Devin Minter graduated from the 11-week Delaware Food Works L.O.G.I.C. (Logistics, Operations, General Warehousing and Inventory Control) class in July. Since graduation, he has been thriving at Pemco Lighting Products in Newport.
Devin works full-time at the lighting company and is responsible for pulling orders and inventory. The training he received through L.O.G.I.C. helped for both inventory and organizing purposes at Pemco.
As part of the 11-week training program, Devin and his classmates had the opportunity to become OSHA-10 and forklift certified. They learned how to operate a variety of warehouse equipment and focused on topics such as customer service, inventory, receiving, picking, packing, quality control and more.
Perhaps most importantly, L.O.G.I.C. helped get his foot in the door at Pemco. He says he doesn’t think he would have been able to get the job without the support of the L.O.G.I.C. team.
“I would probably still be working a temp service and trying to find a place to call my home,” he admits.
Devin describes L.O.G.I.C. as a “great learning experience and a great atmosphere.” He continues, “They push you, even after you graduate… they are rooting for you.”
He works Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Pemco. He loves his schedule as it allows him to also run a small landscaping business on the side.
Pemco is a great place to work he says. “It’s a good environment. Everyone comes in with a good attitude… everyone smiles, everyone is happy. I have not seen one person with an attitude.”
In the future Devin hopes to be a small business owner. “In three years, I see myself running my own landscaping company. It’s all about advancement and working for myself,” he explains.
The next L.O.G.I.C. class begins Monday, January 13, and Devin’s advice to the students, “Everything taught is going to help you in the real world. Pay attention, learn, keep a good attitude and you will go far. Apply yourself. Stay focused. Don’t let anybody deter you from what you are trying to do. You are here to learn to get a good paying job.”
Devin is thankful for the opportunity to attend the L.O.G.I.C. program. “The Food Bank is a great place,” he says. “Everyone here is great. I just love being here – it feels like home.”
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