Via Michelle Shen, The Courier-Tribune

It’s no secret that manufacturers are struggling to hire and retain employees. One of the side effects of the pandemic has been upending an employer-centric economy and placing the rains in the hands of the employee.

Manufacturers are now paying more and offering incentives for employees they didn’t before. 

Director Of Operations Diane James of Hubbell Industrial Controls pointed out that they have 25 open jobs and are experiencing high levels of turnover. Jobs in assembly and brazing at their plant used to go for $11.50 an hour and have now gone up to $13 and $14 per hour with full medical, dental, vision, and 401(k) benefits after 30 to 60 days on the job.

Besides increased pay, a renewed focus on employee wellness and development has emerged from the pandemic, and two manufacturers in Asheboro and Burlington have gone through transformations in the past year. Both of them experienced a boom in business during the pandemic, and both had to deal with ensuring growing pains of an expanding business.

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