Westfield company having a hard time finding forklift operators

Excel looking for experienced operators for next six months

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It may be a sign that the economy is improving, but it is not great news at the Excel distribution warehouse complex in Westfield. The company needs 40 forklift operators to move lawn products over the next six months, but only a few people have applied.

Cathy Kendall, a branch manager for the hiring firm Staffmark, said that she hasn’t had so much difficulty finding workers in a long time.

“It could be other employers are coming into this area, looking for similar employees or talent. In 25 years that I’ve been doing this, I’ve never had this much trouble coming into the door,” Kendall said.

She told 22News that the forklift operator jobs pay $13 per hour, with lots of overtime available. The people that Excel hires have to have at least six months of forklift experience.

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