Resourcemfg Reveals Hiring Trends in Plastics

By: Thomas Cutler

Julie Maydew, vice president of ResourceMFG, the leading manufacturing placement organization detailed some of the core personnel challenges in the Plastics sector. According to Maydew, "The plastics industry utilizes a wide variety of skills in its production units with emphasis on processes and equipment setup used to make the product. Molding and Extrusion cover a wide diversity of products and in order to find skilled personnel they must be recruited from other plastics industries. With the exception of entry level machine operators and secondary operations staff, molding and extruder specific experience are required; couple that with the variety of raw materials the profile for the ideal candidate is often unique to the hiring company. The matches must be made with candidates that have comparable process and material familiarity and experience."


Since much of the molding and extrusion has been sent offshore, the specific skills required have migrated to other process industries and have adapted outside of plastics manufacturing. With fewer production facilities in the US, the pool of prospective recruits has diminished significantly.


Maydew insists that the plastics industry face unique pressures from other sectors: "Pressure from other process industries (primarily food, pharmaceutical, hydrocarbon, and chemical production) has taken the Process Technicians, Extruder/Molding Setup Operators and Maintenance Technicians away from the dwindling US plastic producers. The accelerated reduction of the factory that produces plastic products increases the competition with foreign manufacturers more pressing."

All process industries utilize maintenance mechanics and maintenance electricians along with skilled personnel that can readily change over the production equipment, the plastics industry has suffered as opportunities abound in the other segments.

Due to the placement segmentation ResourceMFG is involved with all aspects of manufacturing and is distinctly aligned with the skilled employees that are utilized within the plastics sector; the relationships with other process industries is used to transition highly skilled employees into plastics process operations. Through special partnering methodologies the firm is able to provide evaluations that are specific to each company.


The reduction of waste and defects in processes bring these surviving companies to higher levels of competitiveness. Maydew suggests, "By training internal staff to understand lean and six sigma concepts allow the placement firm to align with clients in a particularly effective way. The global economy and increased competitiveness have guided ResourceMFG to perform at higher levels in our screening, as we more clearly understand the importance of waste and defect elimination in clients' processes. It is often more than just a job filled, but it becomes a job filled with both the essential skill competencies as well as a global understanding about the delivered quality and schedule."

Manufacturing is the sole focus of ResourceMFG allowing a better manufacturing workforce. ResourceMFG understands that it takes good people to get good results. Experienced manufacturing professionals know how to find the talent needed to deliver results for manufacturing businesses. ResourceMFG has been nationally recognized for having workforce management initiatives that impact the bottom line. This value allows the company to provide award winning workforce management capabilities and processes that produce better results. The key to delivering better manufacturing employees lies in the fact that it is all that ResourceMFG does. ResourceMFG delivers the kind of workers needed for every manufacturing facility.

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