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Wisconsin manufacturers highlight job needs, push for more employees

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) – Wisconsin is the number two state in the nation for manufacturing jobs, and leaders in the field from across the state are pushing for more.

At a conversation held Wednesday at North Central Technical College, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) say four out of five Wisconsin businesses are having a hard time hiring workers.

Manufacturing executives from the Wausau area touched on everything from the work force shortage to the future of the industry.

Specifically, they and other business owners are looking for ways to attract more talent to the Badger State – especially younger workers.

“Manufacturing used to be seen as just dumb, dirty and dangerous, when now it’s high-tech, high-skill and high pay,” explained Nick Novak, Senior Director of Communications for WMC. “So before any young person thinks, ‘I need to go to a four-year university,’ check out technical colleges. See what programs are there and what they want to do.”

Novak continues by saying employees of manufacturing jobs – on average – make more than a family of four in Wisconsin.

Governor Evers proclaimed October as manufacturing month.

WMC reports one in six Wisconsinites work in manufacturing.

Mason Dowling

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