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Hydrodec North America, LLC is a one-of-a kind oil reprocessing facility. With a capacity of 8 million gallons per year, the plant recycles spent transformer oil and converts it into new transformer oil which can be used and reused by utilities across the country with virtually zero emissions. OhioMeansJobs was part of the team of local, state and federal officials that worked together to bring this company to Canton. It was the company’s first location in North America. Then and now, Hydrodec utilizes OhioMeansJobs job screening services for all their job orders. The company also uses JobFit™, an online assessment tool designed to help employers hire and retain employees. Prior to opening the plant Hydrodec used OhioMeansJobs facility to interview potential employees, and then upon hiring, conducted employee orientations there as well. Five of the employees recruited for the company were dislocated workers. Because of the close connection and partnership between Hydrodec and OhioMeansJobs, these employees began working at Hydrodec on the Monday following their layoffs with no gap in employment. It was a seamless transition to new employment. OhioMeansJobs has had 14 job orders and 15 placements with an average wage of $56,000 per year. In addition to job recruitment and screening, OhioMeansJobswas able to assist the company with creating an employee handbook and providing them with wage and benefit information. As they began their business in Canton, OhioMeansJobs was helpful in getting them off to a successful start with a qualified workforce.

Allied Machine and Engineering Corp. of Dover, Ohio is the leading manufacturer of precision drilling systems, providing metal cutting solutions. To date, they have placed 30 job orders and hired over 30 employees through our Business Services Unit. Allied has completed 13 internship contracts with our Third Frontier Internship Program receiving $37,764 in reimbursement. Many of these college interns became full-time Allied employees upon completion of their internship program. Three additional internships were completed through a federal economic development grant. Allied also received nearly $36,000 in incumbent worker training funds to upgrade the skills of 25 current employees. Between the Third Frontier Internship and Incumbent Worker Training programs the company received a cost savings of over $73,000. OhioMeansJobs has completed and continues to develop numerous on-the-job training contracts with the company, a program where the employer is reimbursed up to 50% of the wages paid to an employee during the training period. Through a partnership with OhioMeansJobs, Allied has consistently utilized JobFit™, an online assessment tool designed to help employers hire and retain employees. “JobFit™ serves as the first part of our hiring process, allowing us to identify people with behavior and thinking styles similar to those employees who have had success in our company,” states Bob Beamer, Human Resource Coordinator for Allied.

Marathon Petroleum Company’s Canton, Ohio refinery hired a class of 14 operators. According to Josh Horstman, Human Resource Consultant for the company, this class marked the first time the refinery utilized their on-line application resulting in over 1,000 applicants. Throughout this process OhioMeansJobs helped candidates apply who either did not have access to the Internet at home, or who were not comfortable with the process. “Though this was a major undertaking for our refinery, everything went smoothly due to the help of OhioMeansJobs and their recruiters,” said Horstman. “OhioMeansJobs was very responsive to our needs and requests. We also were able to utilize Project Hire for one of our new employees which helped to cover some of the costs to train this individual. We are very happy with our new employees, and look forward to working with OhioMeansJobs for our next class,” added Horstman. Marathon Petroleum Company is a fully owned American subsidiary of Marathon Oil Corporation. It engages in refining, marketing and supplying gasoline and distillates to resellers and consumers.

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