NY business owner says worker shortage an ’emergency’ since COVID pandemic hit

Matthew Messer, the owner of New York Solar Maintenance, says he’s still not getting applicants even though he has been increasing wages. 

The owner of a New York solar construction business told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that the worker shortage in his industry has become an “emergency” since the coronavirus pandemic hit. 

Matthew Messer, the owner of New York Solar Maintenance, told host Brian Kilmeade that “the single biggest issue for my business right now is hiring.” 

So much so, that he said he has to jump in and work out in the field on top of his day-to-day responsibilities to compensate for the shortage.

“As I grow the business, I want to satisfy the demand for solar repairs, which is a really growing business,” Messer told Kilmeade. 

“I want to keep my customers happy and that means I need to both meet my deadlines during the day, 9 to 5, and then return their calls from 5 to 8 at night. It’s a challenge right now.” 

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