Midwest work ethic cited as a Wabash Valley positive
A strong work ethic is one of the biggest advantages companies find in the Wabash Valley, local business leaders said Wednesday. Speaking to members of Leadership Wabash Valley, business leaders from Great Dane Trailers,
A strong work ethic is one of the biggest advantages companies find in the Wabash Valley, local business leaders said Wednesday. Speaking to members of Leadership Wabash Valley, business leaders from Great Dane Trailers, ThyssenKrupp Presta and Unison Engine Components praised the local workforce, but also noted finding the right employees for certain jobs can be a big challenge.
"I can tell you, the Midwest work ethic means a great deal to us," said Gary Parker, plant manager at Great Dane Trailers in Brazil. "I can tell you, the Indiana work ethic kicks butt" compared with some other states, he said.
Especially at the operator level, ThyssenKrupp Presta is also pleased with the local workforce, said Peter Allaart, president and CEO of the company's Terre Haute location in the Vigo County Industrial Park. "I would agree that people have a great work ethic here," he said.
However, finding the right employees for some of the higher-level positions can be more difficult, the business leaders said. And it is not always easy to convince upper-level job candidates to move to Terre Haute, they said.
At ThyssenKrupp some employees live in Indianapolis and drive to work each day, Allaart said. "How long are they going to stay?" he asked. "Even with high unemployment and people seeking jobs, finding the right people for our business is very difficult."
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