Prologistix Vp Devine Sees Increased Competition for Workers

By: Thomas Cutler

According to Brian Devine, division vice-president of ProLogistix (www.prologistix.com) "The increase of the plant production has had a terrific impact on the growth of ProLogistix over the past few years. We are seeing increased competition for the skilled workers, and companies are finding they have to stay competitive to attract and retain productive workers. Pay rates are often the first element that hourly employees look at when considering a new job, but other factors play an important role in the "retention" of employees. These include: the work environment, the shift, the way employees are treated by their supervisors and benefits."

Since a similar study was conducted in October 2006, the total investment value (TIV) of grassroot industrial plants currently under construction in the U.S. has increased by approximately 33 percent, from $60 billion to $88 billion. Correspondingly, the number of plants under construction has increased from 601 to 656 during this time period. The Grassroot U.S. Industrial Plant Construction Surpasses $60 Billion as detailed in the complete report.

When completed, these plants will add more than 111,000 new hourly and salaried manufacturing jobs. The Mid-Atlantic Region, which includes the states of West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and the District of Columbia, will add the most new manufacturing jobs, with 28,995 from 70 new industrial plants. The Great Lakes Region has almost twice as many new plants under construction as the Mid-Atlantic Region with 138, but these plants will result in fewer employees - 23,902.

Unlike other staffing organizations, 100% of ProLogistix recruiting efforts are centered around logistics. Branch staff is trained in logistics, and they understand the intricacies of the industry. Staff is not spending time testing and interviewing bookkeepers, data entry clerks, and construction workers. ProLogistix is fortunate to have built a reputation in the communities served as the "go-to" company when seeking a job in a warehouse or distribution center.

ResourceMFG, the sister division to ProLogistix places manufacturing specific positions. Devine explained the differentiation between the two organization by noting, "The way we differentiate between which clients are best served by ResourceMFG or ProLogistix is to ask what the company does. If they manufacture products, then they are best suited to ResourceMFG; if they distribute products, then ProLogistix is the right staff solution."

The types of positions ProLogistix fills include:
&bullLoaders and Unloaders
&bullOrder Selectors
&bullWarehouse Associates
&bullShipping and Receiving
&bullForklift Operators
&bullQuality Assurance
&bullSupervisors
&bullWarehouse Managers
&bullOperations Manager


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