NORTH CANTON, Ohio—One of the big challenges facing the rubber industry is the need to find young, qualified employees.
Quadra Tooling and Automation may have found a solution.
The subsidiary of Q Holding Co. has partnered with the R.G. Drage Career Center's Precision Machining program to give qualified juniors and seniors a chance to shadow, and possibly work, at the firm.
Quadra started the program in 2015, bringing in four juniors on a two-day job shadowing experience. The firm selected Tyler Zerbe and Dylan Martin to work with the firm over the summer, and the pair now are working about 20 hours per week as part of their senior year courses.
Quadra General Manager Joe Flach is pleased with the results.
“We've hired people from the outside, and even those with experience sometime have habits from places they've worked previously that don't lend themselves to what we do here,” he said. “Our tight tolerance requires special attention. With the new young people, we teach them the special attention they need. They don't have any bad prior habits.
“It seems that you can train a young person a little bit easier than trying to change somebody's habits when they've been doing it a certain way for a long time. These guys have taken to it. They've shown a lot of promise, and I have high hopes we're going to keep them and keep moving forward with the program.”
Quadra does all the mold making and tooling for Q Holding's other subsidiaries—QSR and Qure Medical. The firm operates with about 42 employees at two locations—about 30 in North Canton and 12 in Sturtevant, Wis.
The firm recently added a five-axis machine to its Wisconsin facility. Flach said the North Canton facility has added six new CNC milling machines and a wire EDM machine during the last two years.