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How To Break Into an Untapped Workforce
How To Break Into an Untapped Workforce
In the tight labor market, manufacturers are recruiting more workers by offering English classes.
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New shuttle service headed for Devens
Nearly 5,000 people work in Devens and more workers are needed. Without a vehicle, getting to work can be a challenge.
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Job opportunities blossoming under unique Coalition for a Better Acre partnership
Operon partners with Lowell Community Organization to prepare workers for Devens’ career opportunities. It is the type of initiative necessary to satisfy the number of openings in Advanced Medical Device Manufacturing companies. The program moves forward to prepare its next group of students.
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Regulatory Focus
How Will ISO 13485:2016 Impact Your Relationship With Suppliers?
The 2016 revision to ISO 13485 may have profound implications for the medical device industry. The updated
standard will alter the way device makers interact with suppliers, from supplier selection to the management of
supplier relationships.
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Casting your ballot for the manufacturing industry
This year has brought some unpredictable election stories, and as the months tick closer to Election Day in November, voters will be focused on major issues of interest and concern. For the sake of our state’s future economy, let’s hope that manufacturing and its growth get attention from voters and candidates.
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Will Pressures in Medical Manufacturing Reach Your Production Floor?
Manufacturers in the healthcare industry are facing a mix of cost and pricing pressures, from government regulations to changes in how hospitals pay for their goods. The solution: Companies will have to work smarter and more efficiently to keep up.
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For Quality Hires, On-Site Staffing Firms Are Best
It is rare to find a large medical device manufacturing facility today that doesn’t take advantage of temporary labor. As the number of orders for products goes up and down, the demand for workers changes on a daily basis. Temporary workers play a crucial role — creating and inspecting a product and ensuring that orders are filled on time and on budget.
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12-Hour Shifts—Are They the Best Fit for Your Organization?
Is a change in shift scheduling right for your facility and your workers? A staffing expert shares some factors to consider.
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Manufacturing = opportunity
New Hampshire’s Manufactur-ing Week is Oct. 6-9, a time to highlight the world- class manu-facturing companies in our state. However, young people seem averse to getting into the indus-try despite its many benefits.
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In medtech, Massachusetts needs to play catch-up
THE MEDICAL DEVICE manufacturing sector in Massachusetts, by any measure, is doing well. From employment rates and wage growth to innovation and venture opportunities, medical device manufacturing is moving forward.
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Medical device skills training for entry-level workers: Help is on the way
The U.S. medical device and biotechnology industries are booming – but there are some red flags on the horizon. The industry’s biggest convention is the BIO International Conference, held in Philadelphia on June 15-18 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
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Soliciting a Staffing Managed Service Provider in Today’s MedTech Industry
In the world of compliance and risk management, supplier management is garnering much more focus and attention, especially in relation to the pending 2016 update to ISO 13485.
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Medical Device Consortium Meets on Harmonization Initiative
“This consortium of medical device companies and educators is defining skill standards, and is essential in such a cost-competitive marketplace,” said Steve Sawin, CEO of Operon Resource Management.
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Operon CEO on December 2014 Massachusetts Job Numbers
Massachusetts hit an almost 15-year high for annual job growth in 2014 and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.5 percent as the state added 10,900 jobs in December, according to data released Thursday.
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ISO 13485 Certification for Temporary Labor and Staffing Services
Medical device manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to better manage the quality of their supply chain. One approach they’ve taken to improve risk management and increase efficiency is to partner with suppliers who are ISO 13485 certified.
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Operon’s Skills Test Validated by IBM
Lowell, MA, October 15 2014: Operon Resource Management announced today that its Skills Test for reading comprehension was validated by IBM and meets the parameters set by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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Boston needs 100K new workers in manufacturing
Boston, MA, September 26 2014: Massachusetts will need 100,000 new manufacturing workers in the next decade just to keep employment levels where they are today and stay competitive, according to the state’s head of economic development.
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Training program spells out workplace expectations
Worcester, MA, September 7 2014: Operon Resource Management in Lowell provides job training and workforce solutions for healthcare product manufacturers, including medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Steve Sawin, its president and chief executive officer, said he saw reports of poor work ethic across a number of industries and decided to do something about it.
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Manufacturing careers program should expand reach beyond Springfield
Lowell, MA, July 18 2014: The article, “Springfield Technical and Holyoke community colleges launch accelerated manufacturing careers program”, (page D3, July 7, Business Monday), outlines a new program funded by private companies to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs.
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Operon CEO: Massachusetts Manufacturing Industry Gaining Momentum
Lowell, MA, August 14 2014: Steve Sawin, President and CEO of Operon Resource Management, a national staffing company headquartered in Lowell, MA, highlighted the increase in manufacturing jobs in Massachusetts announced today.
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Operon CEO: Schools need to align programs with business needs
State’s jobless rate falls to 5.5%

Lowell, MA, July 18 2014: Steve Sawin, president and CEO of Operon Resource Management, a Lowell-based staffing company that specializes in supporting health-care product manufacturers, said the decline in manufacturing jobs could be attributed to the lack of enough trained and skilled workers to fill open positions at manufacturing facilities.
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Operon CEO on MA Manufacturing Numbers: Mass. unemployment rate drops to 5.5%
Boston, MA, July 17 2014: Manufacturing jobs are available, but a shortage of workers with the necessary skills has
left them unfilled, said Steve Sawin, chief executive of Operon Resource Management, a
Lowell staffing company that caters to manufacturers. Modern manufacturing requires a
deeper and more technically advanced skill set than it has in the past, and many who
currently work in the field are older and retiring.
