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Seeking truck drivers At the InterChange


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Group Inc., a Harrison- burg-based warehousing, logistics and industrial development company, finding qualified truck drivers is the problem. “It’s a very competitive


environment for truck drivers,” says its CFO, Kevin Longenecker, CPA. He notes that InterChange’s services follow the ebb and flow of its customers’


businesses. When one customer ramps up production and needs its help, Lon- genecker says, his company must be able to hire qualified workers on short notice. “Our whole industry is built on month- to-month [demand],” Longenecker says. InterChange expects container


business, both import and export, will accelerate with the recent opening of the enlarged Panama Canal. The company hopes to take advantage of that upswing. In 2005, Longenecker was one of the first 20 employees hired at InterChange,


which now has about 100 employees. He says being CFO is a big change


from his earliest jobs. “My father was a butcher. My first job was swatting flies,” Longenecker recalls.


Recruiting tech employees Michael Bame,


controller at Harmonia Holdings Group in Blacksburg, started with the company in 2007 when it had 25 employ- ees. Today, it has more than 300 in seven offices across the country. “We have to have the financial


Bame


resources to sustain growth, and you have to have a system to bring in a bunch of people at one time,” he says of the technology company, which handles many federal contracts and sometimes hires in spurts. Bame, who also is in charge of


human resources, says the company sometimes struggles to recruit high- caliber tech workers. He says tech giants such as Google and Microsoft recruit heavily at Virginia Tech, giving graduates a wide range of job choices. Many new graduates prefer the vibe


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of big cities to Blacksburg’s small-town atmosphere. Frequently, though, Bame says, Harmonia captures many of these workers when they marry and begin rais- ing families. “They find out they don’t want to go to a big city. It’s better to raise a family here,” Bame says. Harmonia has contracts with a


number of federal agencies, including the Census Bureau, Patent Office and Department of Defense. One strategy the company has used to retain tech employees is to move them to other con- tracts if one they have been working on comes to an abrupt end. “We don’t like to lay off people,” Bame says. “It’s hard enough to attract them.”


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