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Wed Nov 29, 2017, 05:00 AM

Declining workforce leaves Smith Frozen Foods short-shifted

Finding enough workers is getting to be more of a challenge for Michael Lesko at Smith Frozen Foods.

The company, which processes and packages frozen vegetables near Weston, is capable of storing more than 130 million pounds of product on site, including corn, lima beans, onions and carrots. Harvest season typically begins around June 1 and runs through the end of November, when the demand for seasonal labor is at its strongest.

Lesko, director of human resources for Smith Frozen Foods, said the plant has roughly 100 regular employees and typically hires another 200 seasonal workers through harvest. Those positions, however, are becoming more difficult to fill, he said, which has left the plant short up to 10 workers on any given shift over the past year.

“It’s been difficult keeping people, by all means,” Lesko said. “We were looking for people to start in June and work through November, but that’s becoming more and more rare.”

Read more: http://www.eastoregonian.com/eo/local-news/20171124/declining-workforce-leaves-smith-frozen-foods-short-shifted

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Wed Nov 29, 2017, 05:40 AM

1. Same problems here-- farms and restaurants constantly looking for help...

major demographic changes and current immigration idiocy are at the root of most of it.

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Wed Nov 29, 2017, 05:57 AM

2. gee, maybe they should raise wages

But I won't hold my breath.

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