The Illinois flour mill sees the effects of labor and transportation problems
The mill manager at an Illinois flour mill says that, like many industries, it still works due to the lack of labor and trucks caused by the pandemic.
Mark Miller runs the Mennel Milling Company in Mt. Olive and tells Brownfield that last year it was particularly difficult to fill positions.
“As for the people who apply for jobs and show up for interviews and actually come to work. We continue to see problems there. We are in a slightly better shape than we were six months ago, but we are always looking for new people and we hope we can fill those positions and get back to where we really need to be. ”
He says he noticed the same shortages of labor from the truck company I use, but for the most part they managed to keep up.
“I received a few late loads, but for the most part I arrived on time. I have never run out of flour, which is always the key – to keep them stocked and functional. ”
Miller says this situation is different from the temporary work problems he has seen in the past.
“I do not remember ever seeing a situation in which I had difficulty obtaining trucks, in which there were no drivers who were always looking for work and who could meet those needs. Even from the point of view of the employees, I have never seen a situation as we see it now. “
He says he is grateful that the employees who show up for work have made an effort to fill the gaps, but he is ready to bring these employees back to a normal schedule.
Brownfield interviewed Miller during the annual meeting of the Illinois Wheat Association in Mt. Vernon.
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