Manufacturers seeking to change perceptions

Northeast Ohio manufacturers continue to face challenges when it comes to finding both the general and skilled labor needed to meet production demands.

Companies in this industry are facing a skills gap, which refers to the difference between the number of employees who are aging out of their jobs and the number of new job candidates ready and willing to take those positions. And that gap is significant.

According to a 2015 TeamNEO report that focused on Summit County manufacturing jobs, 72.5 percent of tool and die makers are older than 45, and the numbers are similar for industrial machinery mechanics, chemical plant and system operators, and more.

Click here to read Adam Burroughs’ complete article from Smart Business as to how Ohio is changing perspectives. 

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