Retooling people management in heavy industry

Old economy firms no longer need to feel they’ve been left standing at the station as the high-tech economy leaves them behind
By David Brown
|CHRR, Guide to HR Technology|Last Updated: 12/07/2007

High tech they’re not. Nor do they want to be.

But staying true to core manufacturing competencies has not stopped TrentonWorks Ltd. from using modern business applications to overhaul the way they manage their people by putting in a new human resource management system.

Being both a manufacturer of railway cars and located in Trenton, Nova Scotia, two hours east of Halifax combined to put one big obstacle in their way. They did not have the IT resources required to run a modern HRMS, and they had little chance of finding them anytime soon.