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Recycling & It's Impact On Mining & Heavy Industrial

Recycling And The Impact On Mining & Heavy Industrial

Recycling & It's Impact On Mining & Heavy Industrial

Everyone is familiar with recycling. Whether you have a bin at home, reuse your grocery bags, or even just print documents at work double-sided. But today I encourage you to look at the bigger picture. How is recycling impacting the mining and heavy industrial world?

Recycling Nickel

Tesla has recently noted that the global supply of nickel is potentially a limiting factor in growth for battery production. Assuming the majority of my readers are in the United States, what does that mean? Where does the US even get its nickel (Ni)? There has only been one active Ni mine in the US in recent years, with a large amount of the world’s Ni production based in Canada.

There are, however, hundreds of recycling companies that pull valuable materials from used batteries. Every time you recycle a battery, you are preventing a potential environmental hazard from leaking into the environment. Additionally, you could be helping the advancement of one of the most innovative companies of our time.

Speaking to the environmental impact, I work to place candidates with one of the major recyclers in this space. I know firsthand that they stick to the strictest environmental standards, going above and beyond the regulations placed on them. In partnering with them to find top talent, I work directly to find the highest caliber of candidates who not only meet but exceed environmental standards.

Paper Recycling

Another industry I recruit in regularly is papermaking. I think most people can count on one hand the number of handwritten letters they have composed recently, but that doesn’t mean that paper is on the way out! Consider print advertising, packaging for consumables (food), and shipping. When you recycle that box from your favorite online retailer, it’s broken down for the production of more paper.

In addition to reducing the raw fiber materials (trees), you can help reduce the volume it would take in a landfill. When organic material breaks down, it creates gasses, something that landfills have had to learn to manage and utilize. Paper and wood mills alike use waste to generate their own utilities. This further saves a drain on solid-state fuels and natural gas. I worked with a gentleman who was able to generate more recovery power than a primary power generator at a major paper mill.

Additional High-Impact Areas

The list of mining and heavy industrial components impacted by recycling is long. Asphalt is recycled and reused. The fly ash from power generation contributes to the manufacturing of cement. The dust from certain types of steel manufacturing can be recycled to recover materials. I have worked with mining companies that create their own water collection and treatment facilities. They then design beautiful habitats for wildlife. Some of the country’s top engineers and specialists remain on staff to maintain a healthy environment.

For consumers and companies alike, there is plenty of room to make an impact. Whether on the environment, industry, or simply the availability of products you use every day. For employers in the mining & heavy industrial space, finding the best possible talent is not quite so easy. If you have found it challenging to recruit and hire talented candidates who share your passion and commitment to the environment, let’s talk. I can connect you with people who will help you achieve production goals, equipment availability, environmental commitment, or financial control and forecasting. Reach out to me so I can learn how to help your company discover the talent you need to continue making an impact.

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Open for Discussion: The Fate of the Coal Industry

coal industry

Here we go again; or maybe not? The latest round of bankruptcies and closures came as a shock to many of the miners in the industry. At the beginning of July, Blackjewel Mine abruptly closed two of its operations in Wyoming, immediately displacing 600 workers and filed for emergency bankruptcy. Although some are saying that the mines closed due to poor management, it still has a devastating effect on the industry psyche.

U.S. coal mines were making a resurgence from the pre-2015 coal downturn, fueling feelings of optimism and hope. As a recruiter specializing in the mining industry, I witnessed first-hand, and with a heavy heart, the devastation of the last downturn and the mass exodus of coal miners from the industry. That incredible talent left the mining industry to pursue new careers, with no intention of returning.

The coal industry produces more than just energy

Coal is vital to our world. I personally do not see coal permanently going away, despite the talk. Natural gas has pushed coal out of the power plant business, but they too have their issues. Solar and wind power (green energies) take up too much valuable real estate; both of these are also scrutinized for harming the environment. Nuclear energy, also touted as green energy, has already proven just how much more devastating it can be to the environment; much more so than coal.

