Major workforce development announcement Tuesday in Sheboygan

Area businesses struggling to fill job openings

Executives from the Kohler Co., Plymouth-based Sargento Foods Inc. and Sheboygan Falls-based Bemis Manufacturing Co., will participate in a major workforce development initiative announcement planned for Tuesday at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts in Sheboygan.

A media advisory today from the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. said the press conference will be a “major jobs-related announcement” that will impact “multiple lakeshore companies.”

Dane Checolinski, director of the Sheboygtan County EDC, declined to provide details about the “collaborative initiative” that will be announced Tuesday.

Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen will also participate in the announcement Tuesday. He said it will involve a workforce development initiative, but also declined to provide further details.

Sheboygan County is struggling to attract workers that businesses need to fill job openings, Vandersteen said. The county has 2,400 jobs openings that are unfilled, he said.

In November, the Sheboygan metro area had a 3.3 percent unemployment rate, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Several companies in Sheboygan are expanding and need more workers, Vandersteen said. For example, Old Wisconsin Sausage is building a new 104,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Sheboygan. Construction began recently for a 20,000-square-foot office building for SACO Polymers. In September, PolyFab Corp. completed construction of a 52,000-square-foot expansion project.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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