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Common Myths About Working in Manufacturing

Manufacturing jobs often get a bad rap. They’re engulfed by assumptions like, “Manufacturing is dirty and unhealthy,” or “Manufacturing won’t help me grow my career.” The reality is, these are tired and outdated statements that no longer describe the innovative, successful environments like Elsner Engineering Works, Inc. The manufacturing industry is actually one of the largest and most influential sectors of the American economy.


Let's debunk some common myths about working in manufacturing:


Myth 1: The working conditions are bad.

You might have a grimy, dull and gray image of a dirt-covered floor and temperatures comparable to those of the Sahara Desert pictured in your mind when you think of working in manufacturing. But did you know that ELSNER offers a temperature-controlled environment and maintains a clean and orderly workspace?


Myth 2: Manufacturing is not a career and there is no room for growth.

If you’re like many of the employees at Elsner Engineering Works, you enjoy a good challenge and a job that keeps your mind sharp. Every position plays a vital role that contributes to the Company’s success. Our Machinists, Assemblers and Service Technicians spend years perfecting their craft through school, on-the-job learning and mentorship. Our goal is to help our employees grow and succeed. Many experience internal promotion, external educational opportunities, cross-training and more.


Myth 3: The pay is low, and the benefits are bad.

With knowledge, experience and career growth comes opportunities to advance...and we’re talking benefits AND pay! Want to see your insurance benefits take effect less than 30 days after starting at a new company? No problem. Vacation time? There’s plenty where that came from. Looking to go back to school or become more active? Our tuition and gym reimbursement programs have you covered.


Myth 4: Manufacturing jobs aren’t stable.

With over 85 years in business, ELSNER has a proven track record of being a stable, family-owned and customer-oriented organization that keeps the best interests of employees at the forefront of every decision. Plus, we produce machinery that converts essential end-use products such as disinfectant wipes, water filters and medical drapes. During the pandemic we have been busier than ever, helping our customers keep up with demands!


ELSNER produces essential products

Myth 5: Only small consumer products are manufactured in the U.S.A.

Though we have 3,000 machines in 60 countries around the world, ELSNER operates solely out of two facilities in Hanover, Pennsylvania. Our engineering, machining, assembly and installations are performed by local employees who are experts in their field.


Myth 6: It’s a dangerous industry for workers.

It’s true that machines can pose safety threats if not properly guarded or maintained. However, ELSNER’s PA state-approved, certified Safety Committee conducts monthly audits to ensure the safety and well-being of our employees are always first priority.



Manufacturing is an industry for men AND women.

Myth 7: Women aren’t welcome in the manufacturing industry.

Statistics show that manufacturing jobs are predominantly held by men, but ELSNER is committed to closing the gender gap. Machinists, managers, coordinators – you name it. We have many female leaders within the organization. Women are welcome and encouraged to join the industry.


Myth 8: Robots are replacing human workers in manufacturing.

Automation is certainly at the forefront of manufacturing and ELSNER is no exception. Robots are changing the way manufacturing works, but they’re not replacing workers. They’re replacing the old knowledge and skills to do the job. They’re creating new learning opportunities and exciting career paths for workers.


Are you convinced yet? Manufacturing is having a big impact on technology, livelihoods and the economy. At ELSNER, our purpose is to make a difference in the lives of millions. Apply today and come join our team! www.ElsnerCareers.com


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