EUGENE, Ore. – Johnson Crushers International in Eugene is looking to expand their workforce and provide opportunities for people looking for a job that doesn’t necessarily require a four-year degree.
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Avril Watt, the human resources manager for Johnson Crushers International, said their company has seen a shortage of skilled workers over the last couple years.
She said they’re seeking to fill a handful of welders and machinist positions.
Watt said her company offers a career development program that offers online and on the job training, which will act as a pipeline to eventually get people a job with the company.
“We have many, many opportunities that high school graduates, that one- or two-year graduates from Lane Community College can walk right into a job with us here at Johnson Crushers, and it’s the same with any other business,” she said.
Watt said since early 2017, they have increased their staff from 220 employees to more than 300.