by Katie Brown
The council event brought together industry members whose goal is to promote manufacturing and decrease the skilled labor shortage in the marketplace. Opening remarks were made by Larry McHugh and Jay Polke, the chamber’s president and chairman respectively. Dr. Christine Benz, training and development manager at Trumpf North America, spoke on workforce trends in the industry, while Rachel Mauer, president of the Pittsburgh chapter of the German American Chamber of Commerce, focused on skills and innovation strategies to strengthen U.S. manufacturing.
Chris Dimou, Roto North America’s president and CEO, who sits on the Middlesex Chamber of Commerce board of directors, says, “Manufacturing is imperative to our regional economy and this forum was another important step in addressing the vital workforce pipeline issue.”
There is a significant need for closer collaboration between state agencies, community and technical colleges, as well as chambers of commerce and industry, Dimou says, in order to facilitate a holistic approach to programs and initiatives, like apprenticeships and internships.