EMC Launches Peer-to-Peer Food Sector Consortium and Online Network for Food & Beverage Manufacturers & Processors. Initiative Provides Terrific ROI: Significant $$ Rebates on New-Hire Interns and In-House Lean & Continuous Improvement Training, Coaching and Implementation
Ontario's Ministry Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs(OMAFRA) and Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC) arehelping Food Sector Manufacturers and Processors across Ontario toenhance their global competitiveness, protect jobs and engageleading-edge professional peer-to-peer knowledge networks, throughadvanced manufacturing training, next generation Web 2.0 networksand labour-pool building initiatives designed specifically for thisimportant sector.
EMC's ‘Food Sector Manufacturing Network' Initiativeprovides peer-to-peer consortium resources, best practices andcompetitiveness strategies for Ontario's food sector manufacturersand processors.
Announced today by EMC President & GM Al Diggins and OMAFRA Parliamentary Asssistant Lou Rinaldi, this initiative is a 3-year, $4.09million EMC project, this initiative is open to ALL SMALL-TOWN& RURAL ONTARIO Food Sector organizations - including food andbeverage processors and all related food sector supply chainmanufacturers.
The province is providing $1,939,600 towards the Excellence inManufacturing Consortium's Food Sector Manufacturing Networkproject, which will help increase the sector's globalcompetitiveness through peer-to-peer networks, advanced skillstraining, internship opportunities and the development of anaccessible online network. The project has the potential to helpretain jobs in over 200 food sector manufacturing and processingcompanies that represent over 15,000 employees. The companies willalso have the opportunity to provide up to 300 internshippositions.
This initiative is supported by EMC's food sector members andproject partners: City of Brockville, Municipality of Chatham-Kent, County of Lennox and Addington and City of Woodstock.
"Bringing together a core group of 200 food sector manufacturersand processors, this project will develop an advanced Food SectorNetwork that will benefit all Ontario food sector stakeholders,"said Al Diggins, Excellence in Manufacturing ConsortiumPresident and General Manager. "By engaging this dedicatedpeer-to-peer knowledge network, Ontario's food sector companieswill further enhance their global competitiveness, enterprise-widecapabilities and access to world-class knowledge networkresources."
EMC ‘Food Sector Manufacturing Network'Deliverables:
- Deploy EMC Food Sector Manufacturing Networkconsortium with professionally facilitated, sectorspecific Strategic Interest Groups (SIG's).
- Deploy Online Food Sector Peer-to-Peer KnowledgeNetworks utilizing next generation Web 2.0 technologies,to access collaborative resources, online forums, blogging andnetworking, and continuous improvement contacts, etc.
- Provide Food Sector Training Rebate $:
Provide Ontario Sector Manufacturers & Processors withsignificant cost rebates for onsite Lean & ContinuousImprovement / Advanced manufacturing training, including coachingand implementation costs - with a simplified admin/applicationprocess.
- Provide Food Sector Internship Rebate $:
$500 per new hire payable after 3rd month of employment.Simplified admin process for claiming funds.
- Full Access to All EMC Member Resources and Value-AddedServices:
In 2008, a 100 employee member received over$243,000 in ROI (cash in their pocket) through full participationin EMC programs, plus the economic gains made from the continuousimprovement efforts engaged through EMC!
EMC has simplified the application process for Ontario FoodSector companies. It only takes a phone call or e-mail to getstarted. This is a terrific opportunity for your organization toaccess the tremendous resources delivered through EMC's consortiummodel and the newly launched ‘Food Sector ManufacturingNetwork' Initiative.
For more on this initiative information, please contactBren McKeachnie (EMC Sr. Community Development Manager):
Phone: 866-323-4362 x228