In a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business online, How Illinois can join manufacturing’s comeback Illinois is identified as #25 of all states in manufacturing efficiency when you consider; cost of capital, energy, labor and materials in the calculation. Located near the center of the country with access to an exceptional network of transportation options including rail, air, truck, and barge on both the great lakes and river systems give Illinois a strong platform to build on.
Labor cost will continue to be an issue, and the aging work force could derail the growth if these skills are not passed on to the next generation through trade school, technical school, apprenticeships and other programs.
Accurate Metal Fabricating provides on the job training for most of our employees. All factory personnel are required to pass a basic skills test which includes basic math, reading and writing skills. Advanced testing includes print reading and machine operations.
What is your company doing to support and develop its skilled labor? Where can people get the training they need to secure these good paying and stable manufacturing jobs? Join the discussion and share your thoughts.