Manufacturers look to add jobs in 2012

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM EDT

By WKBW News

January 4, 2012 Updated Jan 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM EDT

Several manufacturers in WNY are planning to hire more workers in 2012, according to a report in this week's Business First. It shows that many area factories need employees, but can't find them since young people aren't interested in manufacturing and parents and teachers aren't pushing kids into the field. So several factories are outsourcing work. Officials with Wendt Corporation tell Business First they want to hire 20 workers this year at a Walden Avenue plant. The report also shows how some manufacturing work is coming back to the U.S., especially highly technical work, which requires a certain skill set and a mechanical ability.

If you made a New Year's resolution to improve your health, you're not alone. Health insurers are also encouraging people to take a more active role in maintaining their health. A report in this week's Business First show how all three major health plans in WNY: Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Independent Health and Univera, are trying to boost consumer engagement, as they try to prove to people that actions can control the cost of healthcare. They say if people are engaged, they understand their condition and can better manage it. When they choose not to, it ends up costing more.

You can read more in this week's Business First.

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