TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The manufacturing business is "up" across southern Arizona according to Pima County One-Stop leaders.
"It's growing because the economy is doing better," said Gerri Brunson, workforce development specialist for Pima County. "A business can grow if their contracts are growing. If their local contracts to make parts, to make widgets, then they need a better workforce."
Brunson works closely with the Southern Arizona Manufacturing Partners and talks with the companies who need workers on a regular basis.
Integrated Magnetics is one of several manufacturing companies having a hard time keeping up with demand.
The company makes a variety of custom high-tech magnetic mechanical parts for a wide range of industries like automotive, aerospace, defense, energy, and medical. Part of what they produce is used to make modern technology, basically anything that has a computer chip in it, like cell phones, tablets, and computers work.
Diego Rodriguez, Integrated Magnetics manufacturing and production manager, said the company has needed to triple the amount of its employees over the last year.
"We came to the point where we were facing the possibility of leaving the area because we couldn't find the people with the right experience and skill set that we needed," Rodriguez said.
However, since Pima County One-Stop stepped in, the company decided to stay in Tucson.
"Fortunately, we were able to find resources in the Pima One-Stop office," Rodriguez said.
Right now, the company is urgently looking to fill 20 more high-paying open positions.
Clemente Osuna is one of Integrated Magnetics' new hires. He has been on the job 10 days.
"It was pretty quick," Osuna said. "Took about a week."
Pima County One-Stop is a government-funded job center that connects employers with people looking for work.
"The taxpayer dollars are going towards what businesses need in the Tucson area and surrounding areas in Pima County," Brunson said.