Concrete Products

OCT 2018

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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36 • October 2018 EQUIPMENT MANUFACTURERS WORKFORCE RECRUITMENT Two million positions could be left unfulfilled over the next decade in the manufacturing sector unless steps are taken to start filling the talent pipeline, according to a report by man- agement consultant Deloitte. To help attract talent and bring awareness to the industry, the Milwaukee-based Association of Equipment Manufacturers developed a tool kit for manufac- turers and industry partners to use in outreach to their local schools and communities recruit- ing the next generation of skilled workers. The kit responds to the workforce shortage affecting equipment manufacturers, distributors, opera- tors and other industry segments. "With the skills gap this industry is facing, we need to collectively act or risk losing another generation of talent," says AEM Work- force Development Task Force Chair Mark Core (Vermeer Corp.). "This industry offers good-pay- ing jobs and exciting career paths, and we need to do a better job of telling that story in class- rooms and our communities." AEM conferred with a task force of equip- ment manufacturers, dealers and education experts to develop the tool kit. The ideas, activities and sample materials can be cus- tomized and applied to workforce development outreach efforts undertaken by any segment of the industry. "Equipment manufacturers wanted to develop a resource they could use themselves, but also one they could share with their cus- tomer groups and end-users to showcase the opportunities available throughout the indus- try—whether on the shop floor, at a dealership, or on a job site," notes AEM President Dennis Slater. "This tool kit provides actionable ideas, resources, and support for employers in the equipment sector to kick start their outreach, or build on what they already have underway when it comes to recruiting our future workforce." BRIEFS ACTIVITIES & APPOINTMENTS Posted at opment-toolkit, the kit is one component of AEM's overall workforce development program, joining a webinar series where hosts address veterans hiring, appren- ticeships, and third-party partnerships, plus a scholarship initiative for educators seeking certification to offer high school student equipment-specific courses. MANUFACTURERS Consolidation-minded Construction Supply Group (CSG) has completed its 10th acqui- sition: California distributor Constar Construction Supply. "This furthers our goal of building a best-in-class wholesale distribution company across North America," says CSG CEO Mitch Williams, noting that the company will continue to seek additions to its family of concrete and masonry contrac- tor-geared distribution businesses. The Constar Clovis and Bakersfield branches will be integrated into CSG's Southwestern unit, Border Construction Specialties. "We are pleased to join the Construction Supply Group team and their platform will allow us to better serve cus- tomers," affirms Constar principal Bill Morse. "Expansion into contiguous states is exciting for our customer base and strategic growth plans. We look forward to continued success with the entire Constar team," adds Border Construction President Brian Saker. Cement Handling Solutions. Designed for Cementitious Materials. Designed for Concrete Producers. 1.574.472.1095 Designed for Cementitious Materials. Designed for Concrete Producers. blower packages rotary vane feeders silo to silo transfer systems railcar unloading bulk storage terminal and load out facilities pneumatic material handling systems ® trans flo

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