Skills Needed, Not Just Labor

March 11, 2011

Recently PMPA member Darlene Miller told the White House Jobs Council that what we needed were skilled workers.

“Not just labor, we don’t have labor jobs, we need  to hire people with skills. People who can add value right away when they start on the job.”

Here’s a video from NBC news last week that shows the same thing.

The want ads list plenty of openings for skilled set up  personnel and machine operators.

Interestingly- they did so even through the worst of the recession.

Get skills to get a job.

PMPA Member Darlene Miller Appointed to White House Jobs and Competitiveness Council

March 2, 2011

Darlene Miller, Chief Executive of Permac Industries in Burnsville Minnesota, was named last week to President Obama’s 22-person Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.


Permac Industries' Darlene Miller visits the White House Thursday February 24, 2011.


The council was created by President Obama last month to advise him on economic issues, and is focused on jump starting employment recovery and other issues. Other members of the panel include the heads of American Express, Intel, DuPont, and leaders from labor unions, economists, and others.

In her comments to the President and the Council, Miller focused on the need for talent and skills, not mere labor- “The biggest challenge, even though there is huge unemployment, is that we don’t find skilled labor. In our shops we need people with talent and skills. We really don’t have any unskilled labor jobs.”

Miller’s comments were picked up by national media including the Washington Post, and the Minneapolis StarTribune. 

Her comment about the need for skilled talent resonated with the committee and the President who mentioned the need for skilled talent in his remarks.

Miller also discussed the especially heavy burdens that regulations place on small businesses like her precision machining shop, which produces precision machined components for almost all industries including medical, aerospace, food service equipment and many more. 

Ms. Miller has been an active member of the PMPA since 1997, where she has been a member of the board and served on several committees and currently chairs the Statistical and Financial Resources Committee. 

PMPA is proud that our member was selected to serve on this important council and is confident that Ms. Miller will carry the message from Main Street to the White House that “Small and medium enterprises are the key to job creation and economic recovery. Identifying and acting on issues that prevent smaller companies from operating effectively will be positive for both job creation and economic recovery.”

Permac Industries

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