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Central MN colleges step up manufacturing training

PEQUOT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A group of central Minnesota community and technical colleges will use a $13 million federal grant to train workers for manufacturers who can't keep up with business because they lack a sufficient number of skilled employees.

The CEO at Pequot Tool and Manufacturing, Karlo George, says his company is turning business away because he can't find workers with the right skill set. About 135 current employees fabricate metal and plastic parts for aviation, agriculture, medical and other industries in Pequot Lakes.

There are several reasons employers can have a hard time finding the right employees, including housing, pay and other concerns. The skills gap is most prominent in the manufacturing sector.

Minnesota Public Radio News says a basic welding job now demands computer skills, robotics and more.

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