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Economic development leaders grapple with job losses


WAUSAU (WAOW)--With one thousand job losses in Marathon County this week, economic development leaders say it's been a daunting week. The fear the financial impact of those losses will reach into the tens of millions of dollars and threaten hundreds of other jobs in the region.

 SNE announced more than 550 workers at the Mosinee plant  will lose their jobs in February. Wausau Papers announced the Brokaw mill will close at the end of March, with lay-offs scheduled to begin in February. There are 450 workers in Brokaw.

  Marathon County Economic Development Corporation (MCDEVCO) Director, Dave Eckmann, says his organization is working closely with community leaders and educators to help workers transition into new jobs. We caught up with him at NTC in Wausau, where he met with manufacturing business leaders.

 Eckmann says once the workers get )over the shock of their job loss, many may consider education or retraining. He adds that metal fabricating is an area that is seeing job growth. Over the next 9 years, he anticipates more than a thousand jobs will be added by fabricating businesses and that the average salary is about $52,000 a year.

  The Department of Workforce Development is expected to help workers looking to retrain or go back to school.



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