The Union County Development Association held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday this past week for Stevens Resource Group USA.
The company, perhaps better known as SRG, provides workforce development and training.
The service is free to employees with cost paid by employers.
“We provide training and supervision for the first 60 days of employment,” owner and CEO Sherri Stevens said. “We mainly serve the manufacturing and auto industry.”
Perhaps SRG’s primary association is with Diversity Vuteq but they work with other Toyota Tier I and II suppliers. “We support workers who want to gain access to the manufacturing industry as a career path,” she said.
The connection with Diversity Vuteq actually began in Canada. “It was of necessity,” Stevens said. “I was 29 years old with no job and there was the Recession.”
A fortuitous meeting there with Chris Spence, president of Diversity Vuteq, who needed 25 production associates, led to the creation of SRG. She came to the United States and set up an office in Tupelo nine years ago. Now she has the New Albany office as well. They have about 130 people now.
Potential employees receive training by actually seeing if they can perform needed tasks and are taught about the kaizen, lean manufacturing and other philosophies that may be needed.
West Union native Marla Harshberger is manager for the New Albany and Tupelo offices. The New Albany office is at 1510 Munsford Drive, Suite B and initially will be open from 8:30 am. To 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Days will expand to Monday through Friday once the office has been open awhile.
She emphasized that her trainees are not just temps, but there to be career employees.