State honors Michels Corp., contractor for wind project construction

Posted on July 27, 2011. Filed under: Economic development, Jobs, Wind | Tags: , , |

While shutting down Wisconsin’s wind industry, the State of Wisconsin honored Michels Corp. for adding new jobs, such as the jobs created by Michels’ work on wind generation facilities. From an article in the Fond du Lac Reporter:

BROWNSVILLE — Michels Corp. in Brownsville was lauded for its job growth Tuesday morning.

Scott Baumbach, secretary of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, visited the family-owned and operated construction company, according to a press release. He praised Michels for its longstanding apprenticeship training and success.

Michels Corp. has trained more than 150 apprentices since 1996, providing opportunities for construction electricians, operating engineers, cement masons, construction craft laborers and ironworkers.

“Over the past five decades, Michels has grown from a gas pipeline construction company to a major corporation employing over 4,000 workers nationwide,” Baumbach said in a statement. “Michels has created jobs, including many apprenticeship opportunities, and we want to help Michels and other employers expand and create more jobs.”

Michels Vice President Tim Michels told The Reporter that the company added about 1,000 jobs over the past year. A lot of small projects have added up, he said. . . .

Michels is also one of three state contractors hired by We Energies to build the Glacier Hills Wind Park in Columbia County. Glacier Hills will have 90 wind turbines, making it Wisconsin’s largest wind farm.

Michels said Baumbach’s visit was part of Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to recognize employers who’ve created jobs.


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