Raymond’s Tony Topencik, centre, senior director of manufacturing operations, accepts two awards from the Manufacturing Leadership Council on behalf of The Raymond Corporation. (Photo by John McCoy)
GREENE, N.Y. — The Raymond Corporation has earned a 2019 talent management leadership award from the U.S. National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council.
The talent management leadership award, given to creators of innovative and engaging workforce solutions, was presented to Raymond for its Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator. The award was presented to a select group of Manufacturing Leadership Council award winners that received the highest scores in the nine project categories.
The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honour manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders who are shaping the future of global manufacturing. A panel of expert judges chose the winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment and other tangible outcomes.
Raymond developed the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator to address the manufacturing industry’s skills and labour gap. The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator allows new and existing forklift operators to learn best practices and increase confidence in a virtual environment — all before reaching the warehouse floor.
The multi-award-winning simulator utilizes an existing Raymond forklift — an industry first — by plugging the virtual reality system into the company’s patent-pending sPort, or Simulation Port, so the forklift can be returned for use in the warehouse after education purposes.
“As an industry leader aiming to close the skills and labour gap in the manufacturing sector, we’re honoured that the Manufacturing Leadership Council recognized the Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator as a dynamic solution to these challenges,” said Tony Topencik, senior director of manufacturing operations, Raymond.
“Efficiency and productivity remain at the forefront of our intralogistics solutions, ultimately helping our customers with their daily operations. The material handling industry has experienced exceptional growth in the past few years, so we are always seeking to proactively address any challenges our customers may be facing as a result of that growth.”
Last year, Raymond won an operational excellence leadership award for its work implementing the Toyota Production System (TPS) at its Greene, New York, facility and for the company’s long-standing commitment to improved quality and superior performance.