FlexTrades recently assigned one of our skilled Tool/Mold Repair Technicians, Kelly, to assist a steel processing client. At the beginning of the assignment, the client was facing a significant issue with a 39% downtime in their production due to mold repair inefficiencies. Over a span of 4 months, Kelly made remarkable progress by reducing this downtime to 19%. During the remainder of his 8-month tenure, Kelly continued to make impressive improvements, ultimately achieving a remarkable reduction in downtime to just 13%. This substantial enhancement in productivity can be attributed to Kelly’s multi-faceted abilities, including efficient mold repair, as well as his capacity to train and oversee eight less-experienced mold technicians within the client’s workforce.
Our client faced a significant backlog due to a shortage of local talent, and that’s where FlexTrades came to the rescue. Within just three weeks, we deployed a team of skilled Assemblers, Welders, Fabricators, and Maintenance Technicians. The client’s management was not only satisfied but thrilled with our ability to swiftly provide them with the workforce they needed.
Our dedicated technicians went above and beyond, working diligently every weekend for months. Their tireless efforts paid off, as the backlog that had been causing concerns was completely cleared within just two months. This success story is a testament to our commitment to delivering exceptional solutions for our clients.
It’s no surprise that this client has now become one of our most substantial partners, consistently utilizing our talented workforce across multiple worksites nationwide.
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The surge in demand and the implementation of a new system prompted the need for FlexTrades’ skilled workforce.
One of our clients in the plastic manufacturing sector, serving the food and packaging industry, was grappling with delayed shipments. This was primarily due to the introduction of a new warehouse management system at all their facilities nationwide. Their in-house staff couldn’t keep up with the increased workload, causing difficulties in meeting delivery deadlines. In response, we swiftly dispatched over 60 FlexTrades forklift and material handlers to several of their facilities across the country. Our adept technicians seamlessly integrated into the workflow, surpassing our client’s expectations by achieving warehouse goals more efficiently than anticipated. Notably, our technicians demonstrated flexibility by relocating to different facilities as the need arose, even if it required traveling to another state.
The positive outcome led to ongoing collaboration, with our client consistently redeploying our technicians. To date, we’ve deployed over 200 technicians to 15 of their sites nationwide, effectively addressing production gaps.
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One of our clients in the Plastic Packaging industry faced a substantial surge in demand, causing a significant backlog in their production. To address this challenge swiftly, we mobilized a skilled workforce consisting of technicians, a forklift operator, hot press operator, machine operator, maintenance technician, manufacturing technician, and packer.
These adept technicians played a pivotal role in rapidly enhancing our client’s production capacity. As a result of our successful intervention, we extended our support to multiple client locations across the United States, further reinforcing our commitment to boosting productivity and meeting their evolving needs.
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FlexTrades collaborated with a manufacturer specializing in medical disposables used extensively in hospitals, encompassing a range of products such as IV kits, tubing, connectors, valves, and pumps. Our client faced a unique set of challenges, including a surge in demand driven by the pandemic, the retirement of highly skilled employees, and a localized talent scarcity resulting from economic uncertainty.
Operating within the confines of stringent FDA regulations, our client adhered to a comprehensive set of high-level injection molding practices, which included various aspects of RJG (RJG scientific molding, systematic molding, master molding, eDART). In a true partnership, FlexTrades stepped in, providing invaluable support with a team comprising 2 Mold Process Engineers, 1 Extrusion Engineer, 2 Mold Makers, and 1 Mold Process and Setup Technician. Remarkably, considering the scarcity of these specialized skills in the market, our client agreed to forgo the prerequisite for technicians and engineers to possess prior experience with RJG concepts.
As a consequence of this collaboration (in a particularly challenging market environment), FlexTrades efficiently addressed our client’s staffing requirements, deploying highly skilled technicians within a remarkable timeframe of 27 days. Subsequent feedback from our client regarding the technicians was overwhelmingly positive, with comments such as, “It was a pleasure having them here. They were exceptional collaborators who possessed deep knowledge of injection molding. Their presence will be sincerely missed.”
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Deploying Niche Skillsets
Our client was located in the land of Oil & Gas. Their remote location combined with a lot of competition in the market, made it extremely difficult for their team to find highly skilled Plastics Process Technicians. Their HR team had been searching for two process technicians for over a year before coming to FlexTrades for support. Within weeks, we were able to provide them with several skilled Technician from our bench who fit the skillsets and experience they were seeking. Our technicians will be supporting them for 6+ months to give the internal hiring team the space and time to find the right permanent solution in their area. The VP of Operations at the facility recently shared that our Technicians are “setting the bar for performance in this position”.
Providing the Talent Needed for Production Success
We have been partnering with this facility for the past four years by deploying our food experienced Machine Operators, Material Handlers and Sanitation Technicians to their site located in a rural area where finding workers with these skill sets is challenging. Our client shared that they would not have been able to consistently meet production goals without the support of FlexTrades’ Technicians.
Project Completed Ahead of Schedule with FlexTrades Tenured Technicians
We recently deployed 10 of our Welders to an energy manufacturing facility to address a backlog caused by an increase in demand for their product and not enough skilled workers locally to address that demand. This client found that FlexTrades’ Technicians ramped up quickly and actually ended up outperforming the welds of their full-time workforce. FlexTrades’ Technicians were so productive that they extended the project beyond the original plans, allowing them to not only catch up on backlog, but also to build inventory.
High Levels of Productivity, Project Completed Ahead of Schedule
One of our Power Generation Production clients, won a major contract that required them to assemble and install 10 generators for a new 150,000 square foot data center. They needed to meet 2 separate delivery deadlines in their contract with their customer, or they would face significant financial repercussions. To meet their deadlines, they deployed 7 of our highly skilled Maintenance Technicians and Assemblers. Our technicians came in at such high levels of productivity that they were able to meet their customer deadlines, and was able to phase them out 6 weeks earlier than planned due to work being completed ahead of schedule.
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Unique and Highly Skilled Quality Technicians Deliver Value
One of our clients, had been working with a different third party labor solution. They were not getting the skill level they were paying for from that competitor and were hesitant to give another company a try. This facility decided to partner with us, and we deployed 3 of our CNC Machinists and 1 of our Quality Inspectors. Upon arrival our client was instantly impressed with both the skill set and professionalism of our Technicians. Within a few weeks our Technicians were so productive compared to the other employees at their site, that our client decided to replace those employees with FlexTrades Technicians until they were caught up on production.
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