Business Success Stories

Retirement among the baby boomers is causing the need for ongoing recruitment at manufacturing company Vista Metals Corp.

The company recently reached out to the Workforce Investment Board for help in hiring new production workers at its plant in Fontana, where 240 staff are employed.

“Finding workers with the right skills is always a challenge for us,” said Vista Metal’s Human Resources Manager Sheryl Baez. “Many of our staff have been with us for up to 30 years and we are now looking to replace those workers by finding the next generation of skilled engineers and machinists.”

In the last four months the company has recruited three staff through the WIB’s On-the-Job Training program which re-reimburses some of the costs for training new hires during the first three months of their employment.

The new employees work in the casting house and are involved with cutting materials, casting, molding and finishing products to prepare for shipment.

“The WIB program has been very beneficial to us, but not just from a monetary point of view, but by providing a great opportunity for us to find good quality staff,” said Baez. “The WIB representatives work effectively to match us with the right employees and also support the trainees to ensure they are successful.”

She added: “We will continue to work closely with the Workforce Investment Board and local schools to help us find the skilled employees we need.”

Sheryl Baez

Human Resources Manager, Vista Metals Corp.

For small business owners, the expense of hiring and training new employees can make the difference between turning a profit or not. One such business owner is Tim Young of Tim Young Underground, a family-run construction company. After acquiring a great new housing project, the company needed to hire additional staff.

Tim maximized the business benefits of the San Bernardino County Workforce Development On-the-Job Training Program which provides partial wage reimbursement to employers during a new hire’s designated training period, up to 90 days. “When I heard the program would pay half of the new hire’s wages, it was very appealing to me because it would save me money,” Tim said. Shellie Swanston from the Workforce Development Board’s Business Services Team made all the necessary arrangements. This included interviewing and hiring a new employee, finalizing the contract and bank paperwork for the company to receive the reimbursement via direct deposit.

Tim was so impressed with the program that he signed up for it a second time. “This was tremendously helpful to our business. I was able to obtain highly motivated employees to join my team,” Tim recounted. The program serves as a benefit to job seekers as much as it does employers by providing them the opportunity to earn money while being trained in a new profession or skill.

Tim Young

Owner, Tim Young Underground