is completed. Some jobs at the plant may require additional training and certifications.

East Central Community College, the Workforce Development Center and the Louisville Career center would like all applicants to know that they do not guarantee employment with any manufacturer after completion of training. They provide training to enhance your qualifications to perform the work required in manufacturing settings. The ultimate decision on whether you are hired by Winston Plywood & Veneer or any other manufacturer is at the sole discretion of the employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard for race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital status, or qualified disability.

For more information on training, contact the Louisville Career Advancement Center at 662-773-2292. You may also contact them using the following email addresses: hdward@eccc.edu orcwoodruff@eccc.edu.