7000 Manufacturing Jobs On The Horizon in Iowa

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GRINNELL, Iowa- The manufacturing industry in the state of Iowa is facing a shortage of skilled workers in the next three years, totaling about 7,000 jobs. That's according to Alan Anselman,  who is the Plant Manager at Lennox in Marshalltown. He spoke at a high school career fair in Grinnell with the message there are jobs out there for young people.

Anselman said that companies like Lennox need skilled people to produce heating and cooling for residential.  He said that the company is facing approaching retirement of some workers, and the demand for manufacturing is increasing.

"Iowa factories have added 6900 jobs since 2010, that's a gain of 3.4 per cent," said Anselman

Anselman is a Board Member for Elevate Iowa,  a non-profit organization which has a mission of telling young Iowans about opportunites in Iowa. It is funded by Iowa Community Colleges, and Iowa manufacturing companies. Elevate Iowa helped to sponsor an organize a job fair at the Spaudling Center for Transportation in Grinnell.

"These are great jobs, they pay great wages, there's a great future here," said Robyn Denson of Elevate Iowa.

"Math is critical to manufacturing the ability to read blueprints check dimensions
is all dependant on the ability to do math, fractions decimals, etc," said Anselman.  There is another very important skill students need to develop, that is communication.
"Soft skills like communication and team work are just as important as math in today's manufacturing world," said Anselman. "Many problems are corrected through formal problem-solving techniques with a team."

Anselman said some students may already be building team skills, and not be aware of it. "If you're an athlete and you've had to beat your personal best you know what I'm talking about," said Anselman. "If you're a gamer and you've had to rethink to reach a new level  you know what I'm talking about, in most cases the more challenging a task is, the more rewarding it is."

Anselman also warned students of a big pitfall,"the number one reason why we terminate employees, is attendance, or lack there of."

Temporary employees at Lennox start at $10 an hour, but for many workers the pay can be around $20 an hour with benefits.  Lennox workers are represented by the United Auto Workers Union.

"I really like science...math..I'll admit it's not my favorite class but I also like the welding classes," said Jacob Staroska, who is a Junior.

I love math...engineering is something I've been looking at since I was little.. I think I want to go into a crareer with that.

 

hool career fair in Grinnell with the message there are jobs out there for young people.

Anselman said that companies like Lennox need skilled people to produce heating and cooling for residential.  He said that the company is facing approaching retirement of some workers, and the demand for manufacturing is increasing.

"Iowa factories have added 6900 jobs since 2010, that's a gain of 3.4 per cent," said Anselman

Anselman is a Board Member for Elevate Iowa,  a non-profit organization which has a mission of telling young Iowans about opportunities in Iowa. Elevate Iowa helped to sponsor an organize a job fair at the Spaudling Center for Transportation in Grinnell.

"These are great jobs, they pay great wages, there's a great future here," said Robyn Denson of Elevate Iowa.

"Math is critical to manufacturing the ability to read blueprints check dimensions
is all dependant on the ability to do math, fractions decimals, etc," said Anselman.  There is another very important skill students need to develop, that is communication.
"Soft skills like communication and team work are just as important as math in today's manufacturing world," said Anselman. "Many problems are corrected through formal problem-solving techniques with a team."

Anselman said some students may already be building team skills, and not be aware of it. "If you're an athlete and you've had to beat your personal best you know what I'm talking about," said Anselman. "If you're a gamer and you've had to rethink to reach a new level  you know what I'm talking about, in most cases the more challenging a task is, the more rewarding it is."

Anselman also warned students of a big pitfall,"the number one reason why we terminate employees, is attendance, or lack there of."

Temporary employees at Lennox start at $10 an hour, but for many workers the pay can be around $20 an hour with benefits.  Lennox workers are represented by the United Auto Workers Union.

"I really like science...math..I'll admit it's not my favorite class but I also like the welding classes," said Jacob Staroska, who is a Junior.

"I love math,engineering is something I've been looking at since I was little, said Sloan Volkman, who is a freshman in high school.  He is looking for a career which involves math and some engineering.

 

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