WNC manufacturing companies offer double-digit hourly wages to fill summer jobs

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WNC manufacturing companies have positions to fill, and many are willing to pay these students in the double-digits to fill those gaps. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

High school and college students are finishing up classes and many are now looking for summer jobs.

A strong economy and low unemployment means there are a lot of openings.

But, there is one industry that is desperate for help and willing to pay double-digit hourly wages — manufacturing.

Sherry McDaniel works with Manpower, a company that helps graduating high school seniors and college students find summer jobs.

"What's hiring a lot right now, the majority of the businesses that are hiring, are manufacturing," McDaniel said.

In fact, according to a new Manpower report, 20 percent of manufacturing companies in the South stated that their business is going to grow by 20 percent between now and early fall.

"We have a lot of jobs, we don't have the people," McDaniel said.

So, companies like Avadim Health and Relion Manufacturing in Swannanoa are willing to pay these students in the double-digits to fill those gaps.

"Like everyone else, we are needing some people. We have about 10 to 20 openings in our productions rooms, so we're taking any kind of help we can get, at the moment, and, plus, we love working with the summer help and the college kids." Paige Peterson with Avadim and its manufacturing arm Relion, said.

That summer help could produce full-time employees.

"Even if you don't want to be in operations, that particular entry-level role can open up many doors within in our company. We have operators who go and grow into different departments, like IT or finance, and things," Peterson said.

Peterson added that these positions help grow students’ resumes, because the skills they learn could help them deliver in any job they choose after graduation.

"It's a great opportunity for us, as well as the employee," Peterson said.

Click here for assistance in finding a manufacturing summer job.