GARNER, Iowa - While Stellar Industries in Garner looks busy with workers bustling around there's a concern in the air.
“The biggest concern, which has been there for years, is the availability of skilled labors. There continues to be a shortage and here in north Iowa it seems to be worse than a lot of other places,” Sean Moran said.
This Hydraulic truck equipment manufacturer-simply wants workers to come and stay, Moran, Sales and Marketing Manager at Stellar, said.
“It's more that they're just not staying because Stellar has some good training programs. We'll take a good confident person to train on their job but there are just not many want to come to stay to do that,” Moran said.
With no workers wanting to put in the time, projects don't get done, money isn't made, meaning the local economy won't grow. They're hoping with U.S. Senator Joni Ernst stopping by Wednesday, they can show her the issue and see if she can help.
“Anytime she does a policy or decision making that hampers our ability to move forward that makes it worse to try and deal with labor shortages. For instance, steel tariffs, aluminum tariffs, I mean look around us we're full of steel and aluminum and that's going to drive up pricing and make it even harder to compete,” Moran said.
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