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Maine employers face a new challenge: Not enough workers

July 23, 2016

Maine’s labor force participation is dropping, making it more difficult to find skilled workers.

Kim Vandermeulen’s company is trying to get creative.

Since the first of the year, Alternative Manufacturing in Winthrop has added between 10 and 15 employees, and the electronics manufacturer that makes printed circuit boards is looking for five or six more workers.

Production is up 40 percent over last year, and the need to hire is very high, Vandermeulen said recently.

“We’re looking for entry level, light manual labor up to machine operators. We’ll do a lot of training for machine operators, but our preference is for someone in those positions to have some training,” he said.

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Last modified: October 25, 2016

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