Community comes together to hold job fair for those affected by Brillion Iron Works closure

Brillion Iron Works exterior mural

BRILLION, Wis. (WBAY) – Fifty-eight companies will be present at a job fair Friday for 300 workers that will be out a job in November at Brillion Iron Works. The Fox Valley Workforce Development Board and the Fox Cities Regional Partnership organized the fair.

“You know I think it really should tell employees that they’re wanted, right? And losing a job is a difficult, emotional thing,” said Fox Valley Workforce Development Board’s Bobbi Miller.

The non-profit Workforce Development Board says some of those laid off at Iron Works have been working for years, some even decades. They’ve been at the factory for the past three weeks preparing those workers to find a job.

“Prepare resumes, learn more about what job search is all about these days,” said Miller.

A company that will be at the job fair Friday is Ariens.

The lawn and snow equipment company based in Brillion says it has more than 140 openings. Ariens hopes to fill some of them with people in its community.

“Brillion is very important to Ariens and we want to make sure we do the best to help people from Iron Works that have been displaced to find positions to stay here,” Ariens’ Andy Preissner. “I mean their part of the community.”

Ariens laid out what it hopes to find Friday.

“Good attitude, strong work ethic, enjoy work, and are good team player those are the main things we look for,” said Preissner.

The job fair is Friday from 10:00 to 2:00 at Brillion High School for Brillion Iron Works employees only. Ariens will also be holding a job fair for the general public Saturday.