Over 300 people had a chance to see inside Printpack’s new facility in Rhinelander. The packaging company held public tours and a grand opening event Monday.
Printpack prints cellophane wrappers for things like candy and granola bars. And its new 200-thousand square foot location in Rhinelander will be churning out more than twice as many wrappers as before.
Plant manager Pat Marquart says the biggest challenge in relocating has been training employees on high-tech equipment that’s brand new to them.
A job training program is looking to help women and minorities join the construction trade.
The Transportation Alliance for New Solutions- or TRANS program - starts later this month. Coordinator Kim Kircher says the 120-hour course will cover everything from math skills to hands-on use of tools.
“We try to prepare them for a trade in the construction field. They have speakers come in – we have contractors come in, they have mock interviews, they do a resume.”
One side stands by the story, the other says it wasn't accurate. Did Governor Walker say the state won't actually create 250,000 jobs? Ken Krall has the details.
Earlier this week, WJFW TV in Rhinelander talked to Governor Scott Walker in Merrill.
The WJFW story said Walker had backed off the promise, telling the station he said they state was more than 133,000 down because of the recession and 250,000 wasn't a "magic number" but rather about jobs affecting people.