Key Insights on Investing in Employees and How to Manage a Skills Shortage

July 25

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The skills shortage has been a hot topic in manufacturing for years. Attend any industry conference and there will be a call for significant state or national policies to address the shortage. But, what actions are the best performing machine shops doing today, on their own, to address their skills shortage?

Primary Topics:

  • How employee demographics differ at Top Shops vs. other shops
  • How Top Shops are addressing their skills shortage
  • How Top Shops invest in their employees differently than other shops

Steve Kline, Jr.
Chief Data Officer, Gardner Business Media, Inc.
Steve Kline is Chief Data Officer at Gardner Business Media, Inc., a family-owned business that produces media for durable goods manufacturing industries, including Modern Machine Shop, Production Machining, Additive Manufacturing, Moldmaking Technology, Plastics Technology and Composites World magazines. He has produced forecasts for his family’s business and the metalworking and plastics industries. Also, Mr. Kline has been working on Gardner’s Capital Spending Survey, the Gardner Business Index, and Top Shops benchmarking survey since 2008. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BS in civil engineering and a MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Cincinnati.