CASSOPOLIS -- At K & M Machine Fabricating in Cassopolis, workers play a part in building some of the biggest mining and off-road construction equipment in the world. And the company's Chief Financial Officer says these days, business is good.
"Our business is going to be up about 50-percent in volume (this year) and we expect to add another 25-percent increase in 2012,” said CFO Gary Galeziewski.
The company has hired 30 workers since January and plans on adding another 30 by the end of the year to keep up with demand.
K and M isn't alone. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the manufacturing industry has added 243-thousand jobs since December of 2009. In April, there were 230-thousand job openings; up from 176-thousand the year before.
The challenge - employers say - is finding the people with skills for the job.
“We’ve cast a fairly broad net across the region to find anyone from CNC machinists to heavy plate welders and machine maintenance technicians,” said Galeziewski.