The good news is that data predicts global coal will continue to grow into 2022, even though the major players are scaling down. The coal industry shows just how resilient the people of mining are. The Mining team here at JSG is looking for mining professionals. If you are one of these displaced workers or just looking to further your career, contact us! We have dozens of job opportunities in the mining & heavy industrial industry.

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Skilled Trades Gap in Mining and Heavy Industrial

skilled trades gap

As the year goes on, it’s interesting to see what today’s competitive job market will dictate. While recruiting day in and day out for my mining and heavy industrial clients, I have a relatively diverse blend of job orders. Usually, there are several management positions, always a Mechanical Reliability Engineer and Chemical Process Engineer, then the elusive “Process Control Engineer.” I am typically working on at least one EHS position at all times and a handful of skilled trades: electricians, mechanics, welders, and millwrights. And then there’s always just a completely random technical off-the-wall job order.

The skilled trades gap

This year, I have noticed a common theme with my clients: each one has numerous skilled trades job openings. Mostly electricians and millwrights, with some I&E Techs mixed in there. Needless to say, I have spent the majority of my year filling these roles, and there seems to be no end in sight. But I am not complaining! Clients are moving fast and candidates are getting great new opportunities.

As candidates get more selective about opportunities and hourly rates rise, clients who are not paying top-dollar and have a poor hiring process will continue to lose out. I believe this is due to the lack of candidates with entry-level skilled trades entering the labor market. For example, a senior electrician can demand top dollar – and get it. A recent study estimates that by 2020, nearly 31 million Baby Boomers will retire from skilled trade positions. As a result of this gap, many employers are struggling to fill their essential skilled trade positions.

Let us find your skilled trade candidates

Although I cannot personally solve the labor gap that skills trades face, I can provide a solution to your operation. If your company that is facing the common challenge of not being able to hire skilled trades positions, please get in contact with me. My team and I at Johnson Search Group are successfully sourcing these critical roles in today’s tight job market. And, if you have a background in skilled trades, at any experience level, get connected with me. You will want to hear about the opportunities I am currently working on!

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Increased Sustainability in the Corrugated Packaging Industry

corrugated packaging

Environmental consciousness is a buzz word that we hear more and more. And with that, sustainability plays a huge part. In a previous article, I discuss that paper is one of the easiest and most inexpensive consumer products to recycle. In this article, I wanted to take a deeper dive into a big part of the paper industry, corrugated packaging.

We are seeing some trends in the paper industry that illustrate the commitment corrugated packaging companies are making to increase the sustainability of their products and protect the environment through their design, manufacturing, and sourcing.

Design

Recyclable Materials:

The majority of corrugated packaging is comprised of between 70-100% recycled material. This is actually higher than the paper industry as a whole! Great packaging companies throughout the Midwest have been committed to sustainability long before it became mainstream. Green Bay Packaging, for example, “recycles old corrugated containers and mixed paper for reuse in the papermaking process for sustainable savings.” This not only maximizes cost savings for their partners, but it’s also a great use of renewable materials.

Right-Sized Packaging:

How many times have you received a package in the mail and asked yourself, “why did they ship this small item in such a massive box?” Many manufacturers nowadays are encouraging their customers to design smaller, right-sized packaging that reduces material waste.

Biodegradable:

So, you open that massive box, and you’re inundated with those annoying packing peanuts. Why did they pack a water bottle in a box big enough to hold a flat-screen tv? Who knows? Nowadays, companies are making those packing peanuts out of corn starch, thus making them biodegradable!

Manufacturing

Wastewater Management:

From installing rain gardens to feed plants that absorb pollutants, to using a “closed-loop” treatment system, to developing site-specific strategies to improve the quality of stormwater discharge, these are just a few ways companies are successfully reducing the wastewater that enters into the sewer system.

Eco-Friendly Ink:

Over the last 50 years, the industry has made great strides in the advancement of eco-friendly ink. Although significant progress has been made with the introductions of vegetable, soy, and water-based inks, they are still not 100% renewable. However, in 2017, we saw the introduction of algae-based ink, which is renewable and biodegradable.

Energy Conservation:

Corrugated packaging contains a large percentage of recycled components, requiring significantly less energy to manufacture, compared to virgin pulp. Also, the advanced use of heat recovery hoods, steam recovery, and heat exchangers continues to reduce the amount of energy needed in the corrugated packaging industry.

