Lenawee County chemical companies to discuss talent pipeline efforts

Sara Cambensy

 Local chemical companies will show how they are working together to expand their talent pipeline at an event later this month.

Elements of Collaboration will take place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. March 21 at the Adrian Armory Events Center, 230 W. Maumee St. The in-person event is hosted by Lenawee Now. Business leaders, government officials, and the public are invited, a news release said.

Leaders in the chemistry industry and local experts have joined together to solve a shared problem: growing their talent pipeline, the release said. Event goers can learn about this unique collaboration and how this could be adapted across other industries from an expert panel and a presentation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

“You don’t often hear about companies coming together to collaborate like this,” Michael Ayre, director of human resources at the Wacker Chemical Co., said. “But those of us involved in this project recognized an opportunity. Working together to promote careers in our industry would strengthen employee attraction and retention while strengthening our industry as a whole.”

Networking will start at 5 p.m., with the program beginning at 5:30 p.m. The program will illustrate how these businesses came together, the successes they have experienced, and how the collaboration has benefited all the companies exponentially, the release said.

“It is quite exciting what is happening in Lenawee County,” state Sen. Dale Zorn R-Ida, who will moderate the event’s panel discussion, said in the release. “The leaders in this industry, as well as workforce development partners, recognized the need for collaboration, and they are proactively working together to solve problems in our tightening labor market. I’m looking forward to moderating the expert panel and learning how this could be applied to other industries and in other regions in our great state of Michigan.”

To learn more about this event or to RSVP, visit LenaweeNow.org/Elements-Of-Collaboration. RSVP by emailing Info@LenaweeNow.org or by calling 517-265-5141.