NN, Inc.’s PEP Group Partners with Advanced Manufacturing Center to Train Next Generation of Tool and Die Makers

Successful Apprenticeship Program Fills Crucial Manufacturing Positions in Growing Fields

Bridgeport, CT —November 30, 2016— The Precision Engineered Products (PEP) Group of NN, Inc., a world-class manufacturing partner trusted by leading medical and surgical device OEMs as a single-source supplier for finished assemblies, sub-assemblies and precision components, partners with The Southwestern Connecticut Advanced Manufacturing Center at Housatonic Community College to train and recruit its next regeneration of tool and die makers to fill vital roles at its Bridgeport manufacturing facility, a leader in medical devices and assemblies. NN’s PEP Group has provided internships to students from Housatonic’s Tool and Die Maker Apprenticeship Program and, to date, program graduates have had a 100 percent job placement rate.

The manufacturing industry in America is thriving. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and two million are expected to go unfilled due to a lack of workers with the right skillset. NN’s PEP Group recognized this need for highly skilled manufacturing experts who can work under strict facility and government regulations and partnered with the Advanced Manufacturing Center for the apprenticeship program to help close the skills gap. Through this program, the company is cultivating the next generation of medical, transportation and specialty products manufacturing experts.

“Unlike other industries where career opportunities have declined, the manufacturing industry continues to thrive. As manufacturing workers retire, we must find a way to fill positions with qualified workers who have experience-based learning and craftsmanship abilities, and that’s exactly what this apprenticeship program allows us to do,” said Kenneth Lisk, general manager of NN, PEP’s Bridgeport facility.

“We understand that manufacturing is vital for the economy and wanted to create a program that would allow students to graduate into a prospering field,” said Randy Fescoe, human resources manager. “Our apprenticeship program is successfully doing that and placing graduates in careers with promising futures.”

The Advanced Manufacturing: Machine Technology Certificate is designed to provide students with advanced manufacturing skills to seek employment in machine technology and CNC manufacturing environments. Students develop advanced manufacturing skills in mathematics, blueprint reading II, principles of quality control, lathe II, milling II, and CNC II, and spend approximately half their time in classroom activities and half in hands-on activities in the Advanced Manufacturing Center. For more about the program, please visit http://www.housatonic.edu/MFG/level2.asp.

About The Precision Engineered Products (PEP) Group of NN, Inc.

The Precision Engineered Products (PEP) Group of NN, Inc., is a world-class manufacturing partner trusted by leading medical and surgical device OEMs as a single-source supplier for finished assemblies, sub-assemblies and precision components.  NN’s PEP Group brings innovation and quality to design, tooling and prototyping, development and assembly of complex medical device components, single-use disposables, surgical and drug delivery devices and instruments, orthopedic and spinal instruments, and implants. With ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and TS 16949 certified facilities, the company has locations throughout the U.S. and meets most ASTM and MIL standards, is FDA 21 CFR Part 820 Compliant and maintains approval for CE marking.

NN, Inc. is a diversified industrial company which combines advanced engineering and production capabilities with in-depth materials science expertise to design and manufacture high-precision components and assemblies for a variety of markets on a global basis. The company has 40 manufacturing facilities worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nninc.com.

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