TV Recycler ElectroniCycle Inc. Awarded Job Training Contract




GARDNER, MASSACHUSETTS — ElectroniCycle Inc. announced today that it has been selected by the Massachusetts Division of Employment and Training to provide job training in electronics repair and reuse. The grant for $83,653 will help ElectroniCycle provide technical training to two thirds of its 30 employees.

Said DET Director Jack King, “The Workforce Training Fund helps Massachusetts companies such as ElectroniCycle compete and thrive in a global economy. It’s easier to achieve a competitive edge when you have a highly skilled workforce ready to get the job done.”

ElectroniCycle Inc., the Northeast's largest TV and post-consumer electronics repair and recycling organization, has achieved the highest repair and reuse rates in the electronics recycling industry, allowing the company to cut recycling costs to government and industry without compromising environmental policy.

"Every electronic component we reuse reduces the cost of recycling," said Robin Ingenthron, ElectroniCycle vice-president. "Technical skill is our biggest limitation." The state was looking for companies to provide workforce training. "It turns out the people we are hiring on our recycling line are exactly the people whom the state wants to offer new skills to."

ElectroniCycle will use the funds to teach employees more about the TVs, radios, computers, and monitors they are tearing apart for recycling. Employees will first learn the names and functions of different components -- many of which can be tested and reused as replacement parts. Employees will have the option to continue training, test parts, and even become journeymen or "Master Technicians".

Dick Peloquin, founder and President of ElectroniCycle, is a 30 year veteran of the TV repair industry. "We're proud to be offering our staff ways to improve themselves. And we may even make money doing it."

"I've trained many TV repairpeople, and one of the scariest things was letting them work on an actual customer's appliance," says Peloquin. "Here we have thousands of repairable appliances to practice on, and no one will shout at you if you goof." TVs and computers which are successfully repaired are resold in joint programs with New England charities, such as Goodwill Industries, or newer "digital divide" programs such as World Computer Exchange.

Don Cressin of the National Electronics Service Dealers Association (NESDA) applauded the joint effort. "Parts ,new or used, are getting hard to come by. This is a chance for the service industry to train future techs, to supply affordable parts, and to keep useable items out of the waste stream. It's a win-win for everyone involved!"

Yadji Moussa, an African immigrant on ElectroniCycle's staff, said he was proud to learn more about electronics salvage. "My first month on the job, I tried to save one hundred machines" said Moussa. "I was thinking, American people are crazy, they throw away sewing machines, typewriters, and even computers!" Moussa's dream is to start his own import-export company for fixed up appliances. "DVD is far away for my brothers in Africa, they will be happy with an old VCR."


For more information, contact:
Robin Ingenthron

President
ElectroniCycle / American Retroworks, Inc.
802-382-8500 or 800-829-5082
robin@electronicycle.com
Web site: http://www.retroworks.com; www.electronicycle.com
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