Companies struggle to fill jobs


Joey Richardson performs a quality control step on a rod used in a vehicle shock on Monday at the KYB Americas Franklin manufacturing facility. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Local manufacturers and employers can teach a worker how to program a machine or inspect components coming off a line, but that person needs to come with a strong work ethic.

Finding workers who show up on time, work hard while on the clock and show a drive to improve is the biggest challenge local employers have in hiring new people.

At KYB Americas Corp. in Franklin, about one out of every five temporary workers doesn’t make it through the first 90 days on the job because they don’t show up or don’t work hard, director of administration Lance Clark said.

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