Winchester Metals, a steel distribution, processing and fabrication facility, invested $140,000 in new equipment at its manufacturing operation in Frederick County, Virginia.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership will support Winchester Metal’s jobs retraining through its Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change to support employee training activities. Through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program, 29 existing employees will be retrained to operate new machinery.
As part of its expansion the company installed a Lincoln Automate 35HS Robotic Welding System that performs repetitive welding operations automatically.
“We are committed to continuing to grow our business in Virginia and having a partner like the VEDP and its programs available for support makes it even more possible,” said Josh Phelps, President of Winchester Metals. “VJIP allows us to offset some of the costs associated with training our great employees to accommodate capital investments like this machine into our operations. We are grateful for the opportunity to participate in this program.”
“Advanced manufacturing is booming, and a growing sector demands new technology, which is why the ability to retrain employees is critical. When companies like Winchester Metals reinvest in the Commonwealth, the Virginia Jobs Investment Program helps provide the necessary training so that hard-working Virginians can continue to work and learn new skills. We are confident that having the capacity to adapt to changing technology will help ensure the company’s future success in Frederick County and the Commonwealth,” Governor Terry McAuliffe said.
“Fabricated metal products manufacturing is the top sector for manufacturing firms in Virginia, with more than 700 companies on the roster. In an industry that is ever-changing and modernizing, worker retraining is an important tool, and key component of Virginia’s overall economic development platform, to keep jobs in the Commonwealth and secure Winchester Metals’ future longevity in Frederick County,” Secretary of Commerce and Trade Todd Haymore said.