Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing: Employers play big role in solving labor shortage

Offering apprenticeships and collaborating with other manufacturing companies are among the ways employers can help grow a pool of workers with the right skills.

“In the industrial sector, there are no longer white-collar versus blue-collar jobs, but instead, new-collar jobs that don’t require working in a dark, outdated factory, but rather a high-tech factory floor utilizing new technologies including AI [artificial intelligence], factory automation and machine learning. This generation’s manufacturing industry is clean, safe, and modern,” said Tony Uphoff, the president and CEO of Thomas, the parent company of Thomasnet.com, a leading platform for product sourcing and supplier selection for industrial and manufacturing companies. 

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