Changing Workforce / Career Development

Metal manufacturing businesses face workforce shortage

By WSAW (Warsau, WI)

May 10, 2016

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Central Wisconsin is not facing a shortage of jobs, but some local manufacturing businesses are facing a shortage of candidates.

President of Lemke Industrial Machine Dave Pflieger said the demand for employees is continuing to increase, and the several metal manufacturing companies in the area are competing for a limited number of qualified candidates.

"If you asked our membership, the biggest obstacle to growth is employees going forward," Pflieger said.

Northcentral Wisconsin Workforce Development Board Business Director and Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturer's Alliance administrative chair Derek Heikkinen added that 40% of workers in these fields will be retiring in the next seven to 10 years.

Read the full story at wsaw.com.