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Pierce Manufacturing: Hundreds of jobs to be added due to expansions in Appleton, Neenah

Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 2:46 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 10:15 PM CDT
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APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - More than 200 new jobs are expected to be created due to the expansion of Pierce Manufacturing Inc. in Appleton and Neenah.

The company announced the expansion early Tuesday afternoon, adding they have begun recruitment efforts for the jobs.

According to company officials, the need to increase space to produce fire trucks comes due to product demand. Officials say a 90,000 square foot expansion will be done at the main facility located in Appleton. In addition, another 60,000 square feet of production space will be added to the Neenah facility.

“We have just a continued demand for our product worldwide. It’s causing us to have to expand our production capacity so it’s really just our backlog and business growth,” said Stephen Kohler, Director of Human Resources.

The company will have openings for welders, painters, electricians, assemblers, and others. According to a release sent out Tuesday announcing the expansion, new team members will be in an initial training program before transitioning to the hired role. In addition, the company says each team member may access $10,000 per year for continuing education for an associate, bachelors or master’s degree.

Work on the foundation for the expansion is already underway, according to Mike Kephard, the vice resident of operations for Pierce Manufacturing. Kephard adds the new production and testing facility areas are expected to be operational by fall of 2022.

Right now the company has 2600 workers, and the 200 additional jobs will be on of some already existing vacancies.

“In this market hiring is a challenge, but we’ve got a really cool product. Here’s the difference, we’re doing work that matters, right. That’s kind of our tagline in our workforce. The work we’re doing, we’re building custom fire apparatus for firefighters who run into buildings,” added Kohler.

Pierce Manufacturing, which is a subsidiary of Oshkosh Corporation, is the leading manufacturer of custom fire apparatus in North America, and creates products such as rescue and wildland trucks, elliptical tankers, mini pumpers, and others.

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