Workforce improvement seen as key to attracting industry

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 05:22 PM.



CHIPLEY — What if you wanted to open a facility making parts for airplane engines, but couldn’t find any employees locally with the skills to work the machines needed to machine the parts?

Increasingly, manufacturers are having trouble finding employees capable of doing the jobs that need to be done. But now, there is a new council forming that hopes to lay the groundwork for a healthy workforce in Northwest Florida by bringing the various factions of education together with manufacturing leaders to develop a skilled workforce.

The newly formed Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council wants to bring educators and manufacturers together to work on building this workforce, making Northwest Florida more attractive to industries that might want to locate here.

Northwest Florida Manufacturers Council Vice Chairman Allan Bense and Board Member Terry Ellis were in Chipley Monday discussing the new council.

“We’re getting people together and discussing the needs,” Ellis said. “We want to be a voice for all industry thoughout Northwest Florida.”

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