Lydall workers complete training

Staff Report

November 24, 2013

DOBSON — Lydal Inc. recently recognized five of its employees for completing a 16-month Customized Industry Training Program developed in cooperation with Surry Community College.

The Fibers Foundational Basics Course included 384 hours of study through SCC. The local graduates of the program are Miles A. Driver of Hamptonville, Brandon Lyon of Mount Airy, Cody McCormick of Ronda, Jason Shumate of State Road, and Johnnie Sizemore of Hamptonville.

Lydall, headquartered in Manchester, Conn., manufactures specialty engineered products for the thermal and acoustical and filtration and separation markets.

“Our people are our strength and why we are successful at Lydall,” said Senior Vice President, General Manager Fibers Division Joe Abbruzzi, as he addressed the audience assembled at Lydall’s Hamptonville conference room recently. “Everyone can contribute; everyone has great ideas. The more we invest in our people, the more successful we will be in the future. We appreciate the support from Surry Community College’s Customized Industry Training Program in this effort.”

Scott Bathrick, director of operations fibers division at Lydall, said the training program has already helped the company’s productivity and maintenance plan. “The results are evident that the training is paying off,” Bathrick said.

According to college officials, the employees took classes in math, electrical systems, pneumatics, mechanical power transmission, lean factory simulation and motor controls along with Microsoft Office software and the soft skills of problem-solving, interpersonal communication, management principles, leadership and teamwork. They also received a Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification. North Carolina State University offered a custom one-week nonwovens course and lab as a part of the program.

“These employees have done a fantastic job. They are leaders on the floor,” said Fibers Process Engineer Brandon Roberts, who served as the program liaison.

“We learned soft skills like how to engage with each other,” said Lyon. “We have established a culture change across all shifts because of this training. We have learned how to better work together.”

“We have learned terminology, so we can better talk to maintenance about what is happening with the machines. This coursework has helped us,” said Myles Driver.

SCC President Dr. David Shockley and Sam Brim, director of customized industry training services for SCC, were guest speakers at the graduation recognition.

“We are very proud of what you have accomplished,” Shockley told the graduates. “You are a part of the Surry Community College family now.”

Schockley said the goals of SCC’s Customized Industry Training Program are to develop long-term strategic partnerships with business and industry leaders to assist small business start ups and expansions and to place Surry students into local jobs.