Updated: Nov 20, 2020
STURGEON BAY, Wis.- If you're looking for a job in manufacturing, engineering or ship building, Sturgeon Bay might be the place to go. There are literally hundreds of jobs in the area and business leaders say their biggest struggle is finding enough skilled workers to fill those positions.
"We have a wide range of engineering positions mostly mechanical and chemical engineering," explained President of Therma-Tron-X, Incorporated, Brad Andreae.
At least 30 new employees will be hired at TTX, but others like Bay Shipbuilding Company are looking to add between 100 and 200 positions and at Cadence another 50 jobs need to be filled.
"It's a good problem to have," said Sturgeon Bay community development director, Marty Olejniczak.
City leaders are excited about the recent growth because although much of Door County relies on tourism, it's these stable jobs that keep the economy going.
"A lot of people don't realize that Door County is a manufacturing hub, particularly in Sturgeon Bay," said Olejniczak.
Company leaders say most of the jobs they're looking to fill aren't temporary or season either.
"Our typical employee has been here more than 15 years and we don't plan on every losing an employee here," said Andreae.
City leaders say many of the jobs are hiring right now and wages can be as high as $20 per hour.