Thursday, October 28, 2010

More Talent Shortage News

This time in California:

Tom Frantz, a co-owner of Grass Valley's new Huntington Mechanical Labs, has the unreleased energy of a racehorse. He's anxious to see what Huntington's new plant can do once its firing on all cylinders.

Huntington recently moved from its longtime base in Mountain View, Calif., where it manufactured high-tech vacuums for research purposes for 40 years. It creates custom and ready-to-order products. Located off Loma Rica Road near the Nevada County Airport, the new plant has been up and running for a little more than two weeks, though not at full capacity.

“We're running below our desired staffing levels now,” Frantz said. “We're concerned about getting our production numbers up.” ...

... Huntington workers – some new, and some who have been with the firm since its Mountain View days – have been working with Future Farmers of America students from Nevada Union High School to train them, but they are too inexperienced to be ready yet, Frantz said.

Plant personnel are still hoping to hire local workers but are also casting an eye to the Rust Belt to find experienced workers.

Emphasis added. Companies located in the Rust Belt are also hoping to find similarly experienced workers. The war for talent is heating up.

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