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Jasper Engines Expansion Plans Exposes Need for Workers

A common theme keeps recurring in Dubois County with the Jasper Engines and Transmission expansion plans announced Wednesday.

The lack of workers to fill those 235 positions looms large for this area.

It’s a problem that has to be tackled at not only the local level, but the state level, too.

Doug Bawel, Chairman and CEO of Jasper Engines said yesterday how many workers they need:

The Masterbrand Cabinet expansion announced earlier this year in Ferdinand has Town and county officials scrambling to help meet the need for workers there, too.

Ferdinand Town Manager Chris James told WITZ News yesterday that they are in the process of working up a plan to help developers create affordable housing in the Ferdinand area.

Dubois Strong, the economic development agency in the county is also beginning to assist in the process as well.

We spoke with Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann about the problem, which is statewide, too.  But, she says the state is not in jeopardy of losing companies or realizing more business expansion because of it:

The good news is that jobs appear to be plentiful in Dubois County for those who need them – even with the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in the state.

To see the jobs available at Jasper Engines, go to www.myjaspercareer.com.

Or, you can visit the Dubois County Free Press website  and click on jobs.

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