The War For Contractor Talent: How Manufacturers Can Find the Workers They Need (and Fast)

October 24, 2019

10:00 am MDT

All industries face a tight job market, but manufacturing organizations are more vulnerable than most. From research at MetalMiner, we’ve learned manufacturers are failing to add shifts and meet order delivery dates due to the severe technical labor shortage. 

Moreover, companies have needed to increase pay and partner strategically with local community colleges and other trade programs to identify and cultivate a workforce. With the emphasis in today’s schools on STEM and white-collar professions, manufacturers and nearly all trades have felt the impact of the labor shortage. However, the war for talent isn’t over yet. In this webinar we’ll discuss strategies and tactics organizations may have overlooked, and the impact they can have on the industry.

MetalMiner’s CEO Lisa Reisman will walk through how companies can (and should) address the talent gap. Matthew Runfola, Executive Director and Founder of the Chicago Industrial Design Center will discuss what he sees as the “skills gap” in creating a workforce suitable for today’s manufacturing environment. We’ll also be joined by Brett Armstrong, Director of Business Development from Avetta, who will discuss how manufacturing organizations can find 100% compliant contractors quickly and easily, mitigating risk, increasing productivity and improving the sales cycle as well.




Lisa Reisman - CEO, MetalMiner

Lisa Reisman is co-founder and executive editor of MetalMiner, the largest metals website by traffic, and CEO of parent company Azul Partners, which owns and operates multiple websites dedicated to the field of procurement. As one of the nation’s foremost metals experts, Lisa and her team have developed innovations in metal price forecasting, pricing and benchmarking. In addition to past roles at Arthur Andersen and Deloitte Consulting, she has also owned and operated her own aluminum trading company. Lisa earned her MPA from New York University along with a BA in political science and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt.

Matthew Runfola
Executive Director and Founder
Chicago Industrial Design Center

Matthew Runfola received his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He worked in a variety of capacities, from R&D and industrial engineering, to consumer product design and development in the sporting goods industry. Matthew found the right balance of technical design, creativity, and hands-on in 3D art. In 2002, he left the corporate world to focus on developing his art-furniture and sculpture practice. He began teaching sculpture at a community art center where he headed the Metal Sculpture Department for nearly 13 years. Matthew is author of Patina: 300+ Coloration Effects for Jewelers & Metalsmiths (Interweave, 2014), and is founder of the Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center.

Brett Armstrong - Director of Business Development, Avetta

Brett Armstrong has been involved with contractor prequalification and management for more than a decade. During which, he assisted the world’s leading organizations in successfully implementing and managing their supply chain qualification programs. That experience has provided him with the foundation and understanding necessary to support the communications needs of companies in a variety of industries and the suppliers they work with.


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