Workforce Development / Skills Gap / Industrial Training

Is "no experience necessary" the new motto of manufacturing?

By Lisa Smith for WCPO Cincinnati

Aug 21, 2019

One year ago, Jessica Wolfe was a single mom with a degree in early childhood education hoping to re-enter the workforce. She filled out an application at a manufacturing company in Monroe.

"I applied and they called and gave me a job. And I said, 'Okay I'll try it.' Never worked in manufacturing before in my life," she said.

The self-described quick-learner did well enough to earn a promotion within a few months.

Now, she is a coordinator and supervises a group of workers on her shift. Wolfe works at UGN, Inc. The Tinsley Park, Illinois-based manufacturer of acoustic interior carpet and thermal products for a number of Japanese automakers with North American manufacturing plants. The Monroe facility opened in 2015 and has already expanded.

To learn more, read "Tri-State manufacturing is 'worker's market' now — even for the inexperienced" from WCPO Cincinnati.

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