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America' Center to Host First-Ever 'Labor Day'
St. Louis, MO, (, November 7, 2015 - The Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA) and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission (SLCVC) are holding the first-ever 'Labor Day' at America's Center on Thursday, Nov. 19.

All the unions that work on the tradeshow floor are invited to participate in this day of complimentary training and enhancement.

"The goal of 'Labor Day' is to help build on the skills of the already talented labor force in St. Louis and give a few new tools for their toolbox to be used on the tradeshow floor," stated Julie Kagy, ESCA Education Director. "The entire program is being underwritten by ESCA and the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, who operates America's Center convention complex."

The day's events will be comprised of several elements that are beneficial to exhibitions industry union personnel, beginning with a customer service training program produced by ESCA's Labor & Management Council. The Council is comprised of leadership from the following organizations: ESCA's Official Services Contractor membership, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC); the Decorators' Union (IUPAT), the Electricians' Union (IBEW), Stagehands' Union (IATSE) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT).

There will also be forklift and boom lift certification offered. Attendees are welcome to attend each program to receive their OSHA certification. This is being sponsored and presented by Global Experience Specialists (GES) and Klance Staging.

In addition, the SLCVC will be presenting the 'St. Me' program, which is a successful customer service training course provided to hospitality industry employees and taxi drivers throughout the region.

"We are proud to join with ESCA in offering our frontline employees this unique, first-of-a-kind training partnership to all the unions serving the needs of our clients at America's Center," stated Marty Brooks, senior vice president and general manager of America's Center. "By teaching and sharing these skills in equipment operation, hospitality, customer service and the attributes of our destination, we will strengthen our efforts to provide convention and meeting customers in St. Louis with a first-class experience."

Missouri Works Training to Create Nearly 1,000 New Jobs
St. Louis, MO, (, October 4, 2015 - Missouri Works Training will help more than 300 companies throughout the state improve the skills of their workers and expand their businesses, creating 970 new jobs. These companies will make a combined $1.3 billion in capital investments and provide next-generation training to more than 33,000 current employees.

In a release, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said, "A highly-skilled workforce is essential to Missouri's ability to create jobs and compete and win in the global economy. These strategic, performance-based investments through our Missouri Works Training program will benefit communities in every corner of our state. Missouri Works Training gives workers the opportunity to sharpen their skills, and businesses the ability to expand, invest and create more jobs in our communities. It's a win-win."

A total of $10.4 million has been approved through the Missouri Works Training Program to help companies strengthen their workforce by accessing next-generation training. Those companies are in industries that include advanced manufacturing, automotive, biosciences, energy solutions, financial and professional services, and IT.

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The training funds can be utilized to upgrade worker skills to prepare for new products, processes, or new technologies, to improve productivity or quality, or to on-board and train new workers as a result of an expansion or relocation. For example, American Air Filter (AAF) International, a global manufacturer of air filtration systems for numerous industries including nuclear power and transportation, will utilize $30,000 in state grants and work with the State Technical College of Missouri to train its Columbia workforce. As a result of acquiring a new product line and investing $1.4 million to expand the operations and install new equipment, its Columbia plant will hire and train 10 new positions as well as upgrade the skills of 46 current employees.

AAF operates in 22 countries and expects an increase in productivity and profitability for its Missouri facility, which is one of the company's only ISO Certified locations. The company recently opened a dedicated training room specifically designed to teach a culture of quality, safety and continuous improvement throughout their facility.

"Our customers demand a level of quality and on time delivery that can only be achieved through a skilled, cross-trained workforce and an ongoing quality policy. These are the things that keep us prominent in a highly competitive world," said Jeff Simon, HR Manager of Operations at AAF. "American Air Filter is committed to providing training to employees and state funding helps achieve those goals."


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