ADMIP Meeting 6.17.2016
Whirley DrinkWorks was host for the June ADMIP meeting last week. Some of the attendees were also treated to a tour of the facility by Beth Pellegrino, their Director of Human Resources (pictured above front row, left). The tour group included (front center) Mike Trojanowski, CareerLink; (front right) Laurie Knoll, Northwest Industrial Resource Center; (back row, L-R) Brian Nottingham, Partners for Performance; Jim Decker, Warren County Chamber of Business & Industry; Jay Kriner, Clarion Industries; and Keith Bertch, Superior Tire & Rubber Corp.

The recent monthly meeting of the Advanced Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership (ADMIP) featured Eric Karmecy, Project Manager for Oh-Penn Pathways to Competitiveness, to discuss the U.S. Department of Labor grant for registered apprenticeships. The $3 million grant will focus on building local manufacturing apprenticeship programs over the next five years. The application for manufacturers to apply for a grant for developing their apprentice program is available at

Brian Nottingham, Program Specialist at Partners for Performance, facilitates the ADMIP meetings and reviewed information about re-seating the steering committee with a representative from each county served by ADMIP. This industry partnership is dedicated to bringing together employers from the Metals, Plastics, Electronics and Food Industries in order to improve our regions manufacturing competitiveness. The partnership includes manufacturers and workforce/economic development partners in Crawford, Clarion, Erie, Forest, Venango, and Warren Counties. Members participate in monthly meetings both in-person and via teleconference.

The ADMIP is designed not only to identify human resource needs and skill gaps, but to address them by implementing strategies and training to improve incumbent workers’ skills and to provide career ladders that spur innovation and increased efficiency and productivity. Three major themes of the partnership include:

  • Youth Development: Providing exposure of manufacturing careers to today’s youth
  • Pipeline Development: Providing career pathways to today’s existing workforce
  • Industry Advocacy: Providing a collective voice for regional manufacturer

For information about how to get involved and attend meetings, please contact