Manufacturing companies in St Marys, Elk County are looking to fill hundreds of positions employers are having a hard time filling.
The city is facing an employee shortage in the industry responsible for powering the local economy.
ComTec, a manufacturing firm specializing in powder material, has been around for nearly 30 years, and the founder wants to hire more people.
“It’s always difficult to find employees,” founder David DeLullo said. “It’s difficult to find skilled and employees as well as unskilled employees.”
DeLullo said he desires to hire workers with a hard work ethic, but doesn’t think enough people know what St. Marys has to offer.
“We offer competitive wages, whether it’s unskilled or skilled,”DeLullo said. “We have people here making up to six figures, so there’s potential.”
Brent Matheson, a product engineer from St Marys, said considers himself fortunate to work in his hometown, but understands why getting more people to the area is a hard sell.
“Not a lot going on in this area, in general, a lot of people get kind of bored,” Matheson said.
Folks from St Marys Chamber of Commerce teamed up with manufacturing employers to form an industrial committee, in hopes of attracting and keeping good workers.
“I think if you’re willing to work hard, you can get somewhere and make a living in a good area for sure,” Matheson said.
The Industrial Committee meets Wednesday, September 21 at 12:30 p.m. to address the employee shortage in the manufacturing field.