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Cooley Group Holdings Increased Jobs, Made New Investments, and Saw Cost Savings following SCMEP’s Mobile Equipment Train the Trainer Package


Cooley Group, with manufacturing facilities in Lancaster, South Carolina, is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of innovative, sustainable, high-performance engineered membranes used in some of the world's most high-profile outdoor advertising; environmental protection; water, fuel, and chemical containment; military; and roofing initiatives. The company’s award-winning portfolio of highly diversified solutions is marketed and distributed worldwide. Cooley also collaborates with leading global brands to develop proprietary, first-of-its-kind products and solutions.

The Challenge

The company was looking for a train the trainer program for mobile equipment to keep the workforce current.

Cooley Lancaster sincerely appreciates SCMEP’s guidance even when their recommendations may point us to another organization for assistance. Interactions with team members is what makes the difference!

— Michael Tropea, Plant Manager

MEP's Role

SCMEP, part of the MEP National Network™, was able to provide a train the trainer package for powered industrial trucks. The instructor worked with the site representative to customize the package for materials required at the location. The material could include sit-down and stand-up warehouse forklifts, order-pickers, tuggers, utility carts, and walk-behind and powered pallet jacks. The class taught participants how to perform the training and go through materials. The materials included an in-depth PowerPoint, training video, top 10 forklift accident video, hazard recognition challenge, test, and answer sheet for powered industrial trucks. The package included inspection forms for the daily/pre-shift walk-around.

Created January 19, 2022