Perforex Forest Services Apprentices Graduate from Training

Perforex Graduates
Perforex Forest Services apprentices who completed the apprenticeship program are (front row, left to right) Justin Ganson, Shannon Rabalais, Jonathan Boston, Rechard Terrell, John Bloodsaw and (not pictured) Arthur Bracey. Pictured on the back row (L to R) are RoyOMartin Human Resources Development Manager Bill McDermott, CLTCC Director of Workforce Development Misty Slayter, The Rapides Foundation Director of Programs and Communications Annette Beuchler, and RoyOMartin President and CFO Roy O. Martin III.

Alexandria, LA — In a ceremony this week at RoyOMartin’s corporate office, six individuals were honored for successfully completing the Perforex Apprenticeship Program in a partnership between Perforex Forest Services, L.L.C. and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC). Through their training, funded in part by a Workforce Opportunity Grant from The Rapides Foundation, graduates demonstrated the skills necessary to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and become a certified Timber Harvesting Equipment Operator (THEO).

Apprentices selected for the program were hired by Perforex and underwent a 10-month combination of classroom and on-the-job training covering logging-truck and timber-equipment operations and certification. Experienced mentors assisted instructors with skills training. This was the first-ever paid apprenticeship program for Perforex, which was founded in 2003 and is currently part of the RoyOMartin family of companies. The Perforex Apprenticeship Program was also possibly the only training of its kind in the nation that offered a combination of CDL and THEO components.

Cade Young, RoyOMartin’s vice president of land and timber, explains, “As evidenced by the graduates we have here today, innovation is not limited to manufacturing and technical processes within the forest-products industry. With the assistance of CLTCC and the support of an originative management team, we have successfully developed a new tool in the recruitment and training of qualified members for the Perforex team.”

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“This program was a fantastic opportunity for members of the community to prepare themselves for high-demand occupations in our industry and region,” states Bill McDermott, human-resources development manager for RoyOMartin. “We are eager for these graduates to put their skills to use in a long-term career with Perforex—a company that differentiates itself in many ways, especially through offering excellent benefits and retirement.”

Adds Perforex Forest Services, L.L.C. General Manager Stephen Dye, “These graduates have developed a foundation that will serve them well into the future. I look forward to working with them more closely and seeing them continue to grow within our organization.”

Source: Perforex Forest Services