Winnipeg, Manitoba -- November 18, 2018 -- A dealer/collision repair facility owner in Westman, Manitoba has been named the province's rural employer of the year.

Ken Forman, who owns Forman Mazda, Forman Forman Honda and Forman Collision, received the award during the Apprenticeship Manitoba Awards of Distinction Honouring Excellence in Training & Education, which happened in Winnipeg on November 1.

During his acceptance speech, Forman said he was particularly touched that the nomination had come from his staff, who felt his efforts to find new talent and provide apprentices with training and support were worthy of recognition, particularly as Forman faced an uphill struggle to find apprentices.

When Forman Collision was founded in 2009, Manitoba's auto repair industry faced a severe labour crisis, as the industrial growth of Alberta's oilsands drew many industry professionals away from Manitoba. Since 2015, Forman has employed seven auto repair apprentices, all of whom remain with his business.

 

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