In a recent survey of small and medium-size metalworking manufacturers, 91 percent of the companies said they were experiencing significant challenges in finding qualified employees, according to the National Tooling and Machining Association, and the Precision Metalforming Association.
Forty-two percent of companies said they're having "severe challenges" finding workers, and 49 percent said they were having "moderate challenges, according to the trade groups.
Here are other findings of the survey:
• 69 percent of companies had job openings.
• 81 percent of hiring companies had between one and five job openings.
• 14 percent had six to 10 job openings.
• 5 percent of companies had more than 11 open positions.
More than half of the manufacturers expected a 2013 sales increase of 10 percent or more. At least 60 percent said they're expecting increased sales.
PMA and NTMA, both based in Ohio, represent companies that make metal parts, tools and machinery.