“It’s amazing to me the effort we have to go to just to get people hired,” Bruce Broxterman, president and CEO of Richards Industries, told the House Small Business Committee on Wednesday during a hearing on small manufacturers. “To find qualified folks who are trainable is nearly impossible.”
For one specific job opening Broxterman said, “It took about four weeks to put together a list of potential candidates. We had 15 scheduled for interviews on Saturday morning. There were 12 no-shows.”
Broxterman says that he would support legislation introduced by Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) that gives manufacturing companies like Richards Industries tax breaks for working with local students to train them for jobs in the field.
Before taking questions Bruce concluded, “I am very proud of the small part that Richards Industries plays in the nearly $2 trillion U.S. manufacturing sector and I am excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”