EKCEP Helps 23 Graduate from Welding Training Class for New Pikeville Company SilverLiner

A group of Eastern Kentuckians now has the chance to start a new career after graduating from training for a new manufacturing company coming to the region.

SilverLiner, a new custom tanker truck manufacturing company set to open in Pikeville, Ky., in late 2018-early 2019, announced its planned opening in the fall of 2017.

Shortly after the announcement, SilverLiner owner Chris Tomlinson realized he needed help finding the nearly 50 qualified welders to hire to be able to start production when his facility opened. That’s when he turned to the employer services offered at the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP).

“We were able to help Chris quickly find candidates with a good background in welding. At the same time, we set up a multi-week training class at the Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) and the Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) for those candidates so they could be well versed in the types of work they’d be expected to do once SilverLiner opens its doors,” said EKCEP Industry Liaison Trish Adams at the HCTC graduation.

Graduates from the HCTC class include:

  • Derek Coots
  • Cory Brock
  • Colten Fields
  • Brandon Cornett
  • Dalton Blevins
  • William Campbell
  • Harley Franks
  • Josh Day
  • Jason Hall
  • Alex Francis
  • Josh Davis

Graduates from the BSCTC class include:

  • Black Bailey
  • Chris Compton
  • James Compton
  • Adam Crum
  • Aaron Grimm
  • Matt Hinkle
  • Keith James
  • Ryan Justice
  • Brent O’Bryan
  • Dakota Scott
  • Acie Williams
  • Morris Wireman

Adams added that EKCEP was able to provide around $100,000 in funding for the training, boots, tools, and supplies for the classes.

“It’s a wonderful day when we get to see these guys come out of this training with the guarantee of working with a new, local company in the area,” Adams said. “We’re very proud we were able to partner up with the colleges and get these guys out into the workforce.”

The next SilverLiner training cohort will begin classes on August 20, Adams said, adding that anyone who is interested in applying should send their résumé to silverliner@ekcep.org.

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EKCEP, a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in Hazard, Ky., serves the citizens of 23 Appalachian coalfield counties. The agency provides an array of workforce development services, administers the Hiring Our Miners Everyday (H.O.M.E.) program for dislocated coal miners and their spouses, and is the White House-designated lead organization for the federal TechHire designation for Eastern Kentucky. Learn more about us at http://www.ekcep.org, http://www.jobsight.org, and http://www.facebook.com/ekcep.