Whitewater manufacturer ramps up hiring in response to hurricanes

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Frank Schultz
Friday, September 8, 2017

WHITEWATER -- Generac is offering free lunch to attract applicants to a jobs fair Wednesday.

The hiring is in response to demand for its products that Generac expects in the wake of two major hurricanes.

The event is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Generac's Whitewater plant, 757 N. Newcomb St. Applicants who attend between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. get lunch, according to Generac's announcement, issued Friday evening.

“Generac is hiring for dozens of permanent and temporary positions in Whitewater and Jefferson, primarily in assembly and material handling,” according to a news release.

Generac makes automatic home standby generators in Whitewater. The Jefferson plant makes portable generators, pressure washers and other outdoor power equipment.

“Generac is ramping up production to meet increased customer demand following Hurricane Harvey as well as anticipated demand from Hurricane Irma,” the release states.

Officials recently told The Gazette the portable generators are in demand during the emergencies, but the home standby generators are in demand after the crisis, when homeowners decide that next time they want their own power supply.

Positions are available for all shifts, and all full-time positions come with a complete benefits package, Generac said. Flexible hours are available for college students willing to work part-time afternoons and evenings.

At the event, Generac hiring managers will interview applicants, who will be able to take a drug test and tour the Whitewater plant.

“They could leave the event with a job,” the release states.

Last updated: 6:13 pm Friday, September 8, 2017

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