Clemco Industries is one of Franklin County’s largest manufacturers that specializing in air-powered blast equipment.
The Washington, MO based company has a long-standing relationship with East Central College that was strengthened when Clemco leaders donated floor space inside their facility to the ECC Center for Workforce Development.
Since February 2015 the space has been used for six welders to provide an 8-week Introduction to MIG Welding program, that’s funded by the MoManufacturingWINs program.
In addition to the donated space, Clemco also covers the utility costs associated with housing and operating the welders and partners with the college to purchase materials and supplies for the program.
The partnership allows East Central to continue providing an affordable welding program after the grant ends. Clemco’s only request was they they have the first opportunity to recruit students who complete the program.
The partnership between East Central College and Clemco Industries provides a great example of a public/private partnership that is leveraging resources to strengthen the area’s workforce.