Need for manufacturing workers increases in Southwest Virginia

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WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) More manufacturing jobs are popping up in Southwestern Virginia. That's according to the Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center for Excellence.

The agency helped host a career fair in Wytheville Wednesday morning that showcased more than 200 jobs from 23 employers in the region.

It's a trend, the director of the center tells us, that is credited to more offshore jobs coming back to the states.

Now manufacturing jobs are evolving into more techical positions.

"Manufacturing isn't what it used to be. A lot of people want to identify that it's dark, dank, and dead end when it's not. There is a lot of advanced technology," said Stephanie Surrett, the executive director of the Southwest Virginia Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence.

More programs are available at community colleges that help close the skills gap and prepare people for manufacturing jobs.