Generac’s CEO finds new jobs, skilled workers don’t always match
WHITEWATER In an ironic twist in Wisconsin, manufacturing is seeing slow rebound, but there are fewer skilled workers able to handle the new jobs, according to a story in the Wisconsin State Journal.
The story quotes Aaron Jagdfeld, the president and CEO of Generac Power Systems, a Waukesha-based manufacturer of backup power generators, with Wisconsin plants in Whitewater, Eagle and Berlin. Generac plans to add 550 people to it workforce through 2015.
Generac’s production is frequently driven by unexpected weather events ranging from Hurricane Irene to early fall snowstorms in the Northeast, and Jagdfeld says workers need to be quick and skilled.
But as manufacturing has slowly declined in the state over the last 20 years, so, too have apprenticeships in the field, leaving a distinct gap in trained workers.
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