Caring for workers
With health insurance one of an employer's top costs — if not the top cost — businesses are constantly on the lookout for ways to save money. For some businesses, the answer may seem counterintuitive — expanding their medical offerings available through onsite employee clinics. During a recent three-month span, the Kimberly Area School District estimates it saved more than $30,000 — or 53 percent — in health care costs with employees using the district's clinic instead of them seeing their regular health providers, says Dawn Ludwig, director of human resources for KASD.
Jake Roloff, a decorated U.S. Marine veteran, transitioned from military service to working in the molding department at Waupaca Foundry's gray iron foundry in Waupaca. Veterans and active-duty military personnel make up 10 percent of the company's workforce.
U.S. Army Soldier Follows Family Tradition, From Waupaca Foundry to the Service
Sheldon Goggins followed in his family’s footsteps when he first joined the service three years ago. His grandparents, dad, uncle and brother had all served before him, and Goggins decided that the Army National Guard was the right fit for him.
Pumpkin Time at the Miller’s
James (Jim) Miller has been an electrical maintenance employee at Plant 1 in Waupaca, Wis., for nearly 18 years. Jim has become famous in the Waupaca County community during the fall season, though, for his pumpkin carvings that he displays every year, known as “Pumpkin Time at the Miller’s.”
U.S. Army veteran applies military skills to work at Waupaca Foundry
Larry Gunderman has worked at Waupaca Foundry in the maintenance department at the company’s Marinette, Wisconsin ductile iron foundry for the last 15 years. Prior to joining the Foundry, Gunderman served in the military for 13 years and departed as a Staff Sergeant for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR). SOAR, also known as Night Stalkers, is a special operations force of the United States Army that provides helicopter aviation support for general purpose and special operations forces.
Internship with Waupaca Foundry Changed Career Path
In August 2013, Nik Greulich, a high school student at the time, started an internship at Waupaca Foundry in Tell City, Indiana. He worked with project engineers with the intention to study mechanical engineering the following year at college. However, after working with the team closely, he realized this career path was not right for him and wanted something more hands on.