Kolberg-Pioneer awarded grant to recruit, train welders

Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI), a premier worldwide manufacturer of heavy equipment for the aggregate and recycle markets, was recently chosen to receive a $12,850 Workforce Development Grant from the American Welding Society (AWS) Foundation.

The grant, which partners Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., with the Regional Technical Education Center (RTEC), is designed to help the two companies work together to recruit and select 10 individuals to participate in a special business-industry training partnership over the course of the next year.

The end goal is for the individuals to successfully complete training, become AWS certified, and to ultimately become employed at Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc.

Mark Luchtel, manufacturing manager at Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., said an increase in equipment sales has led to a need for more welding professionals.

�We have seen a steady increase in business activity during the past year, as have other area manufacturers,� Luchtel said. �This has resulted in a shortage of skilled welders in the Yankton area. This AWS grant is a great opportunity for KPI-JCI to work with RTEC in recruiting promising individuals and training them to become welding professionals.�

Those interested in learning more about possible funding from the AWS grant are encouraged to contact Rhonda Kocer, human resources manager at Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. at 605-668-2518.

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