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Posted on: June 24, 2011

Osborne Industries receives Kansas Industrial Retraining funds

The Kansas Department of Commerce announced today that Osborne Industries Inc. of Osborne has received $8,465 in Kansas Industrial Retraining (KIR) funds to provide employee training on two new technology systems the company is implementing this year.

The two new software systems are Labor-Trak and Workbench. Labor-Trak is a system that allows for near real-time collection of job transaction data and inventory tracking. Much of this data is currently collected by the company manually. Workbench is a system that will allow users to define real-time performance metrics and analyze custom data.

Ninety-three employees will receive training from outside consultants in an on-the-job instruction format. In addition to the funding provided by the Department, Osborne will provide matching funds of $8,476 for a total value of $16,951.

“The Kansas Industrial Retaining funds will allow us to provide training to our valuable employees that will assist them in their productivity and efficiency,” said George Eakin, vice-president of operations for Osborne Industries. “This training will also ensure that our labor force remains current in the use of manufacturing software tools.”

Founded in 1973, Osborne Industries designs and manufactures innovative equipment for the management of swine operations. Osborne’s products include systems in support of animal genetics, market sorting, temperature-controlled heating pads and big wheel feeders. The company is recognized in the industry for its design capabilities and creative use of engineered plastics. Osborne was named the Governor’s Exporter of the Year in 2010, one of the state’s two top business awards, by the Department and the Kansas Cavalry, a business group.

Osborne began exporting in 1979, and today, the company’s products can be found in 39 countries. Exports account for 24 percent of total company sales and have grown 73 percent in the past three years, including a 37 percent increase from 2008-09. The company maintains offices in the United Kingdom and China and operates a 24-hour hotline in support of excellent customer service.

The KIR program is a job retention tool that helps employees of restructuring companies who are likely to be displaced because of obsolete or inadequate job skills and knowledge. Eligible industries include basic enterprises that are restructuring operations through incorporation of new technology, diversification of production or the development and implementation of new production activities. At least one current employee must be trained to qualify for assistance.

“We are pleased to partner with Osborne Industries to provide training funds,” said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. “It’s important that companies like Osborne can quickly seize upon opportunities to expand their services or meet changing business conditions. Kansas Industrial Retraining funds allow companies to retain current workers.”

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