2019 Business Success Stories
Workforce History: Bachem Americas, Inc. in Torrance, is an international technology-based, public bio-chemicals company that has been providing full service to the pharma and biotech industry since 1971. Bachem specializes in the process development and
the manufacturing of peptides and complex organic molecules as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), as well as innovative bio-chemicals for research purposes. With headquarters in Bubendorf, Switzerland and affiliates in Europe, the US and Asia, Bachem’s business practice overseas includes using apprenticeship programs as a hiring method.
Workforce Challenge: Thus, when the SBWIB introduced its BioFlex initiative in early 2019 to develop preapprenticeship and registered apprenticeship career pathways for the Bio-Science Industry in the greater Los Angeles Region, Bachem volunteered to serve as chair on an advisory board called the Unilateral Apprenticeship Committee (UAC) comprised of a consortium of industry stakeholders. Since undertaking the role of UAC Chair, Bachem has also assisted the SBWIB with supplying support letters for grants that contributed to the success of receiving millions in funding.
Outcomes & Benefits: Bachem participates in the SBWIB Employment Training Panel program for upskilling incumbent workers, serves on the SBWIB Board and is a member of the Business, Technology & Economic Development Committee.
Bachem continues to work with the SBWIB’s special projects team to develop a Bio-Flex program for high school students that will include industry experiences at their facility to advance youth into Apprenticeships. They are also assisting in the development of teacher externship, which will take place in the near future.
Workforce History: Morf3D is an El Segundo based company that provides a sustainable eco-system that delivers innovative solutions to solve complex design and manufacturing challenges that fully exploit the benefits of additive manufacturing, which includes solutions
in the Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing Industry.
Workforce Challenge: Due to the high standards and pride Morf3D places on their work, they were experiencing the challenge of finding qualified candidates to fill specialized positions such as lead additive technicians.
Morf3D reached out to the South Bay One-Stop Business & Careers Center – Inglewood for assistance in finding qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs.
Outcomes & Benefits: Upon meeting with Morf3D, the OneStop job development staff assisted with identifying, pre-screening, and vetting qualified candidates and referred them to their HR department. Morf3D participated in a highly specialized job fair for individuals who were recently laid off in the Aerospace and Manufacturing industries.
Morf3D was able to identify, hire, and retain qualified candidates for their additive technician position. Morf3D continues to reach out to the One-Stop Business & Career Center team for assistance with their hiring needs and are in the process of establishing wage reimbursement programs. In addition, Morf3D is a committed Aero-Flex partner. They have provided on-the-job training and graduated Pre-Apprentices interested in the field.
Inglewood Park Cemetery
Workforce History: In 1905, a group of visionary Centinela Valley businessmen decided to pool their resources and form the Inglewood Park Cemetery Association. The first interment was made in the new cemetery on July 20, 1906. In the first year, there were 32 burials, which not surprisingly would increase dramatically over the coming years. Many of the original settlers of the Centinela Valley and the South Bay region are entombed there, as are nearly three dozen Civil War veterans.
Workforce Challenge: In recent years, Inglewood Park Cemetery was experiencing the challenge of finding qualified candidates to fill its Community Service Sales Counselors positions. Inglewood Park reached out to the South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Center – Inglewood to find qualified candidates. The One Stop job developers recruited, screened and vetted candidates that met Inglewood Park Cemetery’s hiring requirements
Outcomes & Benefits: With the ongoing assistance of the OneStop staff, Inglewood Park Cemetery has hired over twelve full-time permanent positions. Inglewood Park Cemetery has been an active supporter of the South Bay Workforce Investment Board and serves on the board of directors.
The Winston Box
Workforce History: In an effort to provide more fashion options for the “Big and Tall” community, owner Wil Cuadros and CEO Amit Patel created The Winston Box in 2016. The Winston Box is a subscription box service, dedicated to serving individuals who have trouble finding clothing in their sizes through more traditional methods. The company makes all its goods in Peru, ensuring that customers receive quality merchandise for the price they pay.
Workforce Challenge: In July of 2018, The Winston Box began its partnership with SBWIB through a generous clothing donation to SBWIB’s Career Pathways 180 prison-to-employment academy. The Winston Box donated dress shirts and pants for participants of the academy that were worn at the conclusion of the training at the CP 180 job fair, in which participants interviewed with several employers. In May of 2019, The Winston Box agreed to serve as a worksite for SBWIB’s youth Paid Work Experience (PWEX) program, in which it has hosted youth from the Gardena One-Stop and provided valuable work experience, training the youth in order fulfillment, customer service, and social media marketing.
Outcomes & Benefits: Successful order fulfillment has been a significant challenge for The Winston Box. However, through partnering with SBWIB and serving as a worksite for the youth Paid Work Experience (PWEX) program, SBWIB has been able to provide the company with reliable youth workers who have successfully assisted with fulfillment, packing, sorting, and order tracking.
