By Danielle Applestone
Author's Note: I've been researching the nitty gritty of hiring challenges in U.S. manufacturing. Often, struggles with hiring get chalked up to the skilled labor shortage. However, through conversations with HR and manufacturing operations leaders, I've noticed patterns that could be solved with specific strategies that don't depend upon solving the labor shortage for the industry as a whole. Because I'm from a small town in Arkansas, one of my favorites is the particular challenge of staffing a manufacturing plant in a rural area.
As one hiring manager put it, everyone who lives near a rural plant fits into one of three categories: