Apex Bulk Commodities

Story submitted by: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

As the economy seemed to grind to a halt, APEX Bulk Commodities, a bulk transportation company for construction materials, liquids, chemicals, and plastics, needed to continue to grow to stay competitive in its industry.

“With two terminals in San Bernardino County, we needed shop clerks, washers, tire changers and dispatchers to support our operations,” said Mike Siebert, director of maintenance at Apex. Unfortunately, finding and training the right employees was a challenge.

Workforce Solution

When the Business Services Team of the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board contacted Siebert, he discovered a viable long-term solution for Apex.

“The subsidized training employment program (STEP) and On-the-Job Training (OJT) contracts administered by the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board gave us the opportunity to bring in the people we needed,” he said.

Apex utilized the recruiting and screening services through the County Employment Resource Centers to hire 15 personnel.

“For every person we hired through the program, we interviewed 20 to 30 people,” Siebert said. “The County’s staff helped keep the process quick and simple.”

Outcomes & Benefits

A year after the STEP and OJT contracts ended, Apex hired more than half of the employees on a full-time basis.

“After our successful collaboration, we have a strong continuing relationship with the San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board,” he said. “As we see indications that the economy is recovering, we foresee hiring and we plan to do so within the County.”

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