Changing Workforce

In Wisconsin, hoping a high-tech workplace can attract new workers to manufacturing

By WBAY (Green Bay, WI)

Aug 23, 2017

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Of the 150 companies recently surveyed by the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, 80 percent report having a hard time finding qualified employees.

That's up from just 29 percent in 2011.

One local company hopes its increasingly high-tech workplace can attract new workers.

At Georgia-Pacific, Mike Kawleski likes to point out that this is no longer your grandfather's paper mill.

"We get the comment and maybe the impression from people that manufacturing is all the bad D words right, dark, dirty, dangerous, dead end, and really it's high-tech, high skill, high pay," Kawleski, Georgia-Pacific Public Affairs Manager.

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