The fight to retain and hire workers has packaging giant Alpla providing assistance to U.S. employees in need of child care.
Alpla is working with Tootris, a San Diego-based company that works with employers to offer "a comprehensive turnkey child care benefits platform that shows real-time inventory of available openings at state-licensed … providers, after-school programs and extracurricular programs."
Alpla will also contribute toward monthly child care expenses, although it did not specifically say what that would involve.
In a news release, Tootris notes that Alpla saw sales grow more than 25 percent in 2022 and it needs to ensure it maintains the workforce needed to continue its growth.
It isn't alone in adding child care to its list of benefits. Last year, auto supplier Gentex Corp. said it would build an on-site day care for its employees. And Vivian Allen, CEO of Texas-based injection molder SigmaPro, said that when the company was sold recently it ensured that new owners would retain its on-site child care facility.
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