SCEDC partners with DFA to aid displaced workers

When Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) announced in October that its Plymouth facility would close in January 2016, leaders of the farmer owned cooperative committed to assisting employees in finding new jobs and opportunities.

“The decision to close the facility was an extremely difficult one,” says Angela Radl, human resources manager at the Plymouth facility. “Employees at the facility have been incredibly dedicated, and we are focused on doing whatever we can to help them through this process.”

The employees of the Plymouth facility have much to offer the business community in the region, according Radl. Many of them have worked in the food processing industry for decades.

Working closely with officials from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation (SCEDC), the Department of Workforce Development, Great Lakes Training & Development, and the Sheboygan Job Center, a variety of events and outreach programs are taking place to help these dedicated, long-term employees find new opportunities in the region. Some have already secured new jobs.

“We are extremely grateful for the collaboration of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation, the Department of Workforce Development, Great Lakes Training & Development, and the Sheboygan Job Center, which has enabled us to offer a variety of outreach programs to our employees,” Radl says. DFA is also working to help employees understand their benefits, offering resume-building workshops and arranging mock interviews with human resources professionals.

In addition, a recent job fair connected employees with 24 companies and organizations in the region looking for quality individuals. For employees interested in relocating, opportunities are also available at DFA facilities around the country.

“DFA management is proactively assisting employees with the tools to be successful in their job search,” says Dane Checolinski, director of SCEDC. “As the county has 2,400 jobs posted in the last 90 days, these dedicated and skilled individuals, many with 18 years or more experience in food processing, should be able to find meaningful employment quickly.”

Companies in need of skilled labor and interested in connecting with the DFA Plymouth workforce can contact the Sheboygan Job Center at (920) 208-5820.

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