The company has seen an increase in staff around the warehouse, which has resulted in an increase in order fulfillment and productivity.
“This is a great opportunity for small businesses and an equally great way to give back to the community.”
Sharpe Interior Systems
Workforce History: Sharpe Interior Systems, Inc. is a premiere Union labor firm that specializes in drywall and metal stud framing. Founded by drywall craftsman Steve Sharpe in 1976, Sharpe Interior Systems, Inc. has celebrated over 40 years as a drywall contractor in Southern California. Priding itself on quality, service and a unique relationship-focused style, Sharpe has delivered innovative solutions across a
broad spectrum of projects ranging from commercial tenant improvement, healthcare, retail, hospitality, and commercial high-rise.
Workforce Challenge: The South Bay Workforce Investment Board through its Inglewood One-Stop has established the Construction Utilities Pathway Program (CUPP) to supply a pipeline of qualified candidates by providing support services and access to training and employment in the construction industry with a huge emphasis on the thousands of construction workers that are needed for the mega projects in the area. Sharpe Interior Systems’ team has long partnered with the Inglewood One-Stop, and is now utilizing the CUPP program. A high percentage of the referrals have completed their MC3 Pre-Apprentice training through I-TRAIN’s approved Construction Training Provider, Career Expansion through Coastline Community College. This partnership has resulted in dozens of individuals, including reentry and homeless participants, being hired as union apprentices at living wages, including several that were funded through the Federal Highway-Caltrans grant that was awarded to the South Bay Workforce Investment Board.
Outcomes & Benefits: Sharpe Interior Systems’ current projects include the Lucas Museum Project and the Martin Luther King Hospital Project. In both projects they are relying on the SBWIB to assist with their workforce development needs.
Workforce History: Hobby Lobby presented a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, March 11, 2019 for its 49th location in California. This joins more than 800 Hobby Lobby stores across the nation. Hobby Lobby is primarily an arts-and-crafts store which includes picture framing, jewelry making, fabrics, floral
and wedding supplies, cards, party supplies, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise.
Hobby Lobby is devoted to providing career opportunities for eager enterprising individuals who are ready to join their rapidly growing company. As a leader in the arts, crafts and home décor industry, they value innovative ideas, passionate creativity and hard work.
Workforce Challenge: In February 2018, Hobby Lobby had hired 60 candidates for their grand opening but that was not sufficient. The Torrance One-Stop assisted Hobby Lobby with their hiring need by announcing job opportunities and posting flyers on its social networks. The available positions ranged from cashiers, to customer service representatives, retail associates, and stockers. Torrance One-Stop also provided Hobby Lobby with rooms to conduct interviews for one week.
Outcomes & Benefits: As a result, Hobby Lobby was able to hire enough individuals in a short amount of time with no cost to them. Hobby Lobby has already asked for SBWIB’s assistance with hiring needs for the company’s next store which will be opening in Torrance.
Marvin Engineering Company
Workforce History: As is the case with other southland aerospace and manufacturing companies, Inglewood-based Marvin Engineering Company (MEC) was having difficulty finding qualified candidates to fill specialized and nonspecialized positions in the areas of administration, manufacturing, CNC machinist, engineering, IT, quality control, supply chain and systems integration.
Workforce Challenge: The MEC Human Resources Department turned to the South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Center - Inglewood in early 2018. The Center’s job development staff immediately began vetting qualified candidates and referred them to MEC for interviews. MEC also participated in a specialized job fair assembled by the SBWIB staff tailored for individuals recently laid off from aerospace and manufacturing industries. MEC was able to identify, hire and retain more than 10 qualified candidates for various open positions.
Outcomes & Benefits: Marvin Engineering Company is the core of the Marvin Group and is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing of alternate mission equipment and aircraft armament equipment. Marvin Test Solutions and Marvin Land Systems comprise the group. Marvin Engineering is now partnered with the SBWIB job development team for ongoing assistance with their hiring needs.
Counseling Resource and Education Center
Workforce History: Counseling Resource and Education Center was established in 2017 in the city of Torrance. With over 30 years of experience, their mission in life as educators is to provide motivation to toddlers, children and adults, to achieve their goals in life.
Workforce Challenge: Counseling Resource and Education Center is always in need of great candidates who can meet and match with their goals. After several meetings, South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Centers - Torrance signed them up for the Paid Work Experience program.
Outcomes & Benefits: The job developer at the Torrance One-Stop assisted and sent them the qualified candidate’s resume for interviews. Since the relationship that was established on August 2019, the Counseling Resource and Education Center continues to use the business services provided by the South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Centers - Torrance as their number one source for hiring qualified candidates.
Workforce History: Gelson’s Market has been serving the residents of the Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and El Segundo cities since 2017.
