Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation is a private label, contract, and food service manufacturer headquartered in Chester, Illinois. The organization produces over 8,000 items for more than 500 different private label brands across 14 manufacturing facilities. Spanning four states, this family-owned business employs more than 3,000 people.
Gilster-Mary Lee had seen government and customer requirements tighten and needed to bring in a workforce that was capable of meeting the requirements, as well as address the efficiencies and bottom line results they needed to maintain. In order to do this, they needed assistance addressing people skills, as historically, the company focused on hiring and promoting those with the machinery or efficiency skills and not necessarily the softer skills.
The GML leadership worked with the Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC), part of the MEP National NetworkTM, to implement the Training Within Industry (TWI) module of Job Relations for a group of supervisors. Working with the team to understand how they can use techniques to improve relationships with employees through a four step method really laid the groundwork for increased human development and positive relations within the group. The Job Relations module also addressed how supervisors should handle corrective action situations with an employee. Overall, the primary impacts realized from the training were improved absenteeism and improved morale among staff. "Ultimately we want to reduce turnover and avoid costly mistakes," said Tom Welge, Vice President for GML. "It truly allows people to become more successful in their job."
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The Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC) is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Illinois. The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that helps small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.