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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – It used to take two weeks to fill a manufacturing job in Southern Illinois. Now, it takes up to two months, according to an area workforce leader.

Manufacturers are campaigning to educate high school students about the opportunities at their plants.

The chair of the Manufacturing Steering Committee, Don Vichitvongsa of Suncoke Energy, explains there’s a lack of knowledge about today’s manufacturing jobs and how much they pay. He says there is potential to make $80,000 a year.

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