Laitram manufacturing of Elmwood and Southeastern University in Hammond announce plan to address workforce gaps

The Laitram manufacturing company, based in Elmwood, and Southeastern Louisiana Univeristy’s engineering and technology program in Hammond have created a paid internship and financial support program for students as part of an effort to address workforce gaps the company faces. Laitram has hired five interns and announced plans to donate $5,000 annually to the school to offset the costs of senior engineering projects.

The 1,700-employee, global company makes seafood processing equipment, conveyor belt systems and industrial stair systems. An announcement from the Greater New Orleans, Inc., economic development group, which helped arrange the partnership between the company and university, said the group hopes to cultivate other, similar industry-education arrangements to alleviate workforce shortage areas.

“Our partnership provides students with the opportunity to work in an advanced manufacturing environment where they can apply what they learn in school to real life problems and opportunities for improvement,” said Franck LaBiche, director of human resources at Laitram, in an announcement about the collaboration.

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