National manufacturing job day shows struggling industry

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The Chemung County Chamber of Commerce hosted manufacturing day Friday, where  local vendors came to show students opportunities in a field in dire need

Jenine Cleary, Director of Human Resources at Hardinge Inc, explains the struggling industry.

“We are facing a shortage in machinists,” Clearly said. “In the next several years, we anticipate a quarter of our work force is going to be retiring, and we aren’t having enough people express interest in getting into the machinist field.”

Jordan Cole, a student at Corning Community College recently changed his career path. He was studying law at University of Buffalo, and realized it was not for him.

“Manufacturing is important, it’s kind of what built America,” Cole said. “We are losing a lot of American jobs, people don’t want to do the hard work anymore. I figured I’d step up.”

Industry professionals say the problem is a lack of knowledge and a misconception of the field.

Elmira is no stranger to the manufacturing industry, as Susan Pawlak, Executive Director of Career Development explains.

“Emira has an incredible foundation in manufacturing,” Pawlak said. “It’s been a local business thing for many, many years.”

Local vendors in Chemung County hope to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

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