The fourth week of the Chippewa County Manufacturing Boot Camp was held at Processed Metals Innovators LLC in Bloomer. PMI is a fully integrated steel fabrication facility that began in the early 1990’s.
Students started each morning off at Bloomer High School. Here, they continued to complete their Critical Core Manufacturing Skills (CCMS) certificate. This week, students discussed topics such as Developing Personal and Team Productivity, Thinking Critically, and Problem Solving Strategies.
Additionally, UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center worked with students to teach Value Stream Mapping. This training educates students on how to identify non-value activities in a manufacturing environment and establish action plans to eliminate these.
Afternoons were spent at Processed Metals Innovators. Participants were exposed to a variety of areas within the business including: sales, purchasing, quality, and shipping and receiving. Students also worked to create a tool box. Through this process, they got experience in operating stamping presses, CTL/slitters, lasers, and punches. The finishing touch was welding the corners of their tool boxes. This was by far the favorite activity of the week.