The Greenheck Fan Corporation is one of the largest manufacturers in the region, and it's getting bigger. The company will hire 125 new production workers at its Schofield plant over the next several months. It's something Greenheck is getting used to.
"We have managed to grow during the last four years. [We] have not had to lay anybody off," says Jon Krueger, Greenheck Vice President of Human Resources.
Krueger says the company did not hire as many people over the last four years as usual, but they're proud they didn't have to downsize. He says it speaks to what the company that was founded here 57 years ago is all about.
Greenheck isn't the only local business that will add jobs in the near future. Network Engineering Associates in Wausau, which was recently bought out by Berbee Information Networks in Madison, plans to add five to 10 new positions within the next year.
"I think the IT industry is continuing to grow. I don't think it's continuing to grow at the astronomical rates it was several years ago, but I think it's a continually growing market," says Brent Kierdrowski, a branch manager at Berbee.
The Marathon County Job Center says they have noticed a slight increase in manufacturing jobs recently, but they don't want to call it a trend just yet.