Sourcing

Sustainable Forestry:

Through establishing protected areas, responsible harvesting, improved logging techniques, and proper training, companies are able to meet the demand of their customers while balancing the needs of the environment, wildlife, and forest communities.

Transportation:

With more and more companies creating right-sized packaging for their products, it not only significantly cuts back the amount of material waste, but also their carbon footprint by reducing the number of vehicles required to transport their products.

If you’re in the paper industry, give me a shout!

By 2020, the packaging industry will reach an estimated market value of $1 trillion. And in 2016 alone, the global production of paper and cardboard was 411 million metric tons. The production of paper and cardboard products will only increase as E-commerce continues to grow.

As a result, the need for employers to hire top talent is escalating. If you have a pulp and paper background, especially on the paper machine side, give me a shout! I have several exciting opportunities that you don’t want to miss! Whether you are fresh out of school or you’re an industry vet, reach out to me today to discuss some of these hot positions.

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Misconceptions Are Powering the Skills Gap

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I was recently at an event and started discussing my role as a recruiter and today’s labor market. We were talking about some of the positions I regularly recruit for, the industries, and what types of degrees are most beneficial. This tied very well into a number of recent conversations I’ve had with hiring managers on the skills gap. I have been tasked by my clients to find the next generation of workers within the building materials, mining, and the pulp and paper industries.

It was a very interesting turn of events, as I just had conversations with both a major hydraulic fracking company and an industry-leading specialty paper company about some of their struggles. They both expressed concern that young professionals do not seem as interested in gaining a degree towards becoming a mining engineer or entering the paper company to support the industry’s growth.

Misconceptions fuel the skills gap

One of the people I was speaking to at this event made a comment that the mining industry would soon go away, likely within the next ten years. Another mentioned that the paper industry was going to go completely under, and it was good for the trees. We talked about whether these industries were solid career pursuits, and if it was worth getting a degree or if these career paths might just be adding debt they could never escape from. However, these claims are certainly not true.

As a recruiter in the mining and heavy industrial industries, it’s my responsibility to understand these misconceptions. To do my job effectively, I must understand how young professionals feel about my industries and help them develop a better understanding of how these industries are going strong and great career pursuits.

Mining and Heavy Industrial are evolving

The mining and heavy industrial industries are changing. Many of the items in our everyday lives are manufactured from raw materials extracted and processed from a mine. And a solid environmental engineer can help companies to mine more responsibly. Look around you. Your phone, computer, car, bedroom light, and the latest Amazon package are all things that aren’t going anywhere. Additionally, the amount of paper for publication has gone down, yet packaging for online shopping and food has skyrocketed. In other words, misconceptions like the ones detailed above are sometimes preventing young, talented professionals from seeking careers in these industries.

Do a little digging

Choosing to pursue your passion and learn more about the sustainable initiatives companies have in place could change your mind. For example, the Sustainable Forrest Initiative does a great job promoting healthy forests for timber and paper. The funds generated by businesses even subsidize private landowners to maintain the natural property; this ensures the land is responsibly planted and harvested. These same landowners might otherwise decide to sell to make another parking lot. Therefore, don’t let a misconception keep you from looking into a career of any sorts.

Battle the skills gap with a professional

Is the skills gap hurting your recruiting efforts? Don’t fret, you’re not alone. But that doesn’t mean you have to tackle this tight labor market on your own. Partner with me and my talented team. We will help you find the candidates your organization needs and help bridge this skills gap.

5 Mining Tragedies – Not Forgotten

Mining Tragedies

Mining has come a long way with regards to safety. But sadly, we still lose too many of our mining family to tragedies. These men and women of mining put their lives on the line daily. All to provide vital minerals, hard rock, metals, and rare earth metals that have become vital to our lives.

Because I specialize recruiting into mining, I know that safety is synonymous with mining. Some of these disasters were caused by a pure accident; some alleged negligence, and others by safety violations.

This is a somber post, but a very important one to remind us that our lives can change in the blink of an eye.

