PEORIA, IL -- July 12, 2016 

Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS), the single source for optimizing assets enterprise-wide through manufacturing maintenance, industrial parts repair and world-class IT managed solutions, today announced the results of their technical maintenance training study. Results indicated that optimized maintenance training is "very relevant" to achieving operational excellence and can generate a ROI as high as 127%.

The results also showed maintenance technical training was relevant to improvements in areas such as proactive maintenance, Mean Time to Repair (MTTR), internal promotions and employee retention.

"This study affirms our contention that technical training is key to the resurgence of manufacturing by counteracting the current skills gap," said Jeff Owens, CEO of Advanced Technology Services. "Training not only serves to attract top talent and provide a very strong retention factor, but also has a positive effect on manufacturing efficiency and productivity."

The intensive study, comprising 13 months of data from eFactoryPro, ATS' Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS), was based on the use of the ATS SkillPoint maintenance training solution within manufacturing facilities. The study included 67 manufacturing sites and 1,189 maintenance technicians.

The key findings of the study indicated that 40 hours of training per technician per year generated a 9.4% increase in proactive performance, a 17% increase in internal promotion, a 2.75-hour average decrease in MTTR, a 12.9 % increase in technician utilization, and a 1.0 percent increase in employee retention.

Advanced Technology Services, Inc. (ATS) introduced SkillPoint maintenance training to improve the effectiveness of their internal employees as well as provide training to external customers. The training solution includes instructor-led and hands-on simulation training that covers basic skills for maintenance technicians, including electrical theory, hydraulics, PLC and CNC maintenance.

About Advanced Technology Services:
Advanced Technology Services, Inc. helps businesses run better by improving the productivity and profitability through production equipment maintenance, parts repair, and IT support services. Industries that ATS serves include, but are not limited to: Consumer Packaged Goods, Automotive, Heavy Equipment, Oil & Gas, Building Products, Aerospace, Aviation and Industrial Components. ATS is headquartered in Peoria, IL with offices and services centers located across the North America and the United Kingdom. For more information, please visit the ATS website at: www.advancedtech.com or on Twitter @AdvancedTechATS.

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