John Crane Welcomes Governor Scott Walker to its Grafton, Wisconsin
CHICAGO -- March 20, 2014
John Crane today welcomed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to its Grafton
manufacturing facility as part of his Blueprint for Prosperity tour.
Management and employees provided Governor Walker an overview of the products
and services John Crane provides its global energy services customers. In
addition, the Governor hosted a town hall session with employees to discuss
plans to increase investment in workforce training that will help to support
placement of skilled employees at manufacturing companies like John Crane.
Duncan Gillis, President and CEO of John Crane, said: “It was a privilege for
our employees to host the Governor at our Grafton manufacturing facility. The
manufacturing industry is faced with a critical shortage of skilled machinists
and we actively support efforts to build the right training programs for
high-demand positions in our industry, which will help support the placement
of men and women into family-sustaining careers.”
“Wisconsin’s reputation for hard-working, motivated, employees is what allows
us to have long-standing relationships with global companies like John Crane,”
Governor Walker said. “With our additional investments in worker training that
I signed into law this week, we will ensure workers have the skills they need
to fill manufacturing positions available now and in the future.”
John Crane participates in initiatives to address the manufacturing industry’s
shortage of skilled workers. The company currently partners with Moraine Park
Technical College to help design training programs and curricula based on
specific skills needed for today’s manufacturing workforce. The company also
offers paid internships to students in the training program.
About John Crane
John Crane www.johncrane.com is a global leader in engineered technology,
supplying engineered products and services to energy services customers and
other major process industries. The company designs and manufactures a variety
of products including mechanical seals, couplings, bearings, and artificial
lift equipment. It is part of Smiths Group www.smiths.com, a global leader in
applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection,
energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths
Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.
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