Closing the Skills Gap: How Plastikos meets recruiting, retention challenges


There are a lot of challenges facing today’s manufacturing companies when it comes to recruiting, training and retaining employees in an effort to close the skills gap. Plastikos Erie, a contract manufacturer of injection molded components, and its mold manufacturing division, Micro Mold Inc., are always searching for people to join the team who can contribute skills, learn new skills, and will stay with the company long term. And that’s not easy given that many manufacturers are competing for the same people and skills.

“Recruitment and retention are big challenges that all businesses – especially manufacturers – face. At Plastikos and Micro Mold we took a strategic approach and rolled up our sleeves to develop a game plan,” said Philip Katen, president and general manager, for Plastikos. “I don’t necessarily subscribe to the idea that there are no good people out there. You just need to look harder – to work harder – and you will find some very good people to develop.”...
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