Manual labor defies the odds
Drew Kesel will move next month directly from commencement to a full-time, well-paying, stable job, bucking a trend that has bedeviled thousands of employment-starved graduates of four-year colleges and universities.
What's more, Kesel received an offer in an economic sector many Americans consider dead and gone: manufacturing.
While a tight job market continues to shut out everyone from recent college graduates to workers with years of experience, area industries have erected a permanent "help wanted" sign for highly qualified machinists and tradesmen.
"I don't know of a shop that can't use one or two people," said Frank Roth, co-owner of Elite Tool in Moscow Mills. "The supply isn't meeting the demand."