Corning Builds a World-Class Workforce

The new American factory worker, Kevin Fleming has a university degree in business administration and three another associate degree and a promising future at Corning Inc. as Fleming was an education-minded man, being a factory worker was a comedown. Out of 8, 000 applicants at Corning Inc. he was one of the 150 people who was hired after weeks of testing and interviews. Corning continuously hiring people who are able to perform in teams and are capable in production processes.
The Blacksburg replaces a traditional and old plant where many workers stood after and it seems that the production was merely deducting. Because of this situation, Corning starts to seek or search for high-quality work force. The employees are being allowed to change the manufacturing process. Corning starts Japanese-style teamwork system. The result was a testing and interviewing process for factory workers. The applicants first have to pass muster with the Virginia State Employment Service. They will undergo the three-hour orientation, two half-hour interview, and will go on to test their math and writing skills, and will be trained as a group. Once on the job, workers are expected to undergo continuous training at least 10 percent of their days off.
Jill Bishop says the system at Corning gives everyone who wants it “an opportunity for growth”. Blacksburg is about as close as an American company has come to offering Japanese-style lifetime employment. Much like the Japanese system, the plant uses 10 percent buffer of unskilled part time workers. Those workers can be laid off in hard times. Corning workers work a three-or-four-day week with shifts of 10 or 12 and a half hour with rotating day off. The average Corning production worker has two years of college with a $23, 000 annual base salaries more than a starting local school teacher who has four-year degree. In addition, the overtime average wage was $28, 000 and some earned nearly $40, 000.
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