Sunday, April 21,
— 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
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
"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
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