Here are 5 mining tragedies that the world has not forgotten:

  1. The Vale Tailings Dam Collapse – Brazil

Vale Mining is the world’s largest iron ore producer. They burst into the headlines in January of 2019, with reports of catastrophic failure of one of their tailings dams. 154 people were buried alive in toxic mud and a total of 243 lost their lives, as the sludge flowed 5 miles downhill traveling through neighborhoods and covering farmland. This was the second dam break within three years for Vale. As a result, their stock price plummetted and it set the stage for Brazilian Prosecutors to consider filing criminal charges against them.

  1. Sago Mine Collapse – Sago, WV

On January 2, 2006, the town of Sago, West Virginia was changed forever. On that fateful day, 12 Miners lost their lives when a blast ripped through the mine trapping 13 employees in the 2 Left Parallel Section. The ventilation controls were damaged by the explosion and the men attempted to barricade the No. 3 Face. The incident garnered worldwide attention and became worse when officials at the mine released incorrect information. Subsequently, news outlets reported incorrectly that there were 12 survivors. When in fact, there was one survivor and twelve fatalities.

  1. The Hillcrest Mine – Canada

The town of Hillcrest experienced the world’s third worst mining disaster of the time on June 19, 1914. Unfortunately, 235 men entered the mine that fateful morning and 189 would not return home; about half the workforce. The blast ripped through the mine a little after 9 AM. Only 17 of the 189 men who lost their lives were born in Canada; the remainder were immigrants who were looking to make new lives for themselves and their families. Many of the miners were buried in a mass grave at the Hillcrest Cemetery and 9 days later World War I began. After that, attention quickly shifted from the disaster in Hillcrest.

  1. The Sunshine Mine – Kellogg, ID

Deep in the heart of Silver Valley of Kellogg, ID lies the Sunshine Mine, one of the most prosperous mines in the Silver Valley. On the fated day of May 2, 1972, 173 workers headed out to start work approximately 3,700 feet underground. A few hours into the shift, two employees noticed smoke and shouted out a warning to the other miners. Soon after, the toxic smoke overtook the miners. While many were able to make it out safely, 91 did not.

The small community was devastated at the loss of their friends, family, and neighbors. The cause of the fire was never found. Every year on May 2nd, people gather for the Miner’s Day Ceremony to honor and remember those who lost their lives that fateful day.

  1. Granite Mountain – Butte, MT

On the eve of June 8, 1917, 410 men were underground working their night shift at Granite Mountain. In an unfortunate chain of events, a carbide lamp set fire to an armored power cable, which quickly spread to a flammable oiled fabric. Then, the blaze caught the shaft timbers on fire. As a result, the mine rapidly filled with smoke and gas as the workers scrambled to escape. Out of the 410 men, 247 were able to escape, while sadly 163 perished. In the end, it took 8 days of concentrated efforts to contain the fire and rescue the victims.

The first priority and concern of all in the mining industry must be the health and safety of our most precious resource, the miner. Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1969.

The People of Mining have heart and soul. I know, because I talk to them every single day in my line of work. Memorials are to honor the fallen and recognize the risks that these brave men and women make every day. In recognition, Congress has designated December 6th as National Miner’s Day to honor the sacrifices of miners past and present.

The 3 Most Wanted Mining & Heavy Industrial Positions

Mining & Heavy Industrial

As a recruiter who specializes in the mining & heavy industrial industries, I navigate the ever-changing landscape daily – from interesting new clients and candidates to new job orders and hiring processes. So far this year, my team and I have noticed several trends throughout the labor market. Here are the top 3 most critical positions that we are seeing across the mining & heavy industrial manufacturing.

  1. Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS)

Nearly every client of mine is looking for some sort of EHS Professional. These roles range in seniority, from specialists to global directors. EHS is certainly a must-need so far this year. With the importance of employee safety and environmental safety, EHS seems to be at an all-time high. Different states have different regulations to abide by. As a result, job descriptions and qualifications vary greatly from company to company. The good news is that EHS professionals are some of the best candidates to work with!

