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Manufacturers lament worker shortage

February 20, 2014

United State Representative Jim Jordan, John Vandersall, General Manager of General Aluminum Manufacturing Company, and GAMC Engineering Manager Paul Lyons discuss plant operations during a tour of the GAMC plant. (Staff Photo/Michelle Meunier)

Many local manufacturing professionals met for breakfast Wednesday morning to discuss making connections with students, parents, underemployed and unemployed people locally to help fill jobs in the manufacturing field.

In an open floor discussion with United State Representative Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, these leaders  had an opportunity to share their thoughts and concerns in hopes of planting a bug in the government’s ear to send some funding help where it can be used.

According to Greg Myers, Executive Director of the Wapakoneta Area Economic Development Council, Auglaize County is in an interesting predicament due to our low unemployment rate nationally and within Ohio.

“Auglaize County is the third lowest and Mercer County is the lowest in the state,” Myers said. “When you’re talking about 4.3 percent unemployment rates it’s a huge challenge finding quality people not only from the unemployed, but the underemployed.”

For the full story, see the Thursday Feb. 20 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.

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