A local business is expanding its workforce and its facility.
Thanks to a new contract, United Alloy in Janesville will nearly double its plant size and create about 120 new jobs. Another spark in the Janesville economy is the fact that United Alloy is expanding and hiring.
"We're looking for skilled people, people with welding skills, powder coating skills, sheet metal fabrication backgrounds," says United Alloy president Alan Vogel.
The company makes fabricated metal parts. They just landed a new contract with Cummings Power Generation, fueling the need for new workers and doubling the space.
Alloy will make fuel tanks for Cummings. United Alloy makes about 40 fuel tanks a week. The tanks hold up to 350 gallons, but the ones they'll eventually be making will hold up to 8,000 gallons.
"So they'll require more space, more lifting capacity, more painting capacity," says Vogel.
"This is exactly what we're trying to get done in Wisconsin, getting our manufacturing base to grow and improve," says Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle.
The state provided $250,000 in tax credits to help with the expansion. It’s part of Gov. Doyle's Grow Wisconsin initiative. In the past year, 58,000 jobs have been created in the state, 16,000 in the manufacturing sectors.
"Everything, I think, flows from having good jobs in the state. There's never been a social program that's better than a good paying job," says Doyle.
United Alloy will hire about 40 employees to start and about 80 more in the next few years. The company is hiring through QPS temporary services out of Janesville. If you're interested in applying for one of these jobs you can call QPS at 608-368-2000.
A representative from QPS is at United Alloy in Janesville Monday, Wednesday or Friday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., so you can also stop by to apply during that time.