Challenge: With the expansive housing market recovery in 2016, Erickson added a second shift at its facility in Chandler, AZ to build residential framing components to be shipped directly to the builder job sites around the valley. However, with the tight job market at the time, VP of Operations Larry Butts could not maintain a consistent work crew for that shift and projects were not being completed on time.
Solution: Working with the Labor Operations Team, an inmate work crew of 12 was bussed from ASP Phoenix West to their Chandler facility each day to ensure that the second shift was always fully staffed. “They did such a good job,” Larry said, “the day shift guys had to up their game!”
Over the years, another assembly operation was added within the ASPC Lewis prison complex and, prior to Covid, between the two operations 46 inmates were working with Erickson each day and one inmate was hired to work with them after his release. With the limited inmate availability during the pandemic, about 19 inmates are currently working with Ericson at the Lewis Prison operation. Once the crisis has passed they are hoping to resume operations at the pre-Covid levels as the residential construction continues to boom.
“Since Erickson has partnered with ACI in 2016, they have consistently delivered a workforce that is reliable, highly productive, and effective to the overall company performance.”
– Larry Butts, VP of Operations, Erickson Companies