The report addresses the skills gap in the heavy equipment distribution industry, highlighting challenges in recruiting technically skilled workers. Despite a shift in causes, including perceptions of the industry and shortcomings in the education system, the survey indicates a stable situation. The skills gap adversely affects companies, hindering growth and customer service. Notable causes include the industry's perceived unattractiveness and educational biases favoring traditional college paths. The aging workforce exacerbates the gap. Recommendations include educational initiatives, data-driven recruiting, and leveraging older workers' expertise. The report also explores the broader impact on STEM and IT industries, concluding with suggestions for future exploration.