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Selected headlines — 11/25 edition of The Business News

Built for the long haul

Oshkosh Corp.s new headquarters fits needs of multigenerational workforces

by Amanda Lauer
alauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

As of Nov. 17, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce is Millennials, and “there’s an estimated 10,000 Baby Boomers retiring every day,” said Oshkosh Corporation president and CEO Wilson Jones, quoting recent studies on this topic. Oshkosh Corporation has been going strong for 102 years and they have a strategic plan to continue growing well into the future by offering an environment that not only fits the needs of their existing team members but attracts and retains Millennials and the GenZ’s who are just entering the workforce. This $8 billion Fortune 500 company has 150 facilities in 23 countries and has a workforce of 15,000 employees. They have 10 brands under their umbrella. JLG (mobile elevating work platforms or lifts) accounts for 50 percent of their business, Oshkosh Defense accounts for 25 percent, and the rest is split between Pierce custom fire apparatus, McNeilus and London refuse collection vehicles and concrete mixers, Jerr-Dan towing and recovery vehicles, Oshkosh Airport Products, Frontline Communications, IMT field services vehicles and truck-mounted cranes, and CON-E-CO concrete batch plants.

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“It isn’t all doom and gloom’

Rock says embracing the changing workforce is critical for businesses

by Nancy Barthel
nbarthel@thebusinessnewsonline.com

With the national unemployment rate for September 2019 at 3.5 percent and Wisconsin’s unemployment rate at 3.2 percent, employers are facing a variety of challenges in finding the right people to fill the right positions. With more than 40 years in the staffing solutions business, Kramer Rock, owner and president of Green Bay’s Temployment, 336 S. Jefferson St., almost always has the topic of employment on his mind. “To say there’s a shortage of workers is being ‘Mr. Obvious.’ ... We have more work than workers,” he said, “but it isn’t all doom and gloom.” What employers need to do is adapt, Rock said. Though Temployment’s forte is providing staffing solutions to light industry, his perspective can apply to most any business sector. “Everybody’s got the ‘help wanted’ sign up,” Rock said. “There’s a paper-converting company with a blow-up (in front of it announcing) ‘We’re hiring. Interview today.’ It’s pretty crazy.”

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People who make a difference

Zettel wants to see others prosper

by Nancy Barthel
nbarthel@thebusinessnewsonline.com

Lynn Zettel has been a business owner, worked in various sales positions and enjoyed a number of years working in the nonprofit world at the Curative Rehabilitation Center in Green Bay. Today, she works part-time doing public relations for RelyCo Inc., a De Pere excavating contractor that provides services to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and also does large- scale site development. If you’ve been a member of the Greater Green Bay Chamber anytime during the past three decades, you may very well have met and come to know the energetic Zettel. (“I gotta be doing,” she says.) This fall she was among those nominated for the Chamber’s Ambassador of the Year Award. The 35 current Ambassadors are easily recognizable in their green jackets and, Zettel said, “We do all of the grand openings for businesses in the area.”

 
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Growth Strategies

Neenah business has built a legacy of trust

by Amanda Lauer
alauer@thebusinessnewsonline.com

In the early 2000s, bank consolidations and financial mergers were on the rise, including the movement of wealth management services to larger, urban markets. That presented the ideal opportunity for the creation of a local wealth-management business in the Fox Valley. Legacy Private Trust Co., a state-chartered, single-purpose bank in Neenah was created by Michael Mahlik together with August Pabst and Dick Bergstrom. “This company was started with the purpose to assist with wealth planning and wealth management for high net worth individuals,” explained Mahlik, who is the company president. Joe McGrane came on board as the executive vice president when the company was still in its formation stages. He and Mahlik had worked at banks with two of the largest trust departments outside of Milwaukee. “We had been friendly competitors for years,” Mahlik said..-

 
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