Mechanic Scott Tschida works on part of a SNX Technologies machine Wednesday, November 30, 2022.

Manufacturers struggling to find employees are turning to robots

The new DEED grant aims to help manufacturers in labor distress hire more robots into their companies.

Central McGowan Vice President and General Manager of Automation Pete Rogers said that the implementation of automation is undergoing a significant transformation; Previously, large manufacturers had the resources to automate, but that has migrated to smaller facilities. For example, Central McGowan provided automation to a husband and wife team whose first employee was a robot.

“It’s shifting to smaller businesses, because a lot of it is like automation or die,” Rogers said.

These types of companies are the focus of the new DEED Automation Loan Program announced November 29. DEED Commissioner Steve Grove said the program will use $12.5 million in funds provided by the federal government to invest in small and medium-sized manufacturers. The ability to acquire bots. Grove said automation is fast becoming one of the most important solutions to the struggles of the national workforce.

“At the end of the day, you can’t create a workforce out of thin air,” Grove said. “You should be able to automate much more quickly than you have in the past.”

This is particularly impactful in central Minnesota, where manufacturing is the second largest industry and employs about 40,000 people.

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