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ARCH Cutting Tools Focuses on Education Partnership to Solve the Talent Shortage, and Hunts for the ‘Purple Squirrel’

ARCH Cutting Tools is facing the same talent shortage as the cutting tool industry overall, but the company is meeting the challenge with an aggressive workforce development strategy aimed at millennials & gen z. In partnership with Delta College, ARCH Cutting Tools hosted an Introduction to Machine Tools Forum at its Flushing, Michigan facility on June 6, for five students interested in careers as machinists.

ARCH Cutting Tools is building an organization-wide structured training/apprenticeship program, based on practices that have been in operation for years. The pilot program in Flushing will be duplicated at other ARCH Cutting Tools facilities in other communities throughout the U.S. in the coming months.

Jeff Cederstrom, President – ARCH Cutting Tools, a Delta College alumnus opened the event with a brief introduction of the company and its products.
“To build tomorrow’s workforce, you have to be willing to provide the solution to today’s talent shortage,” he said, explaining the ARCH Cutting Tools commitment to training and education.

The Flushing facility is home to Ultra-Dex, an ARCH Cutting Tools business unit and Beamer Laser Marking Systems; presenting the participating students with information on career paths in precision machining.

The Ultra-Dex portion of the forum was hosted by Gregg Bishop, General Manager – Ultra-Dex. Bishop explained the various skills and disciplines that are critical in today’s machining environment including familiarity with manual Bridgeport machine operation to develop foundational industry skills up to and including programming CNC machines.

The Beamer Laser Marking System portion of the forum, hosted by Allen Warren, Engineering Manager – Beamer Laser Systems, provided perspective on the manufacturing of fiber laser marking machines for a variety of industries. Focusing on the product offerings of standard, engineered and inline machines, Warren provided details on engineered solutions. Bishop joined the conversation with details of how the laser marking systems provide enhancements to manufacturing operations that improve through-put and productivity.

Throughout the forum, the Delta students were provided demonstrations and hands-on experiences, as well as opportunities to put direct questions to the industry experts.

So, what is ARCH Cutting Tools looking for? Ultimately – the “Purple Squirrel.” That is, the ideal young machinist with natural ability, an eagerness to learn and improve, and an eye on the future of the industry. Reflecting the need of such qualified candidates, the participating students also learned that compensation continues to increase for machinists who demonstrate the necessary adaptability and skill development.

Throughout the forum, Cederstrom and Terry Morse, Associate Professor – Business and Technology at Delta College, who accompanied the students, discussed ways to work together more closely and to drive the message of the opportunities in manufacturing for young CNC Machinists and Programmers.

ARCH Cutting Tools believes that the resurgence of American manufacturing requires a renaissance of precision machining, supported by evolved and highly collaborative partnerships. ARCH Cutting Tools is leading this renaissance through continuous improvements in engineered solutions. Guided by an entrepreneurial spirit, the company leverages its combined resources to create greater cost efficiencies and performance outcomes for its customers. To drive these principles, the ARCH Cutting Tools leadership enables and supports a culture of teamwork and personal growth.

About ARCH Cutting Tools
ARCH Cutting Tools, headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., provides its customers a source of highly evolved engineering capabilities. This expertise is grown organically from a combined 100-plus years of intelligence gathering. Providing cutting tool brands such as KEO, Ultra-Dex and Patriot allows the developmental process for the support in ARCH Specials to achieve a faster pace. The creation of unique customer solutions can provide a substantial process enhancement with the outcome being greater efficiency, performance and profitability. This is the strength of ARCH Cutting Tools and we continue to build our synergistic company to offer more for our customers.

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Stacey Eeman
Marketing & Business Development Manager
Phone: 810-618-7711