Bridging the Chinese Skills Gap

Originally published in Computerworld.

Hankscraft Inc. has been making industrial motors and mechanized pumps for more than 50 years in Reedsburg, Wis. The company came to China just three years ago but already has twice as many employees here as it has at home.

Jonathan Funkhouser, who is general manager of Hankscraft’s China operations and who makes the top-level technology decisions, thought it was going to be hard to get all the government approvals he would need in order to set up shop in China. But that turned out to be the easy part. “Finding good employees and managers was the most difficult,” he says.

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