From now until 2030, about 10,000 Baby Boomers will hit retirement age each day, which is part of the reason the U.S. is experiencing so many job openings. (According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings increased to 11 million on the last business day of December 2022.) But there are plenty of younger people to fill well-paying manufacturing jobs. So, where are they?

During this episode of Packaging World LIVE, we will explore some of the issues that have created a paradigm shift in employment trends, and how companies need to adjust hiring practices to attract and retain new talent. In addition, we’ll dig into the obstacles OEMs are specifically dealing with, and provide some advice for executives and human resources professionals on how to influence culture change and hiring best practices.

Join Stephanie Neil, Editor-in-Chief of OEM, in a conversation with Patty Andersen, co-owner and Vice President of Human Resources and Aftermarket Services at Delkor Systems, as they discuss practical approaches to a workforce skills crisis in packaging and processing.

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Patty Andersen
Co-Owner, Vice President of Human Resources and Aftermarket Services, Delkor Systems
In her role at Delkor, Andersen plays a pivotal role in guiding the company’s strategic vision and direction. At the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies’ (PMMI), Andersen was recently named 2023 Chairperson of the Board, and is the first woman to hold this position at the association. Andersen has held several committee leadership roles at PMMI, including Workforce Development, Employee Development, Strategic Planning, and the Packaging and Processing Women's Leadership Network.

Beyond her commitment to PMMI, Andersen has served on the Board of Directors of Hennepin Technical College Foundation, been a member of the Central Lakes College Robotics/Automated Systems Technology Advisory Council, St. Paul College Electromechanical Automation Systems Advisory Council, and Northwoods Technical College Automated Packaging Systems Advisory Council.
Stephanie Neil
Editor-in-Chief, OEM magazine
Stephanie Neil has been reporting on business and technology for over 25 years. She joined PMMI Media Group in 2015 as a senior editor writing about automation for the CPG, food and beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. In 2018, Neil was named Editor-in-Chief of OEM magazine, the official publication of PMMI. Neil is an active member of PMMI’s Packaging and Processing Women’s Leadership Network, and often writes about topics related to workforce development, corporate culture, and diversity and inclusion in the manufacturing space.
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