AFL Enters Year Three with Operational Workforce Program

Spartanburg, SC – AFL, a leading manufacturer of fiber optic cable, equipment and accessories is continuing its Operational Workforce Program into 2020 with 14 students from Byrnes High School joining the program in January. Through a partnership with Spartanburg Community College (SCC), the training program will offer these students an introduction to manufacturing. Classes are provided by SCC professors at Byrnes High School.

“With competition for a talented workforce at an all-time high, this program provides an entrance point for our younger generation,” commented Ryan Burns, human resources director for AFL. “We are able to train students who are eager to learn about manufacturing and jumpstart their career.”

AFL pioneered the first Operational Workforce Program in early 2018 and have since fully employed six students who graduated from the program.    

Burns continued, “The training we provide also creates an awareness of who we are, the impact we have in our markets, with our customers and in our community.”

AFL began operations in Spartanburg County in 1984, manufacturing Optical Ground Wire, a fiber optic cable found on transmission lines. Since then AFL has expanded its product portfolio to include additional fiber optic cable, connectors, fiber management systems, test and inspection equipment, education, training, services and more.

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About AFL
Founded in 1984, AFL is an international manufacturer providing end-to-end solutions to the energy, service provider, enterprise and industrial markets as well as several emerging markets. The company’s products are in use in over 130 countries and include fiber optic cable and hardware, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectivity, test and inspection equipment, fusion splicers and training. AFL also offers a wide variety of services supporting data center, enterprise, wireless and outside plant applications.
Headquartered in Spartanburg, SC, AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit Follow us on LinkedInTwitter, and “like us” on Facebook. Review our blog or subscribe to our bi-monthly e-newsletter.
Ryan Burns
Human Resources Director

Corie Culp
Public Relations Manager