Jeff Zimmerman, a 33-year-old with 14 years of factory experience, is one. He was laid off last summer from a job with a plastic-mold company that supplied a car maker. Hired in November as the night production supervisor for the Phoenix plant, he has already transferred his experience, instituting a system for tracking and communicating production issues that has reduced downtime for certain machines, he said. "They've treated me very well and they're still working seven days a week," he said.The other story, "The New Trouble on the Line," highlights a trend of employers screening prospective hires with long interviews on the phone, before bringing candidates in for a face-to-face meeting. The story notes that employers have been getting plenty of candidates who meet basic qualifications, so they need more time to screen them on the phone in order to bring in the best candidates. This story quotes Joyce Foster, VP of human resources at Hilex Poly Co. LLC, who says "you can be pickier" because salaried job openings have been attracting up to three times as many qualified applicants than during more robust economic times. It must be a good sign for the plastics industry that when the WSJ went looking for companies that are hiring, it found a couple of plastics packaging companies.
Some plastics firms are hiring
The Wall Street Journal has two recent stories on hiring trends that happen to quote plastics company executives who have recently added staff. The first, headlined "Manufacturers Get Top Talent for Hard-to-Fill Jobs," notes that the recession "has a silver lining for manufacturers whose sales haven't plummeted: a flood of highly qualified candidates even for tough-to-fill jobs like electricians and mechanics." The story notes that closure maker Phoenix Closures Inc. has hired about six people since November, and President Bert Miller has been pleased with the choices available.
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