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CEO Stefano Cazzaniga says LC America will see rev aining its workers received. 55 N o rt h C a r o l i N a E Co N o m i C D E v E lo p m E N t G u i D E workforce needs are varied, they have one thing in common: They don't have to spend a nickel on training. The state's Customized Training Program pays the tab, and college faculty and staff teach most classes. Regional trainers stretch funds by traveling to multiple campuses. Colleges hire third-party instructors only when needed. LC America, which has about 20 employees in Colfax, received a three-year training plan. It included instruction on food safety, lean production, quality control, technology, leadership — and forklifts. Classes range from two hours to an entire day, and most classes are held on-site. The training plan also addressed LC America's multicultural environment by weaving the company's values into training and teaching employees to speak a little Italian. "There was something for everybody," says Cazzaniga, "We found an environment that was very welcoming and very supportive. That was the diference in making our choice." who wants employees to grow with the company. The small Guilford County town feels like home to LC America, Cazzaniga says. "We found an environment that was very welcoming and very supportive. That was the difference in making our choice." N.C. Department of Commerce, which arranges customized workforce training, led the charge to bring the snack-maker to the state. They connected the company with Winston-Salem-based BB&T Corp., which fnanced the factory rehab. While its training program is ending, LC America's relationship with GTCC may not be over, Cazzaniga says. "I think [more training is] something we have to discuss, but it will be very possible." He has reason to continue. In LC America's frst full year — 2013 — revenue reached $2.5 million. He's anticipating a massive increase this year. "We're farther down the road than we would have been without the training." — Peter Anderson

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