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Dearing Compressor Works with Trade Schools to Solve Problem

Dearing Compressor and Pump Co. faced a big problem as it planned a major expansion at the company’s Youngstown plant: a shortage of skilled tradesmen to meet the rapidly growing demand for its products. The company had quickly grown from employing a staff of 65 in 2006 to 165 at the end of 2010 when its new 189,000-square-foot assembly building opened.

During that five-year growth spurt, most of Dearing’s new hires were unemployed because of the sagging economy. But as the oil and gas industry began to boom locally with exploration of the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, Dearing once again faced the problem as it sought to further expand its staff.


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