State of Texas Awards Lauren the 2008 Current Workforce Award

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Lauren Engineers & Constructors was chosen by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as the 2008 Current Workforce Award Recipient, which acknowledges Lauren's dedication to workforce development in the state of Texas.

receiving this award is a great honor, one which highlights the immense time and energy that the company invested in developing a strong training program.

Lauren Engineers & Constructors was chosen by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as the 2008 Current Workforce Award Recipient, which acknowledges Lauren's dedication to workforce development in the state of Texas.

Each year, local workforce development boards nominate exceptional employers in their area for TWC's statewide Awards of Excellence, and Workforce Solutions of West Central submitted Lauren's name for consideration. The state offers awards in four categories: Future Workforce, Transitional Workforce, Current Workforce, and Employer of the Year. Competing against companies nominated in 27 other districts throughout the state, Lauren was chosen as the sole recipient of the 2008 Current Workforce Award.

Lauren's unique approach to training helped secure this lofty award. Specifically, Lauren's Welder Training - which has achieved national recognition through publications such as The American Welding Journal - helped Lauren stand out due to its one-of-a-kind approach to fast-track training for welders.

Regarding this award, Lauren's Chief People Officer, Kevin Porter, commented that "receiving this award is a great honor, one which highlights the immense time and energy that the company invested in developing a strong training program."

Cleve Whitener, Lauren's President and CEO, added that "a strong partnership with Workforce Solutions of West Texas has been the foundation to developing a successful training program."

The award was received on Thursday, December 4th, at the Texas Workforce Commission's Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.

From the conference brochure, below is a description of Lauren's outstanding achievements which helped to secure this award.

Lauren Engineers and Constructors Inc. in Abilene, an international design/build contractor, has expanded operations, increased production, and secured larger, more lucrative contracts by customizing workers' skills. The company serves the power, chemical, and refining industries and is in its third year of a successful partnership with Workforce Solutions of West Central Texas (West Central Texas) on an in-house training program to address the demand for welders. Training was made possible this past year through a $26,325 grant from West Central Texas' Workforce Investment Fund, designed specifically to provide training for small and medium businesses. The company, which started in 1984 and now employs over 1000 individuals, helped develop the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) pilot program that graduated the first class of MSSC-certified manufacturing workers in the nation. This community-oriented company has provided information on high-wage careers to more than 800 local high school students and has sponsored events for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity and other community organizations.

ABOUT LAUREN
Lauren is a Design/Build contractor serving the Alternative Energy, Polymers, Power, Pulp & Paper, Refining, Special Metals and Materials Handling markets. With offices throughout the US and Canada, Lauren provides Engineering, Procurement and Construction services to industrial customers worldwide. As the EPC contractor for the Nevada Solar One Power Project and as a Top 400 Contractor, Lauren is known as the premier contractor for Concentrated Solar Power facilities in the US. For more information about Lauren, please visit us online at http://www.laurenec.com.

For more information regarding this award, please contact Jody Lee, Director of Strategic Development (information below).

Contact
Jody Lee
(325) 518-2961
Jody.Lee @ laurenec.com

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