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CITY MACHINE & WHEEL PARENT COMPANY RECEIVES LABOR DEPARTMENT HONOR STOW PLANT PIONEERS WORKER TRAINING APPROACH

CITY MACHINE & WHEEL PARENT COMPANY RECEIVES LABOR DEPARTMENT HONOR
 STOW PLANT PIONEERS WORKER TRAINING APPROACH
 AKRON, Ohio, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- An innovative educational enrichment program created by the Brenlin Group to improve the job performance of workers in its manufacturing plants today was recognized with a LIFT (Labor Investing for Tomorrow) Award by Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin.
 The national award focuses on significant contributions made toward building a world-class United States workforce by improving and effectively using the skills of those already employed. Brenlin's award is one of four being given nationally in its category.
 With the objective of bringing every one of its 4,200 employees to at least an eighth-grade proficiency level by the year 2000, Brenlin Group Chairman David L. Brennan and partners Richard Hamlin and James McCready designed Learning Centers for several manufacturing facilities to offer employees self-paced, non-competitive, computer-aided programs of instruction in reading, math and language arts.
 Today there are four such centers, located at City Machine and Wheel Company, Stow, Ohio; Spartanburg Steel Products, Spartanburg, S.C.; Prior Remanufacturing, Inc., Dallas, and Ausco, Inc., Benton Harbor, Mich. At the Ohio and Michigan sites, participation for two hours a week is mandatory for all employees, line worker to general manager. The other two facilities will follow suit by the end of this year.
 Among those workers attending Learning Centers where the programs have been in operation since 1989, just sixty hours of computer instruction have improved math and reading skills by two grade levels, Brennan said.
 "In five years' time, I will invest $3 million for the equipment, the facilitators, and the company time workers at a 500-person plant spend at the Learning Centers," said Brennan. "I wouldn't hesitate to spend the same amount on a machine that, in that same five years, will similarly increase my productivity by $1 million a year."
 Documented outcomes from the program include lower turnover, increased sales dollars per employee, greater employee involvement in the company and enhanced self-confidence and sense of competency, said Stephen Tomasko, vice president of human resources for the Brenlin Group.
 In addition, the Centers are working in their local communities offering educational services to families of employees and to disadvantaged young people and sharing their facilities and experiences with other employers.
 Brennan said the Learning Centers were planned with input from site- based employee committees, members of which gave advice concerning the design and operation of the program. Employees from every organizational and educational level were invited to take part so that the Centers would address every conceivable concern employees might have about participating in the program.
 The Brenlin Group is a holding company which concentrates on acquisition and expansion of companies of the metal producing and forming industries. The Brenlin Group includes 18 companies with sales of $700 million. It is headquartered in Akron, Ohio.
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 /CONTACT: Stephen Tomasko of The Brenlin Group, 216-762-2420, or Paul Starner of City Machine & Wheel Company, 216-688-7756/ CO: The Brenlin Group; City Machine & Wheel Company ST: Ohio IN: SU:


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