Ohio business owner says there are not enough sober applicants to fill positions

Warren Fabricating and Machining co-owner Regina Mitchell says there are "not enough sober applicants" for jobs in the Valley

WARREN, OH (WKBN/CNN) – An Ohio businesswoman is bringing her frustrations with the opioid epidemic to a national audience.

Although there are plenty of openings at Warren Fabricating and Machining, co-owner Regina Mitchell says she’s having trouble hiring because so many applicants are failing drug tests.

Mitchell explained to a CNN reporter how this points to a bigger crisis.

“In our Mahoning Valley, it seems like it’s worse than in other places all over the country. I have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment for my employees. I have a responsibility to my customers to build quality products. So, I need employees who are engaged in their work while they’re here, of sound mind and doing the best possible job that they can, and keeping their fellow co-workers safe at all times,” she said.

Mitchell says four out of 10 otherwise qualified applicants for welding, machinist and crane operating jobs are turned away.

NBC4i.com provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s