Crain's Chicago Business' Focus section ran an Oct. 29 report on manufacturing that featured a story [Page 21] about the difficulties of finding skilled talent — “30,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs in Illinois,” according to the story. While the story addressed manufacturing of all types, the challenges are prevalent in plastics.
In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.
Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.