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OCT 2016

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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • October 2016 • 21 The scarcity of qualified technicians challenged the Mellott management team to experiment with new approaches to attracting and developing the skilled labor needed to keep the industry crushing. Ramesh Patel, Mellott Company executive vice president, took the existing culture of learning within the company and expanded on the theme. He marshaled internal and external resources into a program designed to fill the gap. Patel's efforts developed into the program now known as "Mellott University," a broad-based educational program for aggregates technicians, within the Mellott organiza- tion. The company reached out to high schools in the area, and several students were accepted to the program. The program is free-of-charge to these students. Some of the participants in the program apprentice in the Mel- lott Company crusher service shop while other students attend Mellott University as part of their high school cur- riculum. All students in the program earn hourly wages for their time in the program. The best students are offered the opportunity to work full-time with Mellott Company. "We put together a year-long program that teaches aggre- gate technicians what they need to know," said Patel. "We teach hydraulics, electrical, programmable logic control, rebuilds, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance." As a leading Metso distributor in North America, Mellott is able to partner with Metso to provide students in the program with OEM training under some of the most sea- soned individuals in the industry. The first year of Mellott University concluded in May of 2016, complete with a final exam, in which the students had to completely tear down and rebuild a Metso HP400 cone crusher virtually unassisted by the instructors that administered the exam. The graduating class celebrated the completion of the studies with a graduation ceremony and the company issued diplomas as proof of their efforts. Mellott management decided Mellott University would ben- efit from the guidance of faculty with technical skills as well as an extensive background in an academic setting. The company reached out to educator Tony Valente, who has decades of experience in the heavy machinery industry, and many years of teaching experience at Hagerstown Community College. During the summer of 2016, Valente worked to prepare Mellott University for the second year of students, who are slated to graduate in the spring of 2017. "We have a good program going here," said Valente. "We are going to augment the curriculum with some additional components and develop technicians with good skills." The program is already improved with a dedicated, hands-on training area in the Mellott Company Technology Center, which is located on the Warfordsburg Campus. crusher "wears-and-spares" parts; manganese steel castings; screen spare parts; jaw dies; brass bushings, and; conveyor components – all intended to help producers crush more. Mellott Company also has: • Round-the-clock live support for emergency services. •  Regionally based, trained field-service technicians with fully equipped service vehicles. •  Customer Training on repair, rebuild, service and maintenance. • Delivery service available. History of Values Based Leadership While Mellott Company certainly has a unique history, it is the reputation for integrity that Paul Jr. holds highest. "I would like to see people in our industry continue to respect us for our Values: Safety, Integrity, Commitment, Respect and Excel- lence," he said. "I would like that to be our legacy. Our brand is really important to me, because I know that's what my dad and uncle wanted us to do with our stewardship of the com- pany. That's personal and is very important to me. There is a big motivation for us to find the best people to connect with our customers." Meeting the Need for Qualified Technical Personnel REMA TIP TOP/North America, Inc. Industry Leader in Conveyor Belts, Service, & Wear Protection Phone: 800.334.REMA (7362) www.rematiptop.com

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