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Large grant to benefit Cryovac, Vernon College

Aaron Demerson, director of employer initiative at Texas Workforce Commission announced a fund grant between Cryovac Sealed Air and Vernon College, Monday afternoon at Vernon College’s Skills Training Center.

The $510,896 grant is for training 578 Cryovac employees, current and new.

Courses will include business technical such as: mechanical drives and transmissions (precision alignment), extrusion line process, films line process, press line process, laminating line process, bag making process, and warehouse operation.

General Technical courses such as: Emergency Medical Responder Certification Training.

Also, accounting/balance sheet such as: facility safety, computer programs Microsoft Excel-advanced, basic, intermediate, and PowerPoint.

In addition, reliability centered maintenance, project management,, planning centered maintenance, and Total Quality Management, and Business English/Workplace Communication, presentation skills, and technical customer service

Cryovac plant manager Fred Schrock said the grant will help them train employees from maintenance and technical fields to advanced office skills and medical training.

He spoke of one of the best ways to train employees about safety is through video training. He explained that skilled employees would be filmed while performing a job and new employees can watch and emulate best practices in the field.

Cryovac Inc. provides high wage, high skill manufacturing jobs in North Texas by supporting skills upgrades of their workforce.

The jobs pay over $21 an hour.

As future goals revolve around sustainability, training opportunities will be able to provide a stable, more efficient and skilled workforce that can strongly compete against global competition.

Management feels strongly that efficiencies are vital in the following areas:

- A more lean and efficient work environment in order to lower costs;

- Increased skills of the maintenance department (including upgraded jobs by cross training);

- Utilization of the experienced workforce to provide consistency in training processes for the upgrading of jobs; and

- Consistent safety awareness to continue the current success of the company in regards to safety,

Cryovac added approximately 50 jobs this year and plans to add 30 to 40 next year.

Vernon College President Dusty Johnson said he is proud for the opportunity to shine a light and the value Vernon College brings to the area.

Cryovac Inc., is a mulitnational business that now supports 25,000 employees over the span of 175 countries.

Cryovac Inc. has five divisions: food packaging, shrink packaging, protective packaging, specialty materials and medical products that reach eighty percent of the worlds’ population.

The Iowa Park plant was established in 1974 with 550,000 square feet of manufacturing space for the food packing division.

The company presently employs 743 people and is considered one of the “top 13” manufacturers for the Wichita County region as reported by TWC’s County Narrative Profile.

Iowa Park City Manager Jerry Flemming and Mayor Pro Tem Sherrie Williams represented the City of Iowa Park at the event.