The following article by Mary Carr Mayle appears in the Savannah Morning News:

John Patterson, president of Savannah-based JCB Inc., is nothing if not vocal about the problems he and other manufacturers have had finding skilled employees.

“Twenty-five years ago, manufacturing comprised 28 percent of our (gross domestic product),” Patterson said recently. “Currently, it’s 12 percent. The erosion of manufacturing meant fewer people were being employed and trained.

“Now, with the retirement of the Baby Boomer generation, that statistic is coming back to bite us.”

On average today, one skilled worker is trained for every four boomers retiring, Patterson said.

“Add to that the emphasis on college as the ultimate goal and the perception of manufacturing as dark, dirty, low-wage work, and it should come as no surprise that we have serious skills issues,” he said.

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