Looking north to find workers
"Now hiring." That phrase is more than just a shingle many Northeast Wisconsin businesses have put out. It's a rallying cry among the area's major manufacturers. "There's definitely not enough people in Wisconsin to fill the jobs. We need to find other populations of talent," says Ann Franz, director of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. That need for talent is leading companies to look north to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. "We've brainstormed a lot of ideas for how to attract people," says Sara Timm, marketing and communications manager at Waupaca Foundry.