Crain's Cleveland Business | Rachel Abbey McCafferty | October 18, 2017
Manufacturers have long talked about a skills gap in the industry that's making it difficult for them to find the workers they need.
But there's another hurdle employers haven't always been as open about: applicants' inability to pass drug tests.
What's brought it to the forefront? The opioid epidemic ravaging the state has played a part, as have concerns about the legalization of medical marijuana.
Bill Adler, president and CEO of Stripmatic Products Inc. in Cuyahoga Heights, said drug use has been affecting the company's ability to hire people for years. Right now, Adler's looking for entry-level employees that he can train, and he's struggled to fill six positions. There have been candidates he thought would be "phenomenal," but drug tests have gotten in the way.