Fisher Engineering plans to grow workforce

By Daniel Dunkle | Jun 05, 2014
Photo by: Daniel Dunkle Phil Bellows programs a machine that uses a laser to cut steel at Fisher Engineering in Rockland.

Rockland — One of the city's largest employers is looking to hire as many as 25 workers for its manufacturing plant in the industrial park.

Fisher Engineering Business Unit Manager Greg Tedford said the challenge for the company right now is finding enough employees with the right mix of skills to manufacture snowplows and sand/salt spreaders. The company already employs 290 people, with some commuting from as far as Old Town and Skowhegan.

He said the goal is to increase production to meet demand.

Primarily, the company needs welders and machine operators, preferably with some experience or education in the field, but the company can provide training. He said not all new employees need to have technical school or technical college training.

Starting wages at the plant are between $14 and $16 per hour plus benefits for skilled welders.

Tedford said there are some misconceptions in the community about the employer. Fisher is not a seasonal company, despite the seasonal use of its products. The company continues to manufacture and ship plows year-round.

In addition, he said the company is not only interested in hiring men. He said it has 30 female employees, including women working on the production line on the factory floor, and it welcomes more.

He added the company has not had a layoff since 2006, so it is one of the most stable employers in the area.

Dean Fisher started the company in 1948 and operated it until 1984, when it was sold to Douglas Seaman of Milwaukee, Wis. The combining of the Fisher and Western brand snow plows created the new company, Douglas Dynamics. The company went public in 2010 and is now traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol, "PLOW."

Courier Publications News Director Daniel Dunkle can be reached at ddunkle@courierpublicationsllc.com or 594-4401 ext. 122.

The trademark yellow Fisher coating is applied to parts at the plant in the Rockland Industrial Park. A man in a suit works in the enclosed space spraying parts that would be missed by the automatic sprayers. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
The flash of a welding torch is a common sight in the Fisher Engineering snowplow plant in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Erin Ventimiglia of Waldoboro works as an assembler and packer on the factory floor at Fisher Engineering in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Several brands of snowplows are produced at the Fisher plant in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Hydraulic kits to go with plow blades wait to be shipped at the Fisher Engineering plant in Rockland. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Dennis Fuller works on a Mitsubishi laser cutting machine at Fisher Engineering. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Some painting jobs at the plant require full-body suits. (Photo by: Daniel Dunkle)
Comments (1)
Posted by: paula sutton | Jun 06, 2014 07:24

A local success story, thanks for such a positive update.  We should encourage more entrepreneurs and small businesses to the area  in order to diversify and broaden the tax base here in Knox County.



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Daniel Dunkle is editor of The Courier-Gazette and news director for Courier Publications. He lives in Rockland with his wife, Christine, who also works for Courier Publications, and two children.

Dunkle has previously served as editor of The Republican Journal in Belfast. He has worked as a reporter and photographer in the Midcoast for 15 years.

 

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