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What skills gap? How Bushwick’s Total Metal Resource built a team of 2,000 local welders

Early last Spring, Bushwick-based Total Metal Resource won a contract with Riverside Developers to make 2,000 simple steel pieces for The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg. With his four-person team already committed to other projects, Founder Scott Behr didn’t want to scour Craigslist and expand his staff with cold hires. Then he remembered that through TMR’s Metal Shop Fantasy Camp, he’d taught 900 New Yorkers basic welding and metal work. Behr reached out to the community and quickly recruited 20 temporary hires to work in four-hour shifts. Less than three weeks later, TMR delivered the job.

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StrongArm CEO Sean Petterson leads Forbes 30 Under 30: Manufacturing & Industry selections

Sean Petterson, CEO of StrongArm Technologies and a former NYCEDC Next Top Makers Fellow, was picked for this year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list. The national honor recognizes StrongArm’s dedication to keeping blue-collar workers safer and Petterson’s success in building his startup. His Navy Yard-based team is 15 people strong and plans a trio of hires in the first quarter says CMO Matt Norcia.

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