Gelson’s Market is Manhattan Beach's best new gourmet grocery store, offers its customers services like a salad bar, full kitchen, and hot food bar. Gelson’s Manhattan Beach location is
also home to an extensive floral department, access to Viktor Benes Bakery and Coffee Bar, and an amazing outdoor dining area. The experience is completed with a smoothie and juice bar, Wolfgang Puck counter, plus seafood and sushi bar.
Workforce Challenge: Gelson’s Market is always in need of Deli Service Clerks for their deli department. When the South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Center – Torrance job developer reached out to them to introduce the wealth of opportunities the One-Stop has to offer, they were highly interested and wanted to meet to know more.
Outcomes & Benefits: After the meeting, they agreed to commit to South Bay One-Stop’s On-the-Job Training program. After several announcements and job postings the Job Developer was able to find eligible interested candidates and referred them to Gelson’s market. Gelson’s market interviewed all of them and filled their need.
Workforce History: Lisi Aerospace is a worldwide manufacturing specialist for assembly solutions as well as engine and structural components used for aircrafts. Lisi Aerospace designs and manufactures technically advanced solutions and components, in compliance with the highest quality standards. Lisi is a recognized player in the aeronautics, defense and space sector.
Workforce Challenge: In late 2018, the company was facing difficulty finding the right candidates for a trainee program they developed to meet the company and industry needs for various machine technology/machinists positions and finding qualified candidates to fill their numerous specialized and non-specialized positions that included machinist, electricians, health and safety coordinators, production managers and quality inspectors.
Lisi Aerospace reached out to Job developers at the South Bay One-Stop Business and Career Center – Inglewood in hopes of getting assistance identifying a pool of individuals for their new machinist trainee program and help find qualified candidates to meet their hiring needs.
Outcomes & Benefits: After meeting with Lisi Aerospace Human Resources to discuss their new training program and hiring needs, SBWIB Job Development staff assisted with identifying, pre-screening and vetting qualified candidates in the form of direct candidate referrals for their trainee program and open positions. SBWIB’s Job Developer invited Lisi Aerospace to conduct recruitments/targeted hiring events at two of its One-Stop locations in order to identify a candidate pool for the trainee program and open positions. In addition, Lisi Aerospace was invited to attend targeted job fairs that would increase the probability of finding qualified participants. Lisi Aerospace participated in a highly specialized job fair specifically tailored for individuals in the Aerospace and Manufacturing industry. Many of the job fair attendees were individuals recently laid off from large companies where Lisi Aerospace was able to identify and hire qualified candidates. In addition, through SBWIB staff efforts, Lisi Aerospace was able to identify several candidates for their recently developed program and establish an on-the-job wage reimbursement contract to help off sent the high costs of on boarding.
Due to the established partnership, Lisi Aerospace is in the process of completing a Paid Work experience contract with the SBWIB that will help El Camino Machine Tool Technology Trainees going through the propel LA program gain real work experience that can lead to unsubsidized employment at Lisi Aerospace. Lisi Aerospace continues to reach out to the SBWIB job development team for assistance with their hiring needs.
Fresh & Meaty Burger
Workforce History: For 29 years and counting, Fresh & Meaty Burger has been a place that has served up the most delicious and freshest burgers in Los Angeles. They have expanded their horizons to other areas such as Cleveland, Ohio, Carson, Studio City and Watts.
Workforce Challenge: The relationship between the SBWIB and Fresh & Meaty Burgers was established earlier this year. The business was opening a new store in Carson and the owners stated the need for some employment assistance for their new store. They trusted the SBWIB to find them great employees, and use the Paid Work Experience (PWEX) program.
Outcomes & Benefits: For the past 3 months, the SBWIB has sent several youths to work at their Carson location. The youth have gained great customer service skills and work experience. As a result of the aforementioned partnership and utilization of the South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Centers - Carson services, 6 Carson residents have been hired for permanent employment. Fresh & Meaty is always willing to participate with the recruitment fairs that South Bay One-Stop hosts.
Owner/Area Manager Shaleah Upshaw has indicated her satisfaction with the courteous and professional service delivery by South Bay One-Stop Business & Career Centers - Carson and has stated this as the reason she is committed to continuing the partnership with the SBWIB.
Alpha Postal Service
Workforce History: Alpha Postal Service is a small business dedicated to providing packing and shipping services to residents of Hawthorne and surrounding areas.
Workforce Challenge: Packing and shipping services can be in high demand, especially when customers need to send items to family members and loved ones during busy times of the year.
Outcomes & Benefits: Alpha Postal Service has partnered with SBWIB in its Paid Work Experience (PWEX) program and is currently interviewing youth workers to help with daily customer service duties, as well as order fulfillment.
Alpha Postal Service will be staffed with youth workers who are reliable, professional, and who can provide excellent customer service.