Manufacturers, Schools Scramble to Find Workers

By Tuttle, D Ray | THE JOURNAL RECORD, June 26, 2014 | Go to article overview

Manufacturers, Schools Scramble to Find Workers


Tuttle, D Ray, THE JOURNAL RECORD


BROKEN ARROW - Richard Havir has the kind of problem many operations managers have today: finding enough skilled people.

And, to listen to Havir tell it, the requirements are not tough at all.

"We are looking for people that want to go to work and can show up every day," he said.

Havir, operations manager for Enerflow Industries Inc., was one of several officials speaking at a news conference in Broken Arrow on Thursday, describing jobs that are begging to be filled.

"We are looking for literally everybody across the board," Havir said. "I have jobs from entry level, where I will help train them, all the way up to management staff. Mechanics, assembly, welder, painters, electrical, engineers, people in procurement, buyers, planners."

There are more than 250 jobs available for hire immediately in Broken Arrow, said Kinnee Tilly, senior vice president at the Broken Arrow Economic Development Corp.

"The bottom line is there are not enough qualified people," Tilly said. "Our unemployment is low, so we are competing with everybody else for these skilled jobs."

Unemployment in the Tulsa area is 4.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

There were other employers attending the event: Broken Arrow Public Schools, St. …

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