One of the ways Stiles is putting this belief into action is through their support of the Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab's National Training Center located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which will be celebrating their grand opening on October 5th, 2017.
The Manufacturing Industry Learning Lab (MiLL) is a program dedicated to empowering the next generation of manufacturing professionals through advanced training courses in lean manufacturing. In support of these efforts, Stiles Machinery has contributed multiple state-of-the-art woodworking machines that will be used in conjunction with the MiLL’s hands-on training approach designed to provide students with a unique educational experience in modern-day manufacturing.
Dean Mattson, founder, and CEO of the MiLL believes that programs like this are crucial to the future of the manufacturing industry. “Everywhere I’ve traveled throughout the country, industry partners tell me about their concerns regarding how they’re going to fill all the empty positions left by the retiring generation of baby boomers. The industry needs a pool of trained workers. That’s why we started the MiLL,” says Mattson.
The MiLL is the first national training center of its kind designed to educate future leaders and talents in the manufacturing industry. Along with its special focus in woods manufacturing, the MiLL will also provide specialized learning labs in the areas of construction and cabinet finishing.
For more information about the MiLL, please visit https://themillco.org/