Dozens of Summit County companies fight for small talent pool of skilled workers

 Dozens of Summit County companies fight for small talent pool of skilled workers

SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio — Picking and packing, shipping and receiving.

The work at the Fastenal distribution center in Akron runs like a well-oiled machine.

The company sells construction and industrial supplies — anything from fasteners, nuts, bolts, and screws to ladders.

Like so many other warehouses in Summit County and across Northeast Ohio, Fastenal is looking to hire.

Right now, more than 40 part-time positions are available with a $500 sign-on bonus.

No experience is necessary, with pay starting from $15 to $17 dollars an hour — and a wide variety of shifts to choose from.

“Here at Fastenal, we promote from within so you might start part-time but we’re always looking for the next leaders and supervisors within our facility to help lead those part-time employees,” said Molly Phelps, distribution center manager.

Assistant manager Michelle Carr’s been there for three years.

The flexibility drew her in — the people keep her there.

“It’s like a family, everyone does what they can to help everyone out,”

Over in Barberton — BWXT has been around for 115 years.

They manufacture nuclear reactors for United States Navy subs and aircraft carriers.

The company kept their 900 workers employed during the pandemic, and now, they need to add about 50 more positions.

“And we’re still growing,” said Farrah Corbett, hiring manager at BWXT. “We are in the third year of a three-year expansion initiative and that growth is resulting in additional employees and…

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