Organization: AutoGuide Mobile Robots
Country: United States
Year Founded: 2018
Number of Employees: 60+
Innovation Class: Business & Management Innovation
Innovation Subclass: Social Good
Re-skilling helped AutoGuide ﬁll labor shortages and positioned dislocated coal miners for future career success.
AutoGuide Mobile Robots, a Massachusetts-based developer of autonomous mobile robots, and its premier integrator, Heartland Automation, have hired 25 former coal miners to ﬁll labor shortages. The displaced miners were retrained and graduated from the Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville, Ky. Students train on state-of-the-art CNC equipment and are taught soft skills for professional development. AutoGuide was acquired by Teradyne in October 2019 for potentially $165 million.