SCEDC launches workforce recruitment initiative

With over 1,200 jobs available at the present time and many local employers unable to find adequate workforce, Sheboygan County Economic Development Partnership (SCEDC) has launched a campaign to connect local employers with prospective new employees.

“We have companies telling us at the present time about challenges expanding locally due to lack of workforce,” stated SCEDC Executive Director Dane Checolinski. “Our plan is to reach recent high school graduates from about a 30- mile radius to make them aware of the jobs that are available locally.”

The plan was announced by Checolinski at the SCEDC Annual Meeting on Nov. 19.

Sheboygan County’s growth is the highest among all Wisconsin counties on the lakeshore, coinciding with continued unemployment decline in the county, now at its lowest level since 2008.

The employment growth is creating opportunities for people across the nation to join one of Sheboygan County’s many growing companies that are fueling the economic surge.

County employer’s payrolls have added thousands of new hires in just the past two years, continuing a consistent growth trend.

As a result, many Sheboygan County companies are seeking workforce and are willing to train and provide significant starting wages and benefits.

The SCEDC’s strategy is to direct mail over 7,500 postcards promoting a link to a web page,

The page lists number of companies that are currently hiring. Companies such as Bemis Manufacturing Company, Johnsonville Sausage, Kohler Co., Rockline Industries, and Sargento Foods Inc., each of which are looking for people with a good work ethic.

Unskilled employees can find companies willing to train all aspects of the job with generous starting compensation and benefi ts.

For example, entry level workers at Rockline can expect to earn at least $35,000 in their first year plus benefits, and they also provide reimbursement to team members that choose to earn college credit.

Rockline continues to experience growth and cannot expand locally without growth in workforce.

“We know that this is a very opportune time in history for Sheboygan County’s economy,” SCEDC President Dave Aldag said. “Few places have the combination of high entry-level pay, low cost of home ownership and solid public schools. We hope to assist local employers in their need to fulfill their demand for additional staff so that we can continue the impressive economic momentum.”

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