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Tama County Industry asks: “Where are the unemployed workers? We have jobs for them.”

Yesterday we got a phone call from a manufacturing plant in Tama County. Cletus Rowan, President of Rowan Equipment & Fabrication, explained that they have new contracts and opportunities, but the area workforce are not applying: “We need a Welder, Draft Person, a Chip and Grinding Person. Where are the unemployed workers looking for jobs?”
And they are not alone. Various trucking companies in Tama County confirmed earlier this week and last week that they have available positions. “We need certified truck drivers, and come November when legislative changes take effect, the demand for truck drivers with demonstrated superior safety skills is expected to be even higher,” explained Jim Ocheltree, President of Elliott Brothers Truck Line, Inc. in Dysart, Iowa. Yet another trucking company President Randy Zimmerman of Z Line LTD in Toledo, Iowa confirms this and adds “If I can find a quality driver, I can find work for him or her.”
Top demand in Tama County Iowa is in Hospitality & Tourism, Manufacturing and Education. But this dwarfs in comparison to the need for Healthcare workers. The demand for skilled Healthcare workers are three times higher than other industries.  “We see a general need in the area for nurses and lab technicians. Right now, we specifically have a need to fill a position for a psychologist. This position has been on the market for over three months now”, says Deb Hanus, Superintendent of the Iowa Juvenile Home/State Training School for Girls.
If you are a job seeker, a list of these and other Tama County based jobs are posted on the Tama County Economic Development website: www.tamacountyiowa.org/employment. The northern part of Tama County is 20 minutes south of Waterloo/Cedar Falls, and the southern part of Tama County is less than one hour from major metro markets like Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Ames and Iowa City.
Photo Contributed by Pamela Thiele, Dysart Iowa.

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