VENICE, Fla., April 23, 2007 – Demonstrating its commitment to employees and the local community, PGT Industries will recognize 40 employees who have successfully completed North Carolina’s Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) program.
A ceremony will be held April 25 at 3:30 p.m. at PGT’s manufacturing plant at 2121 Heilig Road in Salisbury. PGT President and CEO Rod Hershberger will be joined by Salisbury Mayor Susan Kluttz, and Pam Gobel, Director, Career Readiness Certification, North Carolina Community College System, to recognize the accomplishment of these employees. Each graduate committed up to 100 hours of personal time in the lab to learn the skills necessary to complete the certification process.
The CRC is based upon WorkKeys, a nationally recognized skills assessment tool developed by ACT Inc. The assessment system is currently used in 27 states and provides a uniform process for employers to measure and improve the skill set of its workforce.
“WorkKeys measures ‘real-world’ skills employers recognize as important to job success,” according to Gobel. "The North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate proves that an individual has the skills to be successful in the workplace.”
Self-paced training is available to the employee and PGT pays for time spent testing. “Skill set improvement in areas such as locating information, observation, reading for information, and applied math are skills transferable to any employer as well as everyday life, making the investment a win-win for the employer and the community,” stated Mayor Kluttz.
“North Carolina’s Career Readiness Certificate program complements PGT University (PGTU), our own workforce development and distributor education program,” said Hershberger. “The CRC and PGTU are part of our commitment to our employees and their choice to further their education. Each made a decision to be better than they were yesterday and we support their choice.”
In 2006, PGT relocated its manufacturing facilities from Lexington, N.C., to Salisbury--buying the former GDX building. “Mayor Kluttz and the local community welcomed PGT, and today I am happy to renew our commitment to the city and to each of you. By supporting the Career Readiness Certificate program, we know we are helping employees gain credentials that will make them visibly better,” said Hershberger.
PGT® pioneered the U.S. impact-resistant window and door industry and today is the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. PGT is one of the largest window and door manufacturers in the United States. In its 26th year, the company employs more than 2,000 at its manufacturing, glass laminating and tempering plants, and delivery fleet facilities in Venice, FL., and Salisbury, N.C. Sold through a network of over 1,300 independent distributors, the company’s total line of custom windows and doors is now available throughout the eastern United States, the Gulf Coast and in a growing international market. PGT University (PGTU) is the company’s extensive workforce development and distributor education program. PGT’s product line includes PGT® Aluminum and Vinyl Windows and Doors; WinGuard® Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors; PGT® Architectural Systems; and Eze-Breeze® Sliding Panels. PGT Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). www.pgtindustries.com.