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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – The manufacturing industry has been booming in Alabama for years. With the growing number of manufacturers coming to Alabama, there is a growing need for people to fill those jobs.

Alabama’s automotive manufacturing sector employed 40,000 people in 2018.

Gov. Kay Ivey has made it a goal to have 500,000 more high-skilled workers by 2025. Ivey has said students attending trade schools are part of the solution.

David Chenault grew up working with his hands. He said his dad was a mechanic.

“I like working with my hands,” he said. “I have a bunch of projects at the house.”

Chenault tried to attend a four-year college but then decided it was not for him.

“Really just boredom. Sitting at a class all day,” he said.

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