LODI - Today in Lodi, members of a northern New Jersey manufacturing business discussed college alternatives with high school students.
While many students head straight to college after high school, some educators want their students to know that there is an alternative that could also give New Jersey's manufacturing industry a new life.
HK Metalcraft has been in business in Lodi since 1926, manufacturing metal parts that literally keep the wheels turning. Many of the parts are used in cars. Raymond Hopp, the president and CEO of HK Metalcraft, says that if it doesn't get some new employees soon, his company's future could come to a grinding halt.
Michael Paitchell refuses to let that happen. An engineer and member of Clifton Schools Board of Education, he's determined to spark student interest, before it is too late.
Paitchell says hundreds of jobs are available for qualified workers. He's lobbying Trenton to bring shop classes back to schools, so companies such as HK Metalcraft have a chance to survive.