Local Company Looks to Improve Workforce

Last week, I had the opportunity to visit and tour, Grunau Company, a local shop that not only employs people across the region in a variety of skilled trades but they also work with local schools to introduce students and young adults to careers for some of the most in-demand jobs on the market right now.

Grunau Company, headquartered in Oak Creek, provides mechanical contracting services with a number of different trades all under one roof, including HVAC, plumbing, process piping, electrical, refrigeration, fire protection, structural and specialty metals, and underground utilities.

The company works with local high schools and tech colleges to offer apprenticeships for those looking to get into the trades. The apprenticeships allow young graduates the chance to earn a wage while learning skills for a variety of trades.

Wisconsin is currently facing a skills gap and experts believe our current worker shortage will only grow as more boomers enter retirement. By offering apprenticeships Grunau hopes to improve the local workforce while also providing family-supporting jobs.

The company is currently working on energy efficiency upgrades to Edgewood Elementary school approved last year through referendum.

It’s great to have a company like Grunau in our community dedicated to providing great jobs and improving our local schools.


District Discussions

This week, my staff and I spent a day meeting with constituents from South Milwaukee to discuss issues that are important to our district. I had the opportunity to meet the gentleman below from South Milwaukee.

As summer comes to a close, if we did not have an opportunity to chat or if you have any suggestions to improve state government, please feel free to contact my office.

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State Assembly to Honor First Responders

Last week, the Speaker announced a new recognition program, First Responder of the Year, for public servants in police, fire and EMS departments. Awards will be given to a first responder from each Assembly district in Wisconsin. Each state representative will select a district winner who will be honored during an Assembly floor session in October as part of First Responders Appreciation Month.

The nominee can be a police officer, sheriff’s deputy, firefighter, or any level of EMS. Volunteer public servants are also eligible for the award.

To nominate a first responder from our district, you can fill out the form online at: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/21/rodriguez/first-responder-of-the-year-award-nomination-form/. The deadline is September 6. 

I want to thank all our public servants for the dedication and safety they provide to our community each and every day!


Blue Books Arrive Soon

Next month, the newest edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book will be unveiled. First published in 1853, the Wisconsin Blue Book is a comprehensive publication with information about the State of Wisconsin.

The blue book provides information to the public about state officers, governmental information in addition to statistics and articles about our state’s history and current affairs.

The blue book is free to any Wisconsin resident who wishes to obtain one. Contact my office if you are interested and one will be provided to you when they are released in September!


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