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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
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Secretary Newson Welcomes Job Seekers, Employers to Central Wisconsin Career Expo; Over 80 Employers with 950 Jobs Available

Manufacturing, healthcare, retail jobs available; over 400 job seekers pre-registered

STEVENS POINT –Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today welcomed hundreds of job seekers and over 80 employers to the Central Wisconsin Career Expo.

In all, 82 employers reserved for at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center for the region's first DWD-sponsored career expo, and they had more than 950 jobs available. As of Monday, more than 400 job seekers had pre-registered for the event, ensuring immediate access. An additional 30 job seekers registered today to gain admission.

"The participating employers offer a wide variety of employment opportunities, from jobs requiring advanced skills to entry level positions with a pathway to better jobs," Secretary Newson said. "Manufacturers are looking for machinists, CNC operators, and welders. Employers in the healthcare sector need nurses and other skilled positions. Today's activity further illustrates Wisconsin's economy is growing and employers have many jobs to fill."

Manufacturers looking to hire included Northwest Tool & Manufacturing in Wausau, Oldenburg Group in Rhinelander, and Schuette, Inc., in Rothschild. Golden Living in Marshfield had nursing and other healthcare positions available. Schneider in Green Bay, Abbyland Trucking in Curtiss, and Mortenson Brothers in Plainfield were seeking drivers. Best Buy had retail positions available.

A list of all registered employers and details about the expo can be found at www.WisconsinCareerExpo.com.

As with other career expos, the Central Wisconsin Career Expo model includes a quick and easy registration process for job seekers. Individuals meet with Job Service staff who review their resumes and help them take additional steps to prepare, including practicing for job interviews.

On October 9, the 2014 Bay Area Career Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shopko Hall in Green Bay, making it the fourth DWD-sponsored career expo this year. Career expos were held earlier this year in Oshkosh and Milwaukee.

DWD first began offering the special recruiting events with the Milwaukee Manufacturing Career Expo at State Fair Park in May 2012.