Dept. of Workforce Development addresses Brillion Iron Works closure

Brillion Iron Works exterior mural

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Raymond Allen visited Green Bay on Wednesday to address the closure of Brillion Iron Works.

Earlier this week, the owner of the business announced closure of molding and melt operations later this year, affecting 342 employees.

Allen talked about efforts to attract and train skilled workers in our area. He says he is optimistic.

“For the most part because of the skill set, we will have a very good opportunity and high placements of those individuals,” he said.

The DWD is sending its Fox Valley workforce rapid response teams to meet with those workers.

“They’ll have various kinds of services around resume writing, cover letters, interviewing skills, and also provide training to go back to school,” said Jim Golembeski, executive director of the Bay Area Workforce Development.

Golembeski said the workforce is aware that employees at Brillion have most likely worked there for many years.

“To work with these so that as they prepare to get back into the workforce, they re-enter it comparable to pay and benefit level,” he said.

That may involve some training. Allen believes the state’s job center will provide opportunities.

“91,000 jobs are available in our job search site that are available for individuals so there’s jobs,” Allen said.

To get the Job Center of Wisconsin, go to or visit a job center in your area.

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