Some Metro Detroit businesses struggle to find employees during COVID pandemic


TAYLOR, me. – Some companies thrive during the coronavirus by making products that are in high demand, but struggling to find people willing to work.

Craig Van Riper is the CEO of Preferred Packaging Solutions in Taylor. They make cardboard boxes, which are in great demand during the pandemic as shopping has turned to shipping. Riper said there aren’t enough people on the job that the company is struggling to keep up with demand.

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Manufacturing companies face the challenge of filling vacancies because they have to be done personally. COVID-19 is the biggest impact that has kept many workers at home.


Stimulus checks and additional unemployment benefits have proven to be a lifeline for many families. In some cases, $ 10 to $ 17 an hour is only 50 to 70 percent of current unemployment benefits.

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Dusty Kennedy