BIG BEAR LAKE, CA – April 14, 2011 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Big Bear Choppers, a California manufacturer that designs, engineers and crafts motorcycles, retained 25 jobs through a Layoff Aversion Program with assistance from the San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board (WIB). The program, issued by the WIB through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provides technical support for manufacturers aiming to retain their employees through targeted strategies.
“This program helped us put forth a more strategic action plan,” says Kevin Alsop, Owner of Big Bear Choppers. “These improvements allowed us to save jobs and promote growth.”
Big Bear Choppers is located in California’s 41st Congressional District represented by Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-CA). Founded in 1998, the company initially started as a repair center and evolved into a motorcycle manufacturer. As business progressed, the organization needed to develop more efficient operations to retain jobs and increase production levels.
Vincent McCoy, Director of the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center and Big Bear Chopper’s regional business consultant, connected the organization with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting® (CMTC), a private, nonprofit corporation which assists Southern California manufacturers to become more competitive. Big Bear Choppers displayed such a strong potential for growth that Jeff Mathieu, City Manager of Big Bear Lake, joined in the discussions.
CMTC additionally made recommendations on how the company could become more lean. The WIB agreed with CMTC’s proposals and provided funding for the recommended projects. CMTC’s consultants helped Big Bear Choppers recognize bottlenecks in the production process discovered through Value Stream Mapping, created action plans to address weaknesses and implemented a review process to ensure sustainability.
“We’re thankful we had the opportunity to address the issues that critically impact our profitability,” adds Alsop.
For more information about Big Bear Choppers, call 909-878-4340 or visit www.bigbearchoppers.com. For more information about the San Bernardino WIB, call 909-387-9886 or visit www.sbcounty.gov/wib. For more information about CMTC, call 310-263-3018 or visit www.cmtc.com.
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A private, nonprofit corporation established in 1992, CMTC is an affiliate of NIST MEP, under the Federal Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, a network of more than 60 centers across the country that provide assistance to small, medium and large manufacturers. CMTC serves Fresno to San Diego/Imperial County. For more information, visit www.cmtc.com.