Feeding the Machine

It makes sense for a company to place employee development at the center of its business model. Take Wichita, Kansas-based Cox Machine Inc., for instance. The precision aerospace parts manufacturer, which has a strong focus on cellular manufacturing and technological improvement, has made significant investment in employee development as well as its commitment to community development. While many companies look outside the organization for innovation, Cox Machine looks internally as well to invest in its current and future workforce. To stay competitive in the dynamic aerospace industry, the company provides extensive on-the-job training to all workers. In 2014, Cox Machine hired eight new workers and invested more than $40,000 in their development to prepare them for its sophisticated manufacturing practices. “Employee investment is at the center of our business model…


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