Closing the “skills gap” was the issue that brought U.S. Sen. Al Franken to meet with local industrial owners April 2 at Wyoming Machine in Stacy.
Franken, D-Minn., began with a tour of the business at 30680 Forest Blvd., where he met with laborers including metal finisher Laura Feaski of North Branch and Jerry Larson, a Class A welder who lives outside of Rush City. The visit concluded with a roundtable discussion with a number of other industrial leaders, including the president of Pine Technical College.
The senator said he’s seeing a pattern in Minnesota and across the country where manufacturers have jobs open but can’t find people with the right skills to fill the vacancies. As a result, Franken looks to build on and create new partnerships between schools and industries to help close this “skills gap”.