In January, the Fort Worth Chamber's Manufacturing Group gathered for a pivotal meeting focused on a subject critical to the industry's future: Talent/Workforce. The session provided insights into practical solutions, spearheaded by those at the forefront of innovation in workforce development. 

Leading the conversation was Steve Stewart, the Director of People and Culture at Morton Industries. With a keen understanding that the backbone of any successful business is its people, Steve shared Morton Industries' blueprint for nurturing and expanding their talent pool. Morton Industries, with two thriving locations in Texas and its headquarters in Illinois, has set a benchmark for talent management. 

Steve highlighted a suite of innovative recruiting tools that Morton Industries employs to attract and retain top talent: 

  • Employee Referral Program: Leveraging the trust and networks of their current workforce to discover new talent. 
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  • Weld Training Center: Offering hands-on training to skill-up potential employees. 
  • Career Cookouts and Family Fun Days at their plant: Creating a sense of community and belonging. 
  • Internal Promotions: Recognizing talent from within the organization with opportunities for career progression.  

Further strengthening its workforce strategy, Morton Industries has forged dynamic partnerships with local high schools and colleges through various initiatives: 

  • Work-based Learning Program: Offering students real-world experience and a glimpse into the manufacturing sector. 
  • Plant Tours and Career Fairs: These initiatives invite curiosity and open the doors to potential career paths in manufacturing. 
  • Classroom Visits: Direct engagement with students to inspire and inform them about the vast opportunities in manufacturing careers. 

A notable highlight was the company's involvement with the Skills USA Registered Apprenticeship Program, a testament to their dedication to fostering skilled labor. The recent announcement from the foundation that runs the program about its expansion to Texas in January is an exciting development, promising to bring more opportunities for training and growth within the state. 

As we navigate the evolving landscape of talent and workforce development, the Fort Worth Chamber remains steadfast in its support of initiatives that not only bolster our mission but also pave the way for a thriving, prosperous Fort Worth for everyone. Stay tuned for further updates on FWC’s efforts in talent and workforce development and business advocacy.  

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