Metal fabrication businesses face a host of challenges that often keep everyone from front line worker to exeuctive management caught up in day-to-day activities needed to keep operations running. Fluctuations in the supply chain and cost of materials, changes in machine technology, IT and software integration, and stringent regulatory requirements are just a few.
In addition, metal fabrication operations — like most other organizations — are learning to navigate a competitive talent landscape. How do you attract and retain the best workers? How do you prioritize skills vs leadership? What technical training is non-negotiable, and for which positions?