Changing Workforce / Career Development

Upstate NY manufacturers have job openings, but need skilled workers to apply

By WRVO (Oswego, NY)

Aug 08, 2017

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Upstate New York, like the rest of the country, has suffered through decades of job losses in manufacturing. But some manufacturing companies in the Mohawk Valley and Southern Tier can’t find enough skilled workers to fill job openings.

At a manufacturing roundtable at Revere Copper Products in Rome, the companies represented ranged from having a handful of employees to around 2,000. They produce a variety of products including forklifts, cyber security software, military cookware, safety equipment and even beer. Some companies, like Revere, have been around for more than 200 years. The roundtable was hosted by Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-New Hartford). These very different companies share very similar problems.

“They’re here, and they’re struggling to find a qualified workforce," Tenney said. "That’s an issue that keeps being brought up at every plant tour I’m taking.”

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