Do you have any plans for future growth
We grow every year. It’s probably the best-kept
The largest recent expansion that we did was three years
ago, which was called the MultiAir and UniAir expansion.
It was a joint venture with Fiat designed to build a fuel
management system for its automobiles. When Chrysler
bought Fiat out, we then partnered with Chrysler. That
partnership represented a $70 million investment and
added 425 new jobs over a two-year period.
How has readySC’s training and recruitment
program helped Schaeffler’s growth?
We’ve used readySC periodically throughout the
years with pre-employment training classes. They were
our partner during the MultiAir and UniAir expansion
and conducted all the training for us. Most classes
consisted of about 30 to 40 people a session. For one
whole year, we ran four-week sessions one after the
other, essentially adding more groups every four weeks.
We tailored the readySC training to our processes, which
included our mechanical drawings, work orders, shop
orders, products and the required soft-skills. We also
worked closely with Northeastern Technical College
(NETC) and their machining center. Students were asked
to do simple machining work, so we could identify
those with the potential to be good machinists, those
that were best suited as good inspectors, and those that
could do other necessary jobs. We tied it all together as
a whole package.
I think over the years we’ve probably done 15 to 20
projects with readySC on different-sized scales. We’re
in the process of doing another expansion project at the
first of the year. In our current plant, we’re putting in a
brand-new product line that will come in from Germany.
We’ll pick it up, move it here, and that will add 150 to
160 new jobs. That expansion is expected to be about a
$40 million project.
How happy have you been with the long-term
results of the readySC classes?
The retention has been great, and turnover has
been very minimal, which is good. readySC worked
closely with their partners like SC Department of
Employment and Workforce to advertise the positions,
receive applications, pre-screen applicants, set up
interviews for us and handle other logistics around
recruiting. Schaeffler conducted the final screening with
the applicants to identify candidates for the readySC
training. It was a team effort. At the end of the pre-
“We grow every year.
It’s probably the best-kept
— PHIL HOMAN, HUMAN RESOURCES
MANAGER AT SCHAEFFLER GROUP, USA INC.