  1. Process Engineers

Oh boy, I swear everyone needs a Process Engineer. In fact, most companies are looking for several. With such a focus on continuous improvement projects throughout facilities, Process Engineers are in incredibly high demand. If you have a Chemical Engineering degree and six-sigma experience, get in contact with my team NOW! I believe every HR team is working on at least one Process Engineering position. This goes for just about all industries we work on including mining, aggregates, pulp and paper, and metal manufacturing.

  1. Instrumentation and Electrical (I&E)

The number one most wanted position in the mining & heavy industrial space has to be Instrumentation and Electrical. With mining and manufacturing doing so well in today’s market, everyone needs some sort of I&E position. From power systems to instrumentation and controls, this is by far the most critical role I have received across the board. Luckily, there are a good number of qualified candidates to fill these roles. It certainly wouldn’t be a bad time to have these skill sets and qualifications. In other words, I am seeing these candidates get great compensation packages. Electrical maintenance is a position I work on day in and day out. If you have an I&E background and are looking for a new opportunity, get in touch with me and my team.

Subsequently, if your mining or heavy industrial team has critical roles to fill in these areas, contact me today. I have a steady pipeline of qualified candidates ready to grow their careers and make their next move.

Mining Trends

Mining Trends to Watch for in 2019

Mining Trends

The Mining industry is recovering from a difficult couple of decades. Since October 2016, mining has been steadily growing in both production and job creation. While there are many factors that affect this volatile industry, here are a few mining trends to watch for in the second half of 2019.

Access to resources

As mining companies continue to extract mineral resources, we are seeing once fruitful areas begin to become exhausted. To accommodate, mining organizations have two options:

  • Use new technologies for further extraction and processing
  • Open new extraction and processing locations in areas that were once not economically viable

New technologies will also help make mining processes more efficient and economical. Organizations will be able to save time and money during processing, all while reducing waste. As a result, new plants or mines will open up, which will generate new jobs for years to come.

Transforming the workforce

In 2018, employment in the mining industry increased by an average of 5,000 jobs per month. And in the first half of 2019, average monthly job gains are over 1,000 jobs. This is great news! The mining industry as a whole has left it’s pre-2016 slump and has been steadily growing. However, the labor force as a whole is aging as Baby Boomers near retirement.

In fact, by 2022 more than one-quarter of the U.S. labor force will be in the 55-plus age category. To put it in perspective, the percentage of Baby Boomers who are now retired has doubled since 2010. In the mining sector, 27 percent of the workforce will be over the age of 55 in 2022. This is especially troubling because the mining sector is the fifth fastest growing industry sector with a growth rate of 1.4 percent over the next 5 years. To compensate for the aging workforce, mining organizations will have to find creative ways to attract younger talent.

There’s a skills gap

With a rapidly growing industry and a workforce that is aging, employers are having troubles finding and retaining skilled workers in the mining sector. There are 1.63 million more jobs than available workers to fill them, and the mining industry is feeling the effects of this challenge for employers. As the mining industry continues to digitize, employers have to find ways to attract younger talent and train current employees on new processes and technologies.

Mining is becoming more and more automated, and mining employers are going to have to make workplace adjustments. A great example of this is Rio Tinto, who recently announced a $2 million vocational education and training initiative to address their skills gap. Programs like this will help ensure the next generation of workers is prepared to make an impact in the mining sector.

Get the talent your team needs

If your recruiting efforts are stuck in a rut, our team can help you find the diamonds in the rough. Our experienced Mining & Heavy Industrial recruiting team knows the ins-and-outs of the industry and will help your team find the talent you need in today’s competitive market. Contact a JSG recruiter today!

Pulp and Paper Industry

10 Interesting Facts About the Pulp and Paper Industry

The Pulp and Paper Industry has been around for centuries and it plays an integral role in our everyday lives. Without even realizing it, we use paper almost every single day. In fact, there are over 5,000 products made from paper and paper by-products. From napkins to coffee filters to even shipping materials, we use paper much more than we typically think about. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Pulp and Paper Industry that you may not have known.

