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Panel: The Unending Search for Qualified Labor

Wed. September 12| 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM |

Is one of your biggest headaches finding and keeping qualified employees? We might have an answer for you. Join an elite panel of your job shop peers as they share how they are managing and succeeding to overcome this major challenge.


  • Matt Guse, President, MRS Machining, Augusta, Wis.
    MRS Machining, a 2017 Top Shops Honors Program winner in the category of human resources, works closely with Cardinal Manufacturing, the in-school manufacturing program housed within the nearby Eleva-Strum School District. Guse works part-time as a football and basketball referee, which enables him to see if kids are team players on the field.
  • Mike Haupers, Founder, Swiss Precision Machining, Wheeling, Ill.
    Mike started SPM in a 2,600-sq.-ft. Chicago shop in 1979, with seven Swiss cam machines making dental components. Four decades later, SPM has expanded to a staff of 138 people who use 90 machines working out of a new 82,000-sq.-ft. facility. Through the years Mike has gained valuable insight into employee retention and has been acting on his succession plan.
  • Julie Hoban, CEO of JTD Enterprises, Chilton, Wis.
    Julie and her husband, Tom, started JTD Enterprises in 2001, a precision manufacturer that makes parts for a variety of industries. The company supports the machine tool program in the local trade schools and offers apprenticeships with the technical colleges as a way to grow their own skilled workers. They also strongly support the Wisconsin indentured apprenticeship program. 
  • Rick Hoffman, CEO & Owner, EIMCo, Farley, Iowa
    EIMCo employs more than 150 people and fulfills parts orders in quantities from one to 100,000s. EIMCo offers apprenticeships and works with several local high schools and technical colleges to cultivate skills for his high-tech machine shop. 

*includes lunch

Type: IMTS Focus: Job Shops

Cost: $75


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