SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – With unemployment rates at historic lows, PMC SMART Solutions (PMC) recently faced an unanticipated hiring challenge — recruiting the employees needed to fill critical positions in its rapidly expanding operations.
A global contract manufacturer located in Shelbyville, Ind., PMC has been aggressively growing its operations in recent years to meet its customers’ demands in new medical and automotive market segments. As part of that expansion, PMC completed a $5 million construction project, tripling its medical device manufacturing space in 2018. The expansion also included areas for added collaborative office space, an engineering lab and improvements to other work areas of the facility. The expansion supports the team and manufacturing capabilities needed for growth in critical medical disposable contract manufacturing for surgical devices, as well as high growth applications for the electrification of vehicles.
PMC has found, through a strategic and disciplined hiring process, all of the new, qualified employees they need to keep up with their rapid expansion. From 2017 to 2018, PMC hired an additional 30% more salaried employees. Their process has included attracting experienced employees by offering competitive salaries, full benefits and a carefully cultivated work culture. PMC has also invested its efforts to recruit college students through an effective internship program focused on a train-to-hire model.
Through its recruitment and internship program, PMC has successfully hired recent graduates from local leading higher education institutions including the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, Purdue University and Shawnee State University in Ohio.
Alex Bachman, a PMC Process Engineer, noticed the difference immediately after his start at PMC. A graduate of Shawnee State University with a plastics engineering degree, it was very important to him that he continue to improve and receive proper training in a supportive environment.
“I knew this (PMC SMART Solutions) would be the right fit,” explained Bachman. “It was an opportunity for me to continue my education, through training and getting into my master’s degree. That’s huge for me, the more you’re taught the more you’re worth. And then you can bring it back to the company.”
“It’s absolutely a great environment,” he went on to say. “(It’s) well organized, well-kept and very clean. I’ve worked in other plants, and they were not nearly as clean. That was another big selling point. When you work with injection molding machines, the hydraulic machines can get very dirty. And our automotive side, it’s very clean. We take pride in the product and themselves. Everyone always seems to be happy and smiling …you can’t fake that kind of thing. This is the company I knew I wanted to work for.”
As PMC faces another year of growth, with plans to hire more employees in the near future, it will continue to explore creative ways to expand its workforce while meeting the demands of growing customer base.
ABOUT PMC: PMC SMART Solutions, whose customers include major OEMs like Medtronic, Stryker, Bosch and Firestone, specializes in design and development, plastic injection molding and complete contract assembly solutions exclusively for the automotive and medical device markets. With full-range product lifecycle capabilities, including design, development and manufacturing, PMC SMART Solutions is a turn-key manufacturing partner to some of the world’s largest medical and automotive companies. PMC SMART Solutions has received numerous industry accolades, including the Bosch Global Supplier Award.