Fisher Engineering plans to grow workforce
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."
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