There is a definite lack of interest in manual labor or minimum wage jobs. And the tough part is that those same workers do not have enough interest in gaining skills to take them farther as they age. Government “entitlements” are a huge issue/factor in the labor equation for some employee categories. We have used Temp agencies, work release programs, and job fairs as ways to bring individuals into the operation, with limited success. In conversation with customers, vendors and other business owners in the area, the labor issue is common across the board. Our health insurance provider has similar issues with office staff as we are having with production laborers.
Our organization will actively be moving toward a European style repair system with robots and additional labor eliminating processes. Custom size pallets may be increasing difficult to provide to customers.