The Hunt to Fill Jobs Still Difficult


Interview by WLWT TV

Bruce Broxterman, president of Richards Industries was interviewed by Courtis Fuller of WLWT Channel 5 on the difficulty of hiring in the manufacturing industry.

Broxterman Interview

155,000 jobs were created in the United States in November and the primary sectors adding jobs were business, health care and manufacturing. “In a typical manufacturing facility, the starting wage is going to be not less than $15 an hour and they’re going to build up from there” said Bruce Broxterman. “We have a real challenge in the country filling jobs on the manufacturing side of the economy with machinists, general assemblers, general metal workers, in particular”.

More than 75% of manufacturers report a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers and the problem will only get worse. A significant portion of the manufacturing workforce is nearing retirement age leaving more open positions. Part of the problem of filling manufacturing positions is the negative image among young people. It is not considered an exciting or highly technical field.

However, a career in manufacturing offers endless possibilities and opportunities. There will always be a need for products – and for people to product those products. Manufacturers are key players in the global economy, providing quality products the world needs at competitive prices.

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