Super Thin Saws Trains Next Generation of Salespeople

29 October 2019

Super Thin Saws Trains Next Generation of Salespeople

Waterbury, Vt.— Super Thin Saws (STS), a tool manufacturer, recently received a grant totaling $39,839.75 from the Vermont Training Program (VTP).

The funding from VTP will be used to help prepare the company for the retirement of two key salespeople. STS has unique product offerings and a niche customer base, making finding qualified applicants within the state a challenge.  STS will train 22 of its employees in areas of leadership development, growth planning, and principles of lean manufacturing. Through these trainings, employees will receive the technical experience they need to help the company continue to grow.

“We are so grateful to have received the VTP grant. It has allowed us to cross-train within our current staff and helped us bridge the gap while we look for new hires,” said STS co-owner David Strom. “We were also able to contract with an outside vender to help us implement a new style of lean manufacturing. Our whole staff here is very engaged and excited.”

Originally starting as a mom-and-pop shop, STS now sells its products across the world and has become the industry-standard for thin sawing equipment. It is built on the idea that although a thinner blade is more expensive, it pays for itself over time. There is less kerf, or fiber loss with each cut, creating a more efficient use of materials and cost-savings for companies. STS customers include household names like board game maker Milton Bradley and luxury guitar maker Martin Guitars.

“STS is a small Vermont company with an innovative product that is sold around the globe,” said Joan Goldstein, Department of Economic Development Commissioner. “We are proud to be able to provide grant funding for this growing small business to train its next generation of employees.”

 

In 2014, STS was named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2014 Vermont Exporter of the Year.

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About the Vermont Training Program (VTP)

The Vermont Training Program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Department of Economic Development. It is a workforce development program to enhance the skills of the Vermont workforce and increase productivity of Vermont employers; grants may cover up to 50 percent of the training cost which can either be on-site or through a training provider/vendor.  For more information on VTP, visit http://accd.vermont.gov/economic-development/funding-incentives/vtp.

About the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development

The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s (ACCD) mission is to help Vermonters improve their quality of life and build strong communities. ACCD accomplishes this mission by providing grants, technical assistance, and advocacy through three divisions: The Department of Economic Development, the Department of Tourism and Marketing, and the Department of Housing and Community Development. For more information on ACCD please visit: https://accd.vermont.gov/ 

 

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