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Houghton 800-562-7684
Iron Mountain 800-872-9013
Ishpeming 877-834-3827
Marinette 866-682-8418
Sault Ste. Marie 800-867-0511
Local Quilter Semifinalist In International Quilt Show
Pam Kauppila from Negaunee is a semifinalist
for the 2019 AQS QuiltWeek® - Grand Rapids,
Michigan August 21 - 24, 2019, at the DeVos
Place Convention Center. Pam has been chosen
to display the quilt, Suvi’s Garden, along with
365 others in this AQS contest. First, Second, and
Third Place prizes in seven categories will be
awarded, along with seven overall awards includ-
ing Best of Show. Winners will be announced at
the show and posted on the AQS website, Regardless of how Suvi’s Gar-
den places in the final judging, all semifinalists’ quilts will be displayed at the show, which is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.
Waupaca Foundry Expands Operations
Experienced and professional drivers are in high demand for those in the transportation industry. You need someone who can handle the responsibilities that come with the job and someone you trust to get your cargo where it needs to be. Recruiting and retaining credible workers is pertinent to the success of your busi- ness. In order to recruit the kind of workers you’re look- ing for, you must determine a set of standards that you will abide by and expect your employees to respect as well.
Retention starts at the hiring process. In order to retain proficient employees, you must know what to look for during an interview. Each company’s needs are different, so it’s important to have a vision of what a successful business looks like.
“While it can be easy to hire just anyone, it’s impor- tant to employ trustworthy, skillful individuals,” said Melanie Duquesnel, Better Business Bureau President & CEO.
Better Business Bureau® Serving Eastern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula (BBB) offers these tips for hir- ing and retaining employees.
Thoroughly vet potential new hires. It’s okay to be selective in your hiring. You want to make sure your workers’ skill sets align with those needed to promote the mission of your business. By vetting your employees in the beginning, you can make sure the employees fit in well with the company culture. How are you vetting your employees? Do you do background checks, research their social media, drug test, etc.? Make sure you are thorough in your search.
Make expectations known. Be honest and transpar- ent with your employees and expect them to do the same. Engage your employees in the company’s mis-
sion and culture. Let them know they’re an essential member of the organization.
Make safety a priority. Take extra precautions to ensure all standards and regulations are met before put- ting your drivers behind the wheel. Make sure the maintenance of the vehicle is taken care of, as well as, up to date training for your drivers.
Keep technology up to date. Stay knowledgeable of trends in safety and communication technology. This helps create a more relaxed environment for drivers and keeps lines of communication open if something were to happen on the road. You can also keep your workers motivated with supportive and inclusive messages.
Get to know your workers. It’s important to show your employees that you care. Get to know their likes and dislikes and what drives them. If your staff find family an important part of their lives, respect that. Don’t lose sight of how life on the road can affect home life. Give opportunities for your employees to spend more time with their families, especially if they’re been on the road a long time. Also, when possible, fulfill their reasonable time off requests. Making your employees feel cared for and happy will keep them around longer.
Treating your employees as well as you treat your cus- tomers will create a workplace that future employees gravitate to, and one current employees want to remain at. Well-trained and educated employees will bring you success as their longevity with the company brings value to you and your customers.
BBB is a non-profit organization with the purpose of promoting trust in the marketplace by assisting in the protection of consumers and businesses from fraud and unethical business practices. For more business tips, visit or call 866-788-5706.
Drivers Are In High Demand
Better Business Bureau
NEW FACILITY WILL CREATE 61 NEW JOBS (WAUPACA, WI) December 18, 2018— Waupaca Foundry, a Hitachi Metals company, is expanding operations into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and will open a new facility to process iron castings produced at its Waupaca, Wis. plants. The foundry plans to locate a facility in Ironwood, Michigan with an investment of $4.3 million and create 61 new jobs. Waupaca Foundry employs 4,500 team members at seven locations
throughout the United States.
The expansion addresses increasing customer
demand and adds iron casting processing capabilities, including cleaning and finishing, in a location where there is sufficient labor supply.
“The economy is strong and Waupaca Foundry is growing due to increased customer demand for cast and machined iron castings. Opening a facility to han- dle cleaning and finishing of cast parts will allow us to meet customers’ expectations in quality and delivery of their parts,” said Waupaca Foundry Executive Vice President John Wiesbrock.
The company plans to acquire an existing 50,000- square-foot facility in Ironwood, Mich. As a result of the expansion, Waupaca Foundry has been awarded a $1.2 million Michigan Business Development Pro- gram performance-based grant.
Prior to choosing a new location, Waupaca Foundry leaders conducted exploratory job fairs and identified a
strong pool of motived, talented workers in the Goge- bic County region. In December, the Ojibway Correc- tional Facility closed leaving many area workers jobless.
“Like many employers across the nation Waupaca Foundry is finding ways to overcome low unemploy- ment and a shortage of skilled workers,” said CEO Mike Nikolai. “There simply are not enough workers to fill the open positions we have so we explored expan- sion in regions that had a solid base of talented work- ers.”
“Waupaca Foundry’s decision to establish a facility in Ironwood following the closure of the Ojibway Cor- rectional Facility is great news for Gogebic County and will mean good jobs for many of the talented workers in the region,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. “We applaud the company for choosing to locate here and are thrilled to welcome them to Michigan.”
“Waupaca’s expansion here rather than in another state means good jobs for Michigan residents and underscores the strength of our business environment and talented workforce,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state’s chief marketing and business attraction arm.
Waupaca Foundry has hired and on boarded more than 35 new team members from the Upper Peninsula who are currently working full-time in Waupaca, Wis. while the new facility is preparing for production.

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