PASADENA, TX, March 28, 2018 – Recently Kelli Gregory, Vice President of Procurement and Business Support at Dixie Chemical, spoke about challenges in workforce development. In a video sponsored by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Gregory addresses how Dixie Chemical is handling the workforce shortage in the chemical manufacturing industry, specifically at the lower or entry level.
Collaboration to Encourage the Next Generation
An important step in Dixie’s workforce development is collaborating with NAM and other trade and professional organizations to go into schools and encourage student interest in manufacturing jobs. By telling students about the types of jobs available, salaries and benefits, Dixie hopes to entice them to keep the chemical manufacturing industry top of mind when they graduate college.
Students are not the only focus for Dixie’s message. Since parents can play a key role in guiding their kids through a career path, Dixie works to reach them, as well. Parents are invited to attend job fairs with the students and ask questions.
One of the top questions from parents – how safe is it to work in a chemical manufacturing environment? The answer surprises some. Working at a chemical company like Dixie is actually one of the safest places to work, due to strict adherence to safety regulations, policies and employee training.
Open Innovation in the Chemical Manufacturing Industry
Dixie Chemical’s collaboration with NAM and other trade organizations is an example of its open innovation approach. Gregory explains how transparency, collaboration and partnerships drive open innovation and make the participants stronger. At Dixie Chemical, suppliers, customers and employees get together to discuss market changes and ever-changing customer needs. According to Gregory, this transparency translates to building relationships and communicating. And this is essential to supply chain management.
The video interview with Gregory is hosted by Jeff French, a Leader in Manufacturing Practice from Grant Thornton LLP. Additional videos from manufacturing industry leaders can be found through the NAM Thought Leadership website.
About Dixie Chemical Company
Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance chemical products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. For more information, visit www.dixiechemical.com.