The Blount family has been in the food business since 1880. The premium product line includes refrigerated and frozen premium soups, sauces, sides and entrees for sale at restaurants, clubs and grocery stores. Based in Fall River, Massachusetts, with 350 employees, Blount’s background in seafood has established the company as the largest producer of clam chowder and lobster bisque in New England.
had enjoyed steady market share over the past few years and wanted to concentrate on customer retention rather than expansion. In addition, Blount’s product quality had always found itself in the upper-cost tier at the retail level and it was important to control operational costs while adhering to government regulations in an ever-evolving industry. The company recognized the need to continuously develop and engage their staff in order to maintain high levels of quality assurance while controlling costs.
The Workforce Training Grant not only allows us to expand the skill sets of our current employees, it has also given us the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to our staff, as both team members and as individuals for their own development. In today’s business environment, it has never been more crucial to retain a workforce and invest in a partnership for the long term. This grant allowed us this opportunity, and it has made a strong team even stronger. —David Flavin, Learning & Development Coordinator
Through a Workforce Training Grant provided by the , part of the , Blount enlisted the services of several training providers to focus on several key improvement areas. Blount employees participated in trainings on communication and leadership, microbial awareness, HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) certification, and coaching and team-building, as well as Train-the-Trainer sessions to develop in-house instructors. Blount increased efficiencies and reduced waste, and the company added jobs to keep pace with the boost in sales.
- Added 114 jobs
- Increased efficiencies, reduced production waste by 15%
- Exceeded sales projections by 38%
- 16 employees became HACCP-certified
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