Burchard says Great Falls has supplied the company with a strong and dependable workforce that rivals that of other firms, and many of those recruits have accepted or grown into leadership roles.
Deena Washington, human resources director for ADF International Inc., says her company, a specialty steelmaker responsible for the roof of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and the new stadium being built for the Raiders in Las Vegas, is always on the hunt for skilled welders and fitters for steel fabrication.
Fortunately, Great Falls College-Montana State University offers a certificate of applied science program in welding and fabrication to help keep the pipeline of talent flowing to companies, such as ADF. In fact, the company worked with the college to customize its welding-fitting program to integrate new industry standards.
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Another of the region’s advantages that helps attract and retain top talent is its quality of life.
“The city has a variety of arts and cultural attractions, including several museums and one of the nation’s top western art auctions each spring,” Burchard says. “Great Falls also offers a symphony, a growing concert scene, craft breweries and a range of dining options.”