Press Releases

BERKS Group Announces Acquisition.

Kansas City, MO – January 12, 2022 – BERKS Group announces the acquisition of 180 Skills. 180 Skills is focused on skills-based training to help manufacturers increase productivity and decrease turnover.

“This is an exciting addition to BERKS education technology platform,” said Doug Krebs, Operating Partner, BERKS Group. “It fits perfectly with our goal to be a leader in innovative on-line education tools for business and individuals who want to grow.”

180 has one of the world’s largest libraries of on-line skills courses for manufacturing. Courses range from technical training to specific compliance and regulatory content. The course work provides powerful tools for employers, schools, workforce boards and associations to build their people.

“We are passionate about providing learning opportunities that help both people and businesses be more productive,” said Joe Kitterman, Founder, 180 Skills. “Our partnership with BERKS allows us to expand our reach and get these important learning tools into the hands of more people across the country.”

The BERKS education technology platform already includes Valor Manufacturing Training. Valor is delivering interactive training content for companies in the food and precision manufacturing industries.

“Both Valor and 180’s training solutions are helping companies get their people trained faster, providing critical safety and compliance learning and ultimately increases productivity for their clients.” said Dr. Nate Walts, General Manager, BERKS Group.

BERKS Group Announces Investment in Valor Manufacturing Training

St Joseph, MO October 5, 2018 – NPG/BERKS Group announces an investment in Valor Manufacturing Training. Valor is focused on closing the skills gap that has left thousands of manufacturing jobs open across the country. The Valor solution helps manufacturers solve today’s skills shortage by providing industry standard digital training designed to train new hires. The first area of focus is from Mechanical Maintenance.

“Essentially, a company can hire somebody with no experience in a particular field and the company has the means and the tools to train them while they are doing their one-the-job training. It’s a more formal process this way.” said Lute Atieh, of Valor Manufacturing Training. “We have the curriculum, the content,” he said. “It’s all interactive, engaging. We host it all and we just teach the company how to administer this to their new staff or staff that want to move up in the company.”

The programs are web-based and interactive for computers or tablets. The software is simulated, interactive training modules around the manufacturing spaces. Creating the types of needed programs can be a large expense for companies to incorporate on their own.

“This is an excellent example of how education technology can help companies get people qualified for good paying manufacturing jobs faster. The impact of this type of program is exactly why BERKS Group is investing in this high-growth area,” said Doug Krebs, operating partner at BERKS Group.