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KMOV: We continue to expect manufacturing growth to accelerate in the coming two years but achieve only a modest pace. We forecast growth of 1.6% in 2017 and 2.5% in 2018.

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Friday, January 20, 2017
ST. LOUIS ( -- There will soon be more manufacturing jobs available than skilled workers to fill them, according to leaders with the National Tooling and Machining Association.
After News 4 reported on the worker shortage, companies and city leaders reached out with more information for people interested in getting into the career field.
The City of St. Charles Economic Development Department is trying a new approach to recruit workers. In March, the city, along with several area businesses, will host a special career fair in Effingham, Illinois. St. Charles Economic Development Director David Leezer admits it may sound off for communities to travel to other states to recruit but he says because St. Charles County is near full employment, they have to look elsewhere for workers to support businesses already in St. Charles. Leezer said Effingham was a good solution because it would be a reasonable commute to St. Charles for potential workers.
The career fair will be on Tuesday March 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Thelma Keller Convention Center. More information available here.
Additionally, the St. Louis chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association is promoting the upcoming Bots STL Competition. It is a student-built robot battle and opportunity for employers to connect with high school students. It will take place on April 22 at Ft. Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters. 
(Read more here.)