MANUFACTURERS SEARCH FOR WORKERS TO SUSTAIN ECONOMY REVIVAL
By Michael Diamond and Alesha Williams Boyd/USA Today
May 7, 2012
North Brunswick-based manufacturer XPAK USA has developed machinery that can, among other things, help PepsiCo robotically bundle different flavors of Gatorade into one package.
The company is taking off; sales in the first quarter are 10 times higher than they were in all of 2007.
Who knows how much faster it could grow if it could find the skilled workers it needs to keep up with its expansion.
“It seems like we are growing, it seems like the economy is coming along, which makes us very happy,” owner Tami Minond said. “But it seems like a machinist is a rare bird in New Jersey.”