Each of its migrant trainees, who are deployed to Japan through JITCO, will be given employment contracts ranging from six months to a maximum of three years, and would be guaranteed to receive the prevailing minimum wage in Japan and protection from its labor standards laws.
Langomez claimed a Filipino worker deployed under JITCO could easily afford to pay their preparatory fees once they receive their first pay check since they usually earn an average of 80,000 Japanese yen a month or equivalent to around P29,000.
Jitco purchases its raw material, as well as some melamine panels, from a variety of major panel producers including Weyerhaeuser, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper and Temple Inland.
In January, Jitco completed the installation of a $1.4 million Anthon angle saw system in the company's 50,000-square-foot facility located in the shadow of a huge Steelcase plant, one of Jitco's best customers.
Since its installation, Jitco has gone from having 16 production employees to six while tripling production capacity, Jay Best said.
Optimization software supplied by Anthon allows Jitco to balance cutting time and waste factor issues.
"If you improve your yield by one percent, that decreases the cost of goods by one percent," he said, adding that those types of savings quickly add up when one considers the large volume of panels a company like Jitco purchases in a year.
Sometimes, Leo Best added, Jitco must choose between cutting a piece in the fastest possible time as opposed to doing so with the least possible waste.
When Wood & Wood Products visited, Jitco was preparing to process an order of small parts, which would be time consuming to complete.