Metro Tech customized business training leads to strong partnership with local start-up

When Economic Development Center Industrial Coordinator Lynda Speller saw an article about Spiers New Technologies in The Oklahoman; she saw an opportunity for partnership and cold-called on the company. Once there, she met Dierk Spiers, owner and CEO of the start-up technology company that employs 50 people and counting. It was the start of a mutually beneficial partnership between Metro Tech and Spiers.

After an initial meeting to tour the company and ask questions to identify gaps in training and needs for employee credentials; Speller developed a customized business training plan. She secured $36,000 in legislative funds from OK CareerTech that is allocated to provide needed training to companies upon application. Once approved, funding pays 100% of training costs. This funding, Spiers said, made a huge difference for his company and employees.

“These training dollars allowed employees to attend courses offered by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on the shipment of hazardous materials, which I didn’t know existed before my introduction to Metro Tech,” he said.

The training is imperative, since Spiers ships remanufactured and refurbished battery packs for hybrid and electric cars all over the world to companies such as GM, Ford and Nissan. Assisting Spiers with funding for this training led to additional customized training provided by Metro Tech, such as Lean training: a certification program that provides employees and companies with processes to maximize value and minimize waste. While touring the approximately 320,000 square feet plant that houses Spiers, several employees commented on the added value of Metro Tech’s training.

“Establishing processes through Lean training enables us to work as a team more efficiently, as we are following consistent standards,” one employee said.

Yet another employee who attended the ODOT and FAA courses said his knowledge of hazardous material shipment increased his confidence. As the largest shipper of lithium batters in the United States, safety compliance is important. Metro Tech is also assisting Spiers with the process to become ISO certified.

For more information on customized training for your company, contact Lynda Speller at Lynda.speller@metrotech.edu