EmploymentGroup President and CEO Mark Lancaster says there are lots of manufacturing jobs in West Michigan, and right now his company has over 100 of them to fill.
The jobs are a mixture of temporary staffing, temp-to-hire and permanent positions ranging from entry-level jobs on the manufacturing floor to customer services, management and quality engineering jobs.
"People are hiring in West Michigan," Lancaster says. "Certainly auto supply is a big part of it, but there are also fast food suppliers, consumer electronics and telecom -- it's broad based and companies are hiring. Certainly the Great Recession reset pay rates across the board, but at least in the category of entry-level manufacturing the pay is certainly equal to what it was. There's a lack of skilled workers, so in some cases there are apprenticeships and on-the-job training."
Lancaster says that temporary placements often become permanent jobs. He says that already this year, EmploymentGroup has seen 269 temporary positions become full-time positions at client companies. He says that in 2011, the client company hired 1,384 of EmploymentGroup's temporary placements.
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Source: Mark Lancaster, EmploymentGroup; Amanda Passage, Lambert Edwards & Associates
Writer: Deborah Johnson Wood, Development News Editor