Skills Shortages Also Have Indirect Impact On Manufacturing

By John S. McClenahen Manufacturing executives and factory managers are likely to experience both the direct and indirect impact of a shortage of skilled workers. Even with many manufacturing workers out of work, there may not be a good match between skills needed and skills available for direct hires. And, notes the Herman Group, companies servicing equipment in factories may not be able to find enough skilled workers either. A result: lower productivity or service levels, says the Greensboro, N.C., consulting firm.

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