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Missouri Enterprise: Succession Planning

Of the hundreds of Missouri manufacturers that participated in a third-party survey earlier this year, only less than half indicated they actively transfer employee knowledge to prepare for the loss of the aging workforce.  Finding and retaining workers with the right technical skills and work ethics is a consistent challenge. Missouri Enterprise, as the state’s premier provider of business optimization services, partners with educational institutions, workforce investment boards and state agencies and can help a company develop a plan that

  1. Attracts top talent at all levels of the organization;

  2. Continually trains your workforce;

  3. Partners with local government and/or educational institutions as appropriate;

  4. Reduces turnover; and

  5. Prepares your workforce to learn and adapt to new technology.

To help you get started, your Missouri Enterprise Area Business Manager will evaluate your company’s individual situation and present a no obligation proposal and cost quotation.

Here is just one Missouri manufacturer who utilized our workforce service….

Since 1907, the Sugar Creek Missouri Cement Plant, (formerly Missouri Portland, then Lafarge, and now Central Plains Cement Company) has provided Portland cement to customers in the Midwest.  The company operates two cement manufacturing plants and five cement terminals, with a combined production capacity of over 1.7 million tons of cement annually.  Central Plains Cement has always been dedicated to quality, constantly working towards cleaner and more sustainable operations. They pride themselves on their workforce as the “true living assets” of the company.

The company’s commitment to their people includes promoting from within, allowing employees to grow their skills and move up the ladder.  This model has proven a tremendous success, and as employees advance they are given additional training which includes developing their leadership skills.  After looking into various organizations that offer supervisor training, they found an array of “cookie cutter” programs that didn’t seem to fit their needs.  Missouri Enterprise stood out for its ability to customize their skills development programs to accommodate the specific skills, scheduling and timeline needs of Central Plains Cement.

“Missouri Enterprise simply put more effort into in than their competitors,” says Curt Roller, Production Manager at Central Plains Cement.  “Our needs don’t really fit the normal mold, and they made it custom for the site.  They came onsite, met our people and assessed who was responsible for what, then they tailored their skills development program to fit.”

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