Bluff offices and plants remain open and operational at this time and we will continue to make every effort to serve the needs of our customers.
We’ve talked about employment and unemployment several times in the last couple of years. At the height of the recession it was all we heard and worse, experienced. We’d like to say that the country is in a better shape now and the state of affairs is improving. But the slow growth is still causing negative ripples throughout the economy and the negative state of hiring in the country is still high at a 9.1% national unemployment rate! At this rate, recovery is at best – sputtering! The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 46% of the unemployed have been out of work for 27 weeks or longer. Federal jobs have seen some increase, but the private sectors, especially small businesses, are still gun-shy about hiring or re-hiring.
Not exactly the kind of news you want to hear.
BUT… there IS a silver lining in the clouds … at least for Texans! I managed to catch a recent discussion on NPR on my way to work (the kind of news you want to hear). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas is the leader in putting people back to work and creating jobs. Everything truly is bigger and better in Texas! For Texans, that’s much-needed relief considering other states have not had such positive employment numbers.
An article in Wall Street Journal’s ‘Market Watch,’ showed that Texas has been busy hiring this past year – adding 251,700 jobs! Let’s hope this positive trend continues to grow not just in the great state of Texas, but also throughout the country. The real contributor in Texas has been the private sector. For instance, at Bluff Manufacturing alone we added 15 jobs in the last year in Production, Customer Service, Operations, Engineering, Marketing, and Business Development. And we’re always looking for qualified, dedicated, and hard-working people to add to our talent pool.
The country is counting on the private sector to create jobs and provide gainful employment and Bluff Manufacturing wants to help. We know that it is our employees and their contribution to the company that keeps us operating successfully quarter after quarter. Right now, we are looking for exceptional sales talent!
So, if you think you’re a rainmaker sell us on YOU! A visit to our website will give you details about Bluff’s line of material handling products which includes yard ramps, dock boards, dock plates, crash guard safety rails, rack guard, mezzanines, conveyor support, stairways, ladders and landings. You can also find the right contact person on our website and apply for any open positions.
Stay tuned to our employment page, we are constantly looking to add talented and skilled individuals to our team and that individual could be you or someone you know. Americans being gainfully employed and taking pride in their work is the end-point we should all be ultimately working towards! So, we’re glad Texas is taking that first big step – now let’s hope everyone else will follow suit over the second half of the year! As Americans, our Independence was hard won. Let’s all do what we can to keep America strong.