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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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DWD Secretary Commends Fond du Lac Job Center Staff

Local Job Center helped Mercury Marine quickly find candidates for 80-100 open positions

FOND DU LAC – Earlier this week, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Raymond Allen commended the Fond du Lac Area Job and Career Center staff for exemplary work in helping Mercury Marine, a major Wisconsin employer headquartered in Fond du Lac, quickly find qualified candidates for up to 100 open positions.

“By working closely with Wisconsin employers to meet their workforce needs, our economy will expand and more Wisconsinites will find jobs," Secretary Allen said. “As demonstrated by the partnership between the Fond du Lac Job Center and Mercury Marine, Wisconsin stands ready to help any employer find the qualified and highly skilled workers they need to grow and expand."

Mercury Marine is the world's largest builder of marine propulsion systems. Due to the continued success of the company, Mercury Marine needed to fill up to 100 job openings with skilled workers almost immediately. To do this, Mercury Marine reached out to partners at the Fond du Lac Job & Career Center to pre-screen talent and aggressively promote the job openings to potential applicants.

Staff and partnering agencies went to work quickly to establish a system that led to conducting 124 pre-screens within five days. Thanks in large part to the quick action and hard work of the Center and partners, Mercury Marine is well on its way to achieving its recruitment goal.

Meeting with representatives of Mercury Marine at the Job Center, Secretary Allen commended staff for their excellent demonstration of a workforce development system working collaboratively to address a company's immediate needs.

"We want to thank Secretary Allen for this recognition and the FDL job center for their hard work in helping us fill our open positions," said Kurt Langel, Mercury Marine Senior Human Resources. "As our product line grows and demand for our product increases globally, we find ourselves with the good fortune of being able to hire more skilled workers to keep up with demand. We will continue to grow here in Fond du Lac and look forward to a bright future ahead at Mercury Marine."

As the state's talent development agency, DWD connects employers with a robust pool of skilled workers; assists job seekers with disabilities in achieving their employment outcomes; and oversees the state's Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights and Worker's Compensation programs.