A new partnership between South Piedmont Community College and ConMet, a global manufacturer of commercial vehicle parts, will lead to new and existing employees to being trained in computer skills, leadership, continuous improvement, maintenance, safety, and robotics.
The partnership is the largest yet for South Piedmont’s newly formed Business Solutions division, which was created to work alongside area employers to design customized workforce training programs.
Members of the College and ConMet leadership teams gathered last Thursday to celebrate the training agreement.
“We are thrilled to enter into this new relationship with ConMet,” said South Piedmont President Dr. Maria Pharr. “Working together, we’ve identified ConMet’s training needs and developed a customized training program that will not only solve today’s challenges but also support the company’s long-term growth targets. We are proud to partner with ConMet on this investment in our local workforce.”
Established in 1964, ConMet is based in Vancouver, Washington, and has 13 manufacturing facilities, including two in Monroe, North Carolina. ConMet is one of the world’s leading producers of wheel hubs and a variety of plastic and aluminum casting components for the commercial vehicle industry. ConMet’s two Monroe facilities manufacture aluminum wheel ends for heavy-duty trucks and trailers.
By partnering with South Piedmont, ConMet was able to access state funding available through NCEdge, a service offered by the North Carolina Community College System, to completely cover the cost of the training.
“This agreement typifies the mission of Business Solutions,” said Chris Rivera, vice president of Business Solutions. “We invested the time to understand ConMet’s current and ongoing training challenges, we developed a solution tailored to their needs, and through state funding, we’re providing this training at no cost to ConMet.”
Another benefit of partnering with South Piedmont is that ConMet has a single point of contact for its training needs: Director of Corporate Education & Training, Latoya Billings.
“I’ll be working alongside ConMet throughout this training program, ensuring it exceeds their expectations at every step of the way. Whatever they might need as we work together, South Piedmont is just one phone call away,” Billings said.
“Our team is delighted to start this new chapter in our story with the outstanding support and partnership of South Piedmont Community College. We look forward to all the growth and development this training will bring to our team members and our business,” stated Jim Keaney, director of operations for the ConMet Monroe facilities.
Formed in 2022, South Piedmont’s Business Solutions division offers customized training, apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities, and includes the South Piedmont Community College Small Business Center.
ConMet, a division of Amsted Industries, is a leading global supplier of wheel hubs, aluminum castings, and structural plastics to original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket channels in the commercial vehicle industry. Founded in 1964, ConMet innovation has been critical in designing, engineering, and manufacturing revolutionary technologies for trucks and trailers. Today, ConMet products are standard equipment on most heavy-duty vehicles in North America and have a growing footprint worldwide.
ConMet is committed to creating products and services that align with critical customer needs. The development of more efficient products, processes, and technology that transform the way customers run and maintain their vehicles is central to ConMet’s vision.