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make a signifi cant investment of $ 13 million for a dedicated facility that would produce components exclusively for the AGT1500 gas turbine. " We leased a 76,000- square- foot facility in Waterville and immediately initiated $ 700,000 worth of leasehold improvements to reconfi gure the facility," explains Dorval. " We invested another $ 12.3 million in new CNC equipment and ultimately brought the facility online within six months." The success of this project was highly dependent on the company being able to recruit, train and utilize people with a different skill level than it was accustomed to working with. This new workforce would consist of entry- level people trained to function at the operator level in a production environment. This differed from the highly skilled machinists at the Winslow facility, who are capable of performing their own setups and completing one- off types of production. " Highly skilled machinists capable of working in a custom manufacturing environment are hard to come by, and for the 37 years I've been here, we've essentially found or developed them one at a time," Dorval says. Kennebec Valley Community College was instrumental in developing the required workforce to support the new production operation. Mid- State's manufacturing and engineering personnel collaborated with the college's educators in developing a nine- week program funded through the governor's training initiative. " We started about 45 people through this program and ultimately graduated 33 people who subsequently became the production crew for our new facility," Dorval explains. The company outfi tted the Waterville facility with 65 new employees, including 35 production workers to support the new defense project. " When developing the specifi cations for CNC machines slated for our new facility, we focused on acquiring the latest in machine- tool technologies, such as adaptive controls, laser tool probes, part probes and tool- life monitoring that ultimately reduced the need for highly skilled workers," explains Dorval. " This was something new for us, and our success with this latest endeavor was highly dependent on this business model working for us. We recognized there was a bit of risk involved but were convinced we had a team capable of supporting the mission." In fact, the graduates of this initial training A member of the Precision Partners family of companies with headquarters in Mattawan, New Jersey, Mid- State Machine Products is a company in sync with its community and with the world market. When Mid- State Machine Products began growing into the more complex, higher- value markets, its primary challenge was to expand its value- added workforce with highly skilled people who were not readily available. " We had to do some very creative thinking to develop and expand the skilled workforce with the requisite education and abilities to support the demands of the various markets in which we participate," says Alan Dorval, CEO. MSM's custom manufacturing is located in a 92,000- square- foot facility in Winslow, Maine. Additionally, the company has a 76,000- square- foot facility about fi ve miles away in Waterville that operates as a production manufacturing entity. MSM employs a total of 210 people between the two locations. Flash back to 1968, when the company was founded as a subcontract machine shop utilizing conventional machines to support repair/ rebuild requirements in the paper mill industry. In the late 1970s, Mid- State made its initial investment in state- of- the- art CNC machine tools, setting the stage for its expansion into a new 45,000- square-foot facility in 1979. " Over the next several years, we transitioned from being a repair and rework facility to a highly capable custom manufacturer supporting a host of both commercial and defense- related industries," Dorval says. In particular, the company in the mid- 1980s was heavily involved in producing components for the AGT1500 gas turbine that powers the Abrams M1 Main Battle Tank. This opportunity necessitated the creative thinking that helped the company develop and maintain a highly skilled workforce over the coming years. Fast- forward to 2006. MSM was awarded a large defense- related contract that would once again require production of multiple components for the AGT1500 gas turbine, similar to work it had previously done in the mid- 1980s. The company began working closely with the state's community college system, seeking its assistance in developing the required skilled workforce to support the new contract production requirements. Mid- State would also need to Mid- State Machine Products August 09 www. bus- ex. com 191