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New leadership at northern California's Tri Tool is good for California

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 22, 2016

CMTA Champion manufacturer Tri Tool, out of Ranch Cordova, announced this week that Dr. George J. Wernette, President and Jerri Wernette, Executive Vice President, will be turning over the day-to-day operations of their company to their son George J. (Joe) Wernette III as Chief Executive Officer.

This is a great opportunity for CMTA to congratulate Joe and the entire Tri Tool operation. As seen previously in our Champion recognition video, this company embodies the best that manufacturing has to offer -- innovation, technology and tremendous opportunities for its workers. Joe's ascension gives us great hope that the company, and its supply chains, will continue to grow in the region. 

Joe has been with the company for 30 years and according to Jerri Wernette, "has had every job imagineable." Joe has established ground-breaking implementation of mass production of precision tool bits, taking a lead role in the development of next-generation orbital welding equipment, and most recently his work on corporate restructuring and his plan to usher in an unprecedented level of advanced product development.

With 120 workers and tremendous innovation, delivering exceptional machining and welding equipment for customers worldwide, Tri Tool, along with its new CEO Joe Wernette, is a gem for northern California and represents exactly why our policymakers must find ways to help these companies compete and grow in California.

 

 





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To grow, small manufacturers never stop training

Posted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Jan. 28, 2015

Manufacturers are the lifeblood of our middle class and our economy. This week a Sacramento tool manufacturer of 43 years, Tri Tool Inc., testified alongside CMTA about their phenomenal company growth and the need for help in training their workers. It sheds a light on their importance to our community and their need for skills training -- in 1972 as well as 2015.

 

Good afternoon ladies and gentleman of the Employment Training Panel,

My name is George J. Wernette III. I am a Co-Owner and Vice President of Professional Development for Tri Tool Incorporated. We are a family owned and operated company. Our manufacturing facility is located just up the street in Rancho Cordova.

Tri Tool was founded in 1972 by my father, Dr. George J. Wernette. He was a local general surgeon, who teamed up with a welder and a machinist to design, build and sell the first Tri Tool!

The original tool was designed for the construction of the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant. It was to address quality, training needs and concerns of their current program. They needed ways to test and train their welders to make that perfect weld.

These tools were built in a garage in Placerville and sold from the back room of George’s medical office down off Mission Avenue, Carmichael, CA.

Dr. Wernette has always believed in making the world a safer place. He took on this venture to educate and train the industries who have hazardous chemicals and gases with no leak applications, on how to make a safe weld by having precision weld preparation.

The industries that we serve include everything from geothermal power plants, solar, hydroelectric, nuclear power, oil and gas processing, pharmaceutical, national defense, aerospace and many other companies.

Generally speaking, Tri Tool gives customers the ability to have a precision machine shop in remote locations, either thousands of feet under water or hundreds of feet in the air. You do not have to transport the work to the machine shop but the machine shop can go to the job.

Over the last 40 years, Tri Tool has entered new markets and has invented new and better portable precision tools. This requires a broad range of education and training to operate new and advanced computer software, to better manufacturing processes for efficiency and to focus on producing and operating safely. Safety is our number one core value.

Tri Tool is a vertically orientated company that engineers, manufactures, assembles, and sells all of their products right from California. We sell the products globally and also have an on-site machining services company to do training and contract work for customers that do not want to purchase the equipment and train their own people.

My father has always loved the fact that he gives local families opportunities for a quality job and livelihood while being productive in society and making a difference in the world.

We as a company, try and do everything we can for our employees. However, it consistently becomes harder as a California company to be globally competitive when quality work can be outsourced for a cheaper price. We are proud to produce the finest quality tools that can last forever.

That is why, I am so amazed and thankful for what you, the Employment Training Panel is doing for companies like ours. We are able to give our employees a better opportunity to be more knowledgeable and capable; therefore, having a lifetime of prosperity.

As I quote Henry Ford “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry Ford

Thank you ETP and our partner CMTA for this opportunity to give a little background on who and what Tri Tool is trying to do for our employees.
 





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