Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems 
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Value Stream 1 Engaged People

How a community campus solves the workforce shortage

Wednesday, Oct. 21 Location Code
2:00pm-3:00pm Jr. Ballroom A/B, 3rd floor WP/31

Gain a Surprising, Game-Changing Return on Investment

Collaborate with community stakeholders to meet the challenge of current and future workforce development needs; create a sustainable ROI from your investment in the future of manufacturing; use advanced training in lean process management plus innovative skill upgrades for life-long learning.


Learn how to create breakthrough connections between business, school, community and government to promote life-long learning and meet the challenge of attracting and developing the people you need for your organization’s current and future success. Take away information on an innovative approach that has been adapted at companies in Oregon, Washington, Indiana and Alabama. Learn how to collaborate with community stakeholders to meet the challenges of current and future workforce development needs. Create a sustainable ROI from your investment in the future of manufacturing. Use advanced lean process management plus innovative skills upgrades for life-long learning. Hear how to use your company culture as your secret weapon to go beyond hiring and change the game.


Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems pioneered portable machining technology nearly 50 years ago. The company redefines state-of-the-art for the machining and welding world to provide more powerful, precise, on-site solutions. It meets the tightest-tolerance tasks with the tools and perspective that efficiency and profitability demand, and provides solutions for complicated, challenging machining and welding applications for some of the world’s largest companies. Climax has received numerous recognitions including an Alfred P. Sloan award for excellence in workplace effectiveness and flexibility, one of the top three healthiest employers in the State of Oregon for four years, one of the healthiest employers in the nation last year, Inc. magazine 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America and Portland Business Journal Manufacturer of the Year.

Speaker: Joni George

Joni George is the chief cultural officer and vice president of human resources for Climax Portable Machining & Welding Systems. She is a breakthrough leader in innovation and creativity. George is a global coach who strives to bring out the best in associates working for her and with her. She has passion for her efforts, with the drive to make ‘extraordinary’ achievable. She is a learner who counts youth as her best professors. She reports that new learning has improved safety, social media, day-to-day operations, recruitment and retention.