Parker offers competitive wages for team members, which includes a quarterly bonus.
In order to manufacture enough oil, air, fuel, coolant and hydraulic filters, Parker workers are logging overtime, and that can drive up costs, Kreutzer said.
Parker’s HR department is employing multiple strategies to attract new hires.
Word-of-mouth, billboards, advertising and the Kearney Hub’s virtual career fair are part of the recruitment mix, Kreutzer said. Management also is asking Parker employees for leads. If current employees know of potential qualified people seeking employment, the company offers a referral bonus.
Parker also is asking the University of Nebraska at Kearney for its help in filling openings. Additionally, the filter manufacturer is considering adapting some lines for part-timers. Kreutzer said using part-time team members would work in fabricating some products, but not all.
“It’s tight. We have multiple companies competing for the people who are available,” Kreutzer said.
Robinson said employers are having difficulty filling positions with qualified and available applicants.
“The Buffalo County economy benefits from a diversity of industries, which, in turn, creates hiring pressure across the board. This is the downside, but also the benefit of having a diversified economy,” Robinson said.