ECEDC Announces Manufacturers Look to Increase Veterans’ and Job Seekers’ Interest in Manufacturing Jobs

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The ECEDC is planning a Manufacturers Tour and Panel as part of their Careers in Manufacturing series, to educate veterans and out-of-work adults about the career opportunities in the manufacturing sector. The next Manufacturers Tour and Panel will take place on May 15, 2013.

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Participants will tour two East County manufacturing facilities: Santee-based Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc., and El Cajon-based Taylor Guitars on May 15.

"Unfortunately, manufacturing has an image problem. Advanced manufacturing bears little resemblance to the assembly and fabrication of 50 years ago. Today’s highly sophisticated manufacturing requires real technical skills," said ECEDC Jo Marie Diamond.

Manufacturers in San Diego are looking at getting veterans and job seekers excited about the manufacturing sector. Recent news reports show a resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing (Time, 22 April 2013). In 2012, the East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) surveyed more than 100 manufacturers and learned one problem that continues to impede their growth is finding qualified personnel to work at their facilities. A local East County Manufacturers Tour and Panel will take place on May 15, 2013, thanks to sponsorship from Cuyamaca College, SDG&E, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo, as well as funding from the San Diego Workforce Partnership. Visit http://www.eastcountyedc.org for information and to register.

“Our company has been steadily growing in operations. We’re having a difficult time finding qualified individuals fast enough,” said Rick Urban, COO / CFO at Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc. (QCMI). Urban chairs the ECEDC’s subcommittee that has been planning a series of manufacturing facility tours -- pushing efforts to engage people in the manufacturing sector. QCMI made the Inc. 500|5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies and currently has a team of 95 employees.

QCMI is just one of many East County companies that have reported challenges in securing skilled labor. Growth projections for manufacturers have improved as the nation emerges from the Great Recession and customers re-shore component fabrication from overseas. In addition, manufacturers are increasingly concerned as their current workforce nears retirement age; they are unsure whether they can hire and train a new workforce fast enough to take over their operations.

“Unfortunately, manufacturing has an image problem. Advanced manufacturing bears little resemblance to the assembly and fabrication of 50 years ago. Today’s highly sophisticated manufacturing requires real technical skills, provides well-paying jobs, and underpins an upward career path. We just need to get the word out there,” said Jo Marie Diamond, ECEDC President and CEO.

In response to manufacturers' growing workforce concerns, thanks to sponsorship from Cuyamaca College, SDG&E, U.S. Bank, and Wells Fargo, as well as funding from the San Diego Workforce Partnership, participants will tour two East County manufacturing facilities: Quality Controlled Manufacturing, Inc., an advanced precision machining company located in Santee, and Taylor Guitars, the iconic El Cajon-based maker of world-class guitars. Following the tours, participants will attend a lunch panel presentation and hear from industry leaders about career opportunities in the manufacturing sector, required skills, and training opportunities. Seating is limited and filling up fast. For more information about the tours and panel, visit the East County EDC website.

About the Careers in Manufacturing Series
The Careers in Manufacturing Series is a collaborative effort. Partners organizing tours and panels include the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Cuyamaca College, East County Career Center, East County Economic Development Council, Grossmont Union High School District, Public Consulting Group, Quality Controlled Manufacturing Inc., Seacoast Science Inc., and Wells Fargo. The series started as a project of the ECEDC’s Supporting Education and Economic Development Committee. The May 15th tour will be the second of the Manufacturers Tour and Panel series. The Manufacturers Tour and Panel is sponsored by Cuyamaca College, SDG&E, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo. Additional sponsorships for future tours are available.

About ECEDC – The East County Economic Development Council
The ECEDC is a dynamic, award-winning, non-profit organization of leaders committed to a healthy, vital economic climate and quality of life in the East County San Diego region. For additional information, please visit the East County Economic Development Council at http://www.eastcountyedc.org.

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