Lexington, SC 04/29/2021 – The skilled trades sector continues to struggle to find willing and able personnel. Bentley Pontoons Plant Manager, Dave Hagen has decided to do something about it for the pontoon manufacturer in Lexington, SC. “Attracting welders is very difficult in today’s economy. Unemployment remains relatively low, but we need welders and manufacturing employees. To make things even more difficult on us, we specifically need aluminum welders since nearly every part of our craft is made of aluminum. Welding aluminum is much more precise and difficult than steel.” Demand for nearly every recreational product is at or above all-time highs and that is certainly the case for Bentley Pontoons. Bentley Pontoons President, Ryan Marcott adds, “with everything we’re dealing with, such as vendor allocations, supply chain issues, the Texas storms which have significantly delayed shipments we have managed to greatly outperform in the pontoon segment, which is what we specialize in. We need good, hard-working, dedicated manufacturing employees right now. We even have some managerial roles open.”
So, what did Dave do about it? He decided to partner with the local welding school, Arclabs welding school where a job fair was hosted, and Dave went to work recruiting local talent at the table that Bentley Pontoons was provided with. “We enjoy creating partnerships with world-class manufacturing Companies like Bentley Pontoons” said Morgan Rizer, Career and Student Services Coordinator for Arclabs in Columbia, SC. Arclabs welding school has 3 locations throughout South Carolina and one in Texas. “I had multiple opportunities to talk with some really talented, interested and enthused young men and women during the job fair. There is definitely mutual interest from our first job fair with Arclabs. I’m encouraged.”
Bentley Pontoons is headquartered in Lexington, SC and they manufacture quality pontoon boats ranging from 14’ to 25’.