Nick Novak Speaks with WBAY-TV in Green Bay About the Manufacturing Workforce Shortage

GREEN BAY – After a meeting at Fort McCoy Wednesday, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wisconsin, says up to 10,000 refugees could be coming to Wisconsin. Some of them may settle in northeast Wisconsin and there’s a non-profit preparing to help them get jobs by teaching them soft skills.

“Manufactures are willing to train people. They are looking for anyone who is willing to show up to work on time, work hard, and be a part of the company,” Wisconsin Manufactures and Commerce Vice President of Communication Nick Novak said.

According to WMC, the lack of employment could impact a company’s output.

It’s no secret northeast Wisconsin has a tight labor market, but several factors have exacerbated the problem, including the pandemic. This has forced employers to offer incentives, including signing bonuses and increasing the hourly wage.

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