EVANS, Ga. - Augusta Cabinets & Casework located in beautiful Evans, GA near Augusta, is a licensed premium-grade architectural woodwork company with a heavy schedule of projects in a rapidly growing market. 
We last heard from COO Frankie Jordan in 2016, and the Augusta Cabinets told FDMC editor Karl Forth it was already growing rapidly and looking for workers. That blistering pace of expansion hasn't abated, and Jordan now finds his firm offering relocation bonuses and top-tier wages.  
A member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute, Augusta Cabinets & Casework engineers, manufactures, and installs premium-grade cabinetry and casework and other related finishes for healthcare facilities, hotels, and restaurants. 
Augusta Cabinets & Casework installation team
"We are an AWI premium licensed company and want some quality team members - and we are willing to invest in that, Jordan says. 
Owned by JH Cleveland Construction Co., also in Evans, Georgia, “We are experts in Healthcare casework,” says Jordan, who like last time is seeking10 experienced cabinetmakers and installers for full-time positions, working from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday with additional hours available. But it's harder to get responses. 

"I have ads all over the place its just hard finding qualified people. We are going through a boom down here. The military is building a cyber command center, hospitals are expanding - it's just hard to find people."

Even with all the incentives and pressure to keep up with volume, these jobs are not temporary, Jordan says. 

"It's for the foreseeable future - with that moving incentive we show we are willing to invest in our employees. There is a  big demand for established cabinetmakers than can build reception desks for a hospital, or for Corian fabricators, and for installers - who are an entirely different breed."

Industrywide. the search for workers is the leading problem for wood products firms. Last year a consortium of associations formed the Wood Industry Research Collaborative, aiming to work not on hiring GenX or Millennial employees, but on positioning woodworking jobs as an appealing career choice for the generation after that - Generation Z. Those in Gen Z are born between 1995 and 2014 and are the most diverse and multicultural of any generation in the U.S. Fifty-five percent are Caucasian, 24 percent are Hispanic, 14 percent are African-American and 4 percent are Asian. In addition to that youngest generation, the group will also reach out to millennials and possibly Gen Xers (parents).

At the upcoming Executive Briefing Conference in San Jose, the relationship between workforce and technology is a continuous theme of presenters. Personnel recruitment and retention are cited as the number one challenge confronting managers now. Danielle Clark, Director, Talent Development at Adobe, will talk about strategies her firm uses to realize the potential of its people, getting the most from its workforce in one of the most competitive markets in the world. Also speaking is Thomas Allott, manager of Stiles University, a wood industry education organization. 

"For the first time in modern history, the manufacturing industry consists of four different generations spanning over almost 70 years," says Allott. "Due to a lack of generational collaboration, our industry is faced with several challenges including lower employee retention rates, increased tribal knowledge, and decreased productivity." Allott will address these issues during an EBC dinner presentation April 15


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