“I started out in the plant... I didn’t think I’d be running a warehouse, but here I am!”
Helen McKissick, warehouse manager for International Plastics and Equipment Corporation (IPEC) of New Castle, worked her way up to her present position by learning as much as she could about all aspects of the operation.
“From day to day you can be doing different things. It’s very challenging, very demanding, and very rewarding.”
Rob Powell, Production Supervisor at Bucks Fabricating of Hadley, PA, talks about the opportunities available in his industry for motivated individuals who are willing to work hard in a team atmosphere.
“I like welding. That’s just what I like. It’s like putting a puzzle together.”
Ben Tomson, a welder for Bucks Fabricating in Hadley, PA, talks about how he came to the company, and how much he enjoys his work.
“I’m always learning.”
Cliff Hamilton, a powder coating specialist for Bucks Fabricating of Hadley, PA, explains how leaving himself open to learning about many aspects of his company's manufacturing process benefited him and enabled him to move into his present position, which he enjoys very much.
“What creates a lot of self satisfaction is the fact that at the beginning of the day you had X amount of widgets and by the end of the day you have a finished product that you can see going out the door.”
Ron Auletta, CEO of Xaloy New Castle, talks about the path he followed to arrive at his present position.
“I get to see the finished product that I did on the computer, and that’s satisfying.”
Dan McEwan, 3-D Programmer for Technical Precision Inc. of Hadley, PA, talks about the satisfaction he derives from his job, and offers advice for young people who are thinking of pursuing a career in manufacturing.
Will I Be Able to Work For?
Over 300 manufacturers operate in Lawrence and Mercer Counties. High tech, steel, metal fabricating, food, plastics, glass and others are all represented locally.
Kind of Careers Are Available?
Lawrence and Mercer County manufacturers need welders, electricians, machinists, die-cast operators, and other skilled workers.
Can I Get the Training I Need?
Area trade schools offer accredited high school diplomas PLUS skills training. Several local training centers also offer training. And many employers offer company-paid training.