Made in Dayton

The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Dayton-Area Manufacturers Have An Image Problem

The Staub Manufacturing Solutions shop is clean and well-lit, a far cry from the image of the old manufacturing industry.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

From 2000 to 2009, manufacturing jobs in the greater Dayton area were cut in half as businesses consolidated, closed, or went overseas.

“Everything really just kinda died for us,” says Steve Staub, the head of Staub Manufacturing Solutions.

Jobs drained out of the region, around 40,000 in total, and just a few thousand have been added since 2010—not exactly a roaring comeback. But now the remaining workforce is aging, and area manufacturers are having a hard time finding young, educated workers to fill positions doing increasingly high-tech work.

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