Manufacturers talk solutions to hiring problems

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More than 50 people from area manufacturing companies gathered in DuBois Tuesday for a manufacturing industry forum.

“We really need them, the machinists, the forklift drivers, the people who work out in the shop, we really, really need them,” HR Manager at OCI Division in Brookville Jacki Rupert said.

Rupert’s company, like many other manufacturing companies across the area and nation, is struggling to find workers to fill their jobs.

“We have positions that nobody’s working at so everybody else has to work even more hours,” she said.

Right now they are trying to fill around 4 open jobs.

At today’s forum, hosted by NWIRC, manufacturers talked about how the low interest in their jobs doesn’t match with the high demand for manufactured products

“Orders are up, production is up, output is up, employment is up, and so manufacturers are challenged to be be able to meet their customer demand,” CEO and president of NWIRC Robert Zaruta said.

Another problem is once the companies have workers, they often have trouble keeping them.

“We need to get a handle on it, get a jumpstart to find the people, and once we have them, find out what they need in order to stay with us,” Rupert said.

One way for worker retention is to let employees know their value in the company. This includes letting them know how they contribute to the overall mission and offering opportunities for growth.

The list below has some of the companies in attendance and links to where you can learn more about their open jobs.

Area Manufacturing Job Openings

Alpha Sintered  Metals – Ridgway, Pa.

Beverage-Air Co. – Brookville, Pa.

Brownlee Lumber – Brookville, Pa.

Comtec Manufacturing – St. Marys

Domtar – Johnsonburg

Embassy Powdered Metals – Emporium, Pa.

JJ Kennedy Inc.

Miller Welding and Machine Co. – Brookville, Pa.

MPP Innovation – St. Marys, Pa., Falls Creek, Pa.

OCI Division – Brookville, Pa.

SECO – Reynoldsville, Pa.

Sintergy – Reynoldsville, Pa.

St. Marys Box Co.

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