Paragon Metals, Inc. is a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier of automotive,truck,industrial and heavy equipment to Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Volvo and Behr. Headquartered in Hillsdale, the company has facilities in China and Korea.
Paragon recently expanded it Michigan footprint by adding another facility in the Hillsdale Industrial Park. In order to adequately staff growth, the company worked closely with Michigan Works! by holding job fairs, posting jobs on the Pure Michigan MiTalent Connect website, and hiring several unemployed, laid off, dislocated or underemployed employees who qualified for over $21,000 in On-the-Job Training (OJT) grants.
Moreover, Paragon received a Going PRO Talent Fund grant of $18,000 to help start an electrical apprenticeship and hire 10 new employees.
Cole Breault was a recent high school graduate when he came to Michigan Works! last year. He was referred to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program/Career Adviser to assist him in attaining his goal of obtaining employment. He lived with his mom and had been involved in the court process, but had no record that would impact him gaining employment. Upon enrolling into the WIOA program, Cole had no prior work experience.
After working to ensure Cole had a resume and other tools he would need to be successful, Cole's career adviser found out that Paragon was interested in hiring him for a CNC operator position and informed them that Cole was enrolled in WIOA and OJT eligible.
Cole completed 400 hours of OJT as a CNC operator with Paragon Metals, Inc. He maintains full time employment there as a CNC operator and is receiving benefits.
As a result of this growth--and the Michigan Works! programs that helped make it possible--Paragon Metals and Cole Breault have both become vibrant parts of the economic resurgence in Hillsdale County.
Hillsdale County Hiring Blitz
400 Hillsdale County High School Seniors gain access to hundreds of job opportunities in 10+ industries at region’s first youth focused Hiring Blitz!
HILLSDALE MICHIGAN, Four hundred Hillsdale County Graduating Seniors will gain access to local and out of county employers who are actively hiring for hundreds of employment opportunities in more than ten different industries on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.
Participating employers include American Axle & Manufacturing, Clemens Food Group, Dematic Corp., Ellwood Staffing, Fairway Products, Hi-Lex Controls, Inc., Hillsdale Community Schools, Hillsdale County Medical Care Facility, Hillsdale Hospital, Hillsdale County Senior Center, Hillsdale Market House, Michigan Army National Guard, Martinrea, McDonald’s, Menards Distribution Center, Michigan Department of Corrections, Michigan State Police, Bob Evans (Post Consumer Brands & Post Holdings), Precision Gage, Rassini Chasis Systems, Rima Manufacturing, Ritz-Craft, Speedrack, State of Michigan, Toledo Electrical JATC, The Cardinal Group, US Bureau Census, US Army, US Navy, US Marines, US Staffing Agency, Walmart Distribution Center and Watts Water.
“Students will have the opportunity to explore over 10 different industries while connecting to a variety of employment opportunities,” said Bill Sleight, Director, Michigan Works! Southeast. “After listening to feedback from our employers about their talent needs, we decided to focus this event on our young adult population,” said Sleight. “This event truly is for every graduating senior. Employers have open positions in a variety of fields from summer help to a long term career path,” said Sleight.
Michigan Works! Southeast is part of a statewide network of organizations that contributes to the economic prosperity of our communities by developing a strong, talented workforce. The agency serves businesses and jobseekers in the counties of Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston and Washtenaw.