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Manufacturing employees needed

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RICHLAND, Wash.— Some manufacturing businesses say the Tri-Cities is in need of more manufacturers.  Younger generations aren't as interested in manufacturing careers, and older generations in those jobs are getting ready to retire.

InnovaTek CEO, Patricia Irving, says within the next three years they plan on hiring manufacturers.  But it's tough when it's a job that isn't on the top of most people's list, especially women.

Traci Jao, Tri-Cities Development Council, says manufacturing jobs can pay up to 20% more than a traditional job for women such as teaching or even nursing.

Now businesses like InnovaTek are working with Tridec to get women in high school to think about the manufacturing business.

One way is through an event called GLAM, which stands for Girls Learning About Manufacturing.  The event is this Wednesday at the Columbia Basin College.  Volunteers hope it will combat the image most women have of manufacturing jobs and get them interested in the field.