10 interesting paper industry facts

  1. Paper was first invented in China in 100 B.C. and the paper industry was officially created in 105 A.D.
  2. Paper was originally made by mixing chopped bark, hemp, and water. Then, you’d press it flat and let it dry in the sun to form paper.
  3. The first patent issued for a continuous papermaking machine was in 1799 to Louis-Nicolas Robert in France.
  4. Benjamin Franklin was the first paper merchant in America. He also helped start 18 mills in Virginia and surrounding areas.
  5. The U.S. Pulp and Paper Industry produces 78 million tons of paper per year, valued at $187 billion. Additionally, it employs 373,400 people with an annual payroll of over $30 billion and an average salary of $81,300.
  6. Every year, Americans use about 70 million tons of paper and paperboard.
  7. A single pine tree can produce approximately 80,500 sheets of paper.
  8. Paper is one the easiest and most inexpensive consumer products to recycle, and worldwide, 65% of it is recovered.
  9. Since 1990, U.S. paper recovery has increased by 76%.
  10. Ironically, the United States’ printed “paper” money isn’t paper at all. It’s 75% cotton and 25% linen. So, the saying “money doesn’t grow on trees” is certainly true!

Looking for your next paper career opportunity?

The paper industry is full of interesting facts and plays a crucial role in all of our lives. So, if you work in the Pulp and Paper Industry and are looking for a new opportunity, my team and I have several exciting opportunities across the United States. Reach out to me if you’re ready for your next step in your career! Additionally, you can check out the Johnson Search Group job board. We have dozens of opportunities available across the country!

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How Good is Today’s Job Market?

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You’ve read the news and seen the reports. The labor market is competitive. But is today’s job market really as strong as people think it is? The short answer is yes! Here’s a brief overview of today’s job market and how to navigate it if you’re an employer.

According to LinkedIn’s May Workforce Report, gross hiring in the United States was 7.4 percent higher in April 2019 than in the year prior. And we are also experiencing an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, which is a near 50-year low.

The labor market is really strong, and some industries are more competitive than others. To put this in perspective, the three industries Johnson Search Group specializes in (Mining & Heavy Industrial, Banking, and Healthcare) have all seen tremendous growth over the last 12 months.

Mining

The Mining & Energy industry has come back to life in recent years. Over the last year alone, the number of unemployed mining professionals has been cut in half from 39,000 to roughly 17,000 people. Moreover, year-over-year growth in the Mining & Energy industry is 4.9 percent. And over the last two months, the growth has been 2.2 percent, from April to May. In April 2019, the unemployment rate in Mining was just 2.4 percent, well below the nation’s average.

Banking & Finance

In April 2019, there were 12,000 Banking & Finance jobs created. And over the last 12 months, 110,000 jobs were generated in the industry. Average hourly earnings in the industry have also risen over the past year from $34.46 an hour to $35.53. The unemployment rate in this sector is well below the national average at 2.1 percent. The Banking & Finance industry has a 7.7 percent growth year-over-year.

Healthcare

263,000 Healthcare jobs were added in April 2019, overshadowing the average monthly gains of 213,000 for the last 12 months. Not surprisingly, the Healthcare industry has continued to grow rapidly over the year. The industry experienced year-over-year growth of 7.5 percent over the last 12 months. And this growth will keep climbing. Healthcare became the largest U.S. employer in 2018, and by 2026, the industry will add nearly 4.0 million jobs.

How to navigate this market

With how competitive the market is, it can be difficult to find the talent your team needs. It’s a candidate’s market and employers cannot afford to drag their feet when making hiring decisions. You must move quickly to ensure you secure top talent.

Have you ever thought of the costs incurred from a vacancy on your team? There are several hidden costs associated with unfilled positions at your organization. According to SHRM, the average open position takes 42 days to fill at a cost of $4,129. The cost of vacancies can certainly add up as good employees take advantage of this hot job market and move onto other opportunities. Many of our clients are incurring these indirect costs and don’t even realize the financial impact of unfilled positions.

If you find yourself in this same boat, have you thought of partnering with a recruiter? A recruiting company, like Johnson Search Group, will help you find the qualified talent your team needs quickly and help you mitigate these costs. We have a huge network of great candidates ready to make a move and make an immediate impact on your organization. Let’s have a conversation and help you fill some of those vacant positions.