Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, presented ABCO Automation’s President Brad Kemmerer with Governor Pat McCrory’s Proclamation for North Carolina Manufacturing Week, in recognition of the company’s leadership and innovative workforce methods. ABCO Automation was selected to host Commerce Sec. Skvarla’s press conference as recognition of our business performance and our support of the Guilford Apprenticeship Partners.
ABCO is a founding member of Guilford Apprenticeship Partners (GAP), a program developed to train students for an occupation by receiving a combination of classroom instruction and on-the-job training, working for manufacturers in Guilford, Randolph and Rockingham counties. GAP unites public schools, community colleges, NC Commerce’s Workforce Solutions, and local manufacturers to help students work toward a tuition-free Associates degree in industrial manufacturing and a Journeyman certificate. Upon completing the program, the apprentices are hired permanently by participating manufacturers.
“One of the things that goes with growing very fast as a company is finding people to employ, people with the right skills and abilities to help us support that growth. We are concerned about finding those people, so we’re very much engaged in workforce development. That work, when done properly, is about a partnership between industry, education, and government. We’re very pleased to be a part of GAP.” Said Brad Kemmerer, president of ABCO Automation.
Further expounding on the importance of GAP to local manufacturers and the role that ABCO Automation plays, Commerce Sec. Skvarla said, “This company is the essence of North Carolina. This is Manufacturing Week and what better company to recognize than an organization that has 130 employees that started in a garage with one [employee] in 1977. That’s what North Carolina is all about.” He went on to say, “Not only do they have 130 employees, they have two apprentices here that we have to give some great recognition to, because the fact that the organization has understood, helped, and supported the apprenticeship program is one of the reasons that North Carolina is experiencing this remarkable growth.”
For more information about GAP, please visit gapnc.org.
Founded in 1977, ABCO Automation, Inc. designs, builds and supports high-end factory automation systems for manufacturers worldwide to improve the efficiencies and quality of our client’s operations. ABCO Automation is located in Greensboro, NC. For more information, visit goabco.com.