Manufacturer faces tight labor market amid growth in Rock Hill, Charlotte

Manufacturer faces tight labor market amid growth in Rock Hill, Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About 500 of Atlas Copco’s 2,800 employees in the Carolinas are based in Rock Hill and south Charlotte, where the company has grown from its days as a small factory making compressors and generators sold primarily to business customers instead of consumers.

Now, the Swedish company is growing again but it’s bumping up against a tight labor market, said Fredric Genestout, president of the company’s Power Technique operations.

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“We don’t have enough candidates” to fill the 40 openings in the Charlotte region, he said. Some of the jobs have been open for a year. The company needs candidates with skills ranging from IT to assembly and is also looking for a few engineers.

Within the next month, the Rock Hill factory, located at Riverwalk Business Park, will open up another 30 to 40 jobs.

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