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Schools need to do more to prepare students for manufacturing jobs
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Boston, MA, July 2 2014: IN THE article “Mass. firms not hitting right spots for workers” (Business, June 25), you outline a study from UMass Dartmouth that states that at least 70 percent of manufacturers in the Commonwealth do not reach out to vocational schools or community colleges to find new workers. As the president and CEO of Operon Resource Management, a provider of specialized job-training solutions for manufacturers of health care products, I’ve seen an exponential growth in the need for qualified workers in advanced manufacturing. But I disagree with the conclusions of this survey.
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Mount Wachusett CC, Shriver Jobs Corps using Lowell firm’s training program
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Lowell, MA, June 4 2014: Operon Resource Management, a provider of health-care production staffing services, recently announced that a training program it produced that focuses on improving employee work ethic is now being integrated into the curricula of two area schools.
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Schools need to do more to prepare students for manufacturing jobs
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Boston, MA, July 2 2014: IN THE article “Mass. firms not hitting right spots for workers” (Business, June 25), you outline a study from UMass Dartmouth that states that at least 70 percent of manufacturers in the Commonwealth do not reach out to vocational schools or community colleges to find new workers. As the president and CEO of Operon Resource Management, a provider of specialized job-training solutions for manufacturers of health care products, I’ve seen an exponential growth in the need for qualified workers in advanced manufacturing. But I disagree with the conclusions of this survey.
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Manufacturing is our future
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February 26 2014: Manufacturing in Central Massachusetts has long been rooted in health care (medical devices, life sciences, biomedical, etc.). In fact, if you’re at Mount Wachusett Community College’s Devens campus, you don’t have to travel far to be at the doorstep of many health care manufacturers, including Bionostics, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Nypro, MagneMotion, Integra Companies, Johnson Matthey, Celltreat, Integrated Process Technologies, and PCI Synthesis.
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JOB TRAINING FOR LIFE SCIENCES GETS A BOOST
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Lowell, MA, February 7 2014: After several months of intense review and assessment of its specialized on-boarding program by an independent, global agency, Operon Resource Management, headquartered in Lowell, Massachusetts, announced that the company has been awarded ISO 13485 certification. This new certification, a rarity for staffing firms, provides medical device and healthcare product manufacturers a level of trust that Operon’s trained workforce is uniquely qualified for the highly regulated environment the Device Industry often requires.
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ISO 13485 Certification in the Staffing Industry
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Those in the medical device manufacturing field are very familiar with the importance of ISO 13485 certification. Here’s how it can provide value to those in the staffing world. ISO 13485 applies to organizations that design, develop, produce, install and service medical devices as well as those that provide related services.
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Governor touts labor innovation,reinvention in Lowell visit
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Lowell, MA, February 5 2014: Coming off a quarter in which the state grew a robust 5.5 percent, and a year in which it added 54,000 jobs, Gov. Deval Patrick was in Lowell pushing for more on Tuesday. The governor visited two separate quadrants of the Wannalancit Mills during the afternoon, first to formally announce the awarding of three $150,000 grants and later to participate in a roundtable discussion about job training and workforce development.
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New school of thought for teaching medical device skills
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Boston, MA, February, 4 2014: When both Governor Deval Patrick and President Barack Obama focus on the same topic — job and skills training — as they did last week in their major addresses, it’s a moment to take notice.Bringing the issue close to home, we can take a look at the medical device sector. The US medical device industry and, by extension, the device companies in Massachusetts, have a lot to be proud of. More than half of the leading global medical device companies are based in the United States, employing more than 400,000 Americans. It’s also one of the few US manufacturing industries to consistently export more than it imports.
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Operon invited to sit on Harmonization Advisory Board
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Staffing company recognized for their contribution!
Lowell, MA, May 15, 2013: As reported on 26 March 2013, a national harmonization of skill and knowledge standards for the medical device industry was launched. Operon’s early contribution earns them a larger role as a member of the Advisory Board. As part of a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) a Medical Device Skills Standards Consortium has been established. One of the purposes of the grant is to bring together a group of industry experts and educators to lead a national effort to develop training and expand workforce skills across the $500 billion biosciences industry.
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Staffing Company Focuses on Work Ethic of New Hires
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A chronic problem in companies across the country
Lowell, MA, April 8, 2013: Operon Resource Management announces the release of its new orientation program that addresses work ethic of entry-level workers. The program is complemented by a training module and related graphics that are posted throughout the manufacturing facilities in which they operate.
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MWCC & Operon partner to put people to work!
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College reaches out to Staffing Company as a natural link to jobs!
Lowell, MA, April 3, 2013: Operon announces the formation of an informal partnership with Mount Wachusett Community College (MWCC) to help many with inadequate work skills get jobs in the Medical Device Manufacturing sector!
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Operon Participates in Medical Device Standards Process
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Helping to Create Jobs & Improve U.S. Competitiveness
Bloomington, IN, March 26, 2013: As part of a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) a Medical Device Skills Standards consortium has been established. One of the purposes of the grant is to bring together a group of industry experts and educators to lead a national effort to develop training and expand workforce skills across the $500 billion biosciences industry.
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Operon Makes Key Senior Staff Addition
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VP of Strategic Accounts complements senior management team.
Lowell, MA, March 4, 2013: Operon Resource Management, a service provider of manufacturing labor and related support for Medical Device & Life Sciences companies today announced a key management appointment. Catherine Penrod, a veteran of the staffing industry was appointed Vice President of Strategic Accounts.
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