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Rockford area manufacturers short on staff


We often hear stories of people not being able to find jobs. Some manufacturing companies in the Rockford area have trouble finding employees.

When the recession hit, many factory jobs were lost.

Now that businesses like Rockford's Clinkenbeard begin to rebuild their staff, they are running into a shortage of skilled workers available to fill new positions.

Clinkenbeard General Manager Steve Helfer says "We do get a lot of applicants that aren't qualified. What we do is try to find those that have the best looking skills we can find."

The company plans to expand by 30 percent next year. Managers need to hire to keep up with higher production goals.  Experts like Wayne Perrett, Owner and Founder of Strategic H.R. Advisors say that part of expansion can be a problem. "You'd think 'well that's a great part of the economic recovery that we want to see' but they can't do that without skilled people," says Perrett.  

Helfer explains you don't need a four year degree to land a good paying manufacturing job. Just a solid high school diploma and a little extra skill training will work. "Go to your local community college, take some of the courses, then learn about manufacturing. If you're willing to be dedicated, willing to work, willing to go through classes, take classes at night, you're the kind of person we're looking for."

On average, manufacturing programs only take about a year to complete.


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