Lydall employees complete customized industry training program through SCC

Staff Report

November 22, 2013

DOBSON — Lydall, Inc. of Hamptonville recently recognized five of its employees for completing a 16-month Customized Industry Training Program developed in cooperation with Surry Community College.

The Fibers Foundational Basics Course included 384 hours of study through SCC. Graduates of the program are: Miles A. Driver of Hamptonville, Brandon Lyon of Mount Airy, Cody McCormick of Ronda, Jason Shumate of State Road and Johnnie Sizemore of Hamptonville.

Lydall, Inc. is a New York Stock Exchange listed company, headquartered in Manchester, Conn. The company, with operations in the U.S., France, the Netherlands and Germany and offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, manufactures specialty engineered products for the thermal/acoustical and filtration/separation markets.

“Our people are our strength and why we are successful at Lydall,” said Joe Abbruzzi, senior vice president and general manager of the Fibers Division, as he addressed the audience assembled at Lydall’s Hamptonville conference room Nov. 15. “Everyone can contribute; everyone has great ideas. The more we invest in our people, the more successful we will be in the future. We appreciate the support from Surry Community College’s Customized Industry Training Program in this effort.”

Scott Bathrick, director of Operations for Fibers Division at Lydall, commented that the training program already has helped the company’s productivity and maintenance plan. “The results are evident that the training is paying off,” Bathrick said.

The employees took classes in math, electrical systems, pneumatics, mechanical power transmission, lean factory simulation and motor controls along with Microsoft Office software and the soft skills of problem-solving, interpersonal communication, management principles, leadership and teamwork. They also received a Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. North Carolina State University offered a custom one-week nonwovens course/lab as a part of the program.

“These employees have done a fantastic job. They are leaders on the floor,” said Brandon Roberts, fibers process engineer at Lydall, who served as the program liaison.

Lydall selected its team leads and process control technicians from all three shifts at the Hamptonville operation to participate in the inaugural class. Timmy Zach of Boonville has begun the program and will complete it with the next class of students.

The graduates said that the program had given them the ability to solve problems as a team.

“We learned soft skills like how to engage with each other,” said Brandon Lyon. “We have established a culture change across all shifts because of this training. We have learned how to better work together.”

Myles Driver said, “We have learned terminology, so we can better talk to maintenance about what is happening with the machines. This coursework has helped us.”

Dr. David Shockley, president of SCC, and Sam Brim, director of Customized Industry Training Services for SCC, were guest speakers at the graduation recognition.

“We are very proud of what you have accomplished,” Shockley told the graduates. “You are a part of the Surry Community College family now.”

The goals of SCC’s Customized Industry Training Program are to develop long-term strategic partnerships with business/industry leaders, to assist small business startups and expansions and to place Surry students into local jobs.

“We want to continue to build strong partnerships with business and industry throughout Surry and Yadkin counties. We want business and industry to reach out to Surry Community College as a first option for training and development resources,” Brim said.

SCC offers support with comprehensive training plans, contingent office/meeting space, record keeping for training, advisory programs, and business support programs. For more information about SCC’s Customized Training Program, contact Sam Brim at 386-3684 or brims@surry.edu.