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G&F Industries Creates Workplace English Skills Program

Sturbridge, Massachusetts, June 09, 2008

The program is being offered during work hours with employees conducting the training sessions. Three volunteer employees have been trained and certified to tutor groups of three to five students. There are twelve students participating in the first program. The focus of the program is to "serve the needs of the employees, making sure they have skills and understanding they can apply immediately," said Vanessa Fors, Literacy Volunteers Coordinator. G&F and Literacy Volunteers found it was more efficient and effective to teach employees how to tutor - they were already doing so on a casual basis - than to teach outside tutors about the company and manufacturing. The employee trainers prioritize the topics to be introduced such as work safety and how use the company's automated telephone system.

"The program with G&F is a brand new approach for Literacy Volunteers, the first off-site program affiliated with a company. It is a model for bringing what an employee wants or needs to know to their company environment. G&F is setting a standard for this type of program." added Fors.

G&F Industries specializes in precision plastic molded parts, contract manufacturing, injection molds and assemblies. Founded in 1962, the company serves customers in the medical, automotive, safety, military and industrial markets from its Sturbridge, Massachusetts, facility. G&F is TS 16949:2000 registered.

Recently a customer presented G&F with a question that is all too familiar in the injection molding industry today: How can the manufacturing cost of our product be minimized so that we can compete with cheaper imports from overseas? G&F was able to deliver an innovative solution that drastically reduced costs for the customer and produced a quality product that surpassed overseas competition. The product was an over-molded handle that had been produced in the following three-step process: First, a polypropylene substrate was molded in a four-cavity mold. Second, the substrate was cooled and hand-loaded onto a rack. Third, the rack was placed into a four-cavity over-mold for application of a thermoplastic.

For more information, contact John J. Argitis, President, G&F Industries, at johnja@gandf.us or 508-347-9132.

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