Menke works on packaging Friday at the Quad/Graphics plant
in Hartford. Quad/Graphics in Hartford employs nearly 1,100
people, according to plant manager Jenny Wnuk.
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WEST BEND -
Name the largest private employer in Washington County.
If you’re still stuck on the West Bend Co., which in its heyday
decades of the 1960s and ’70s employed more than 2,000, forget
about it. (By the way, West Bend Co. closed in 2002.) Today’s
largest nonretail private employer in the county is the
commercial printer Quad/Graphics Inc. in Hartford.
“We have about 1,100 workers in our Hartford plant, which is our
only facility in Washington County,” Quad/Graphics’ Manager of
Corporate Communications Claire Ho said. Quad/Graphics employs
more than 25,000 worldwide. Hartford easily can make a claim to
be the employment hub of the county with eight of the 20 largest
employers. Granted, several of those employers, including
Quad/Graphics, reside in Hartford’s Dodge Industrial Park, which
is in Dodge County, but let’s not nitpick.
There is no one industry that dominates employment.
“We do feel there are a good number of industries located in
Washington County,” EDWC Business Solutions Specialist Deborah
Reinbold said. “Such diversity is good for the stability of our
press operator Steven Trochinski does a quality inspection
on magazines being printed Friday at the Quad/Graphics plant
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EDWC has identified three
driver industries, which has a lion’s share of the county’s
workforce, and two emerging industries, which show considerable
local growth potential, Reinbold said.
The driver industries are advanced manufacturing, food and
beverage/ agribusiness and print/publishing, all represented by
top 20 employers. The emerging industries, Reinbold said, are
biomedical and renewable energy/ power systems, also with
companies in the top 20.
“These (driver and
emerging industries) really give a good overview of what
we’re working on in the county,” Reinbold said.
“It’s a very strong manufacturing
community,” Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington Workforce
Development Center Inc. Marketing Manager Meghan Sprager
said about Washington County’s employers.
Among those manufacturers are Signicast
Corp. and Broan-NuTone LLC, both in Hartford and Nos. 2 and
3 on the county list of largest employers.
Also on the list is the holding company
Wendorff Brothers Co. Inc., which owns Steel Craft Corp.,
Hartford Finishing, Sno-Way International Inc. and Capitol
Stamping Corp., the first three located in Hartford and
employing a total of 505, President Gary Wendorff said.
Based in Milwaukee, Capitol Stamping adds another 110
“We also work with a lot of health care
employers,” Sprager said.
Among the largest health care employers
in the county are Cedar Community, fourth on the list, and
St. Joseph’s Hospital at sixth.
Washington County has a workforce of
52,730, according to December 2013 statistics, the latest
available, released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The average weekly wage in the county is $768.
Worknet.com, the county’s unemployment rate was 5.1
percent for May, less than the state’s average of 5.5
percent and less than the U.S. average of 6.1 percent.
|The Big 20
Here are the estimated 20 largest private employers
(nonretail) in Washington County communities:
1. Quad/Graphics Inc., Hartford, commercial
2. Signicast Corp., Hartford, investment casting,
3. Broan-NuTone LLC, Hartford, housing products, 846
4. Cedar Community, town of West Bend, about 768
5. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., West Bend,
property insurance, 750
6. St. Joseph’s Hospital, town of Polk, medical
7. Serigraph Inc., West Bend, custom graphics, 600
8. Wendorff Brothers Co. Inc., Hartford, a holding
company for Steel Craft, Corp., Hartford Finishing,
Sno-Way International Inc., 505
9. Ellsworth Adhesives, Germantown, distributor of
adhesives, sealants, encapsulants, coatings,
specialty chemicals and dispensing equipment,
10. MGS Manufacturing Group Inc., Germantown,
plastics production services, 50-plus
11. Weasler Engineering Inc., town of Barton,
mechanical power transmission products for
agricultural and lawn/turf machinery, 400
12. JW Speaker Corp., Germantown, lighting products
for original equipment manufacturers, 350
13. Helgesen Industries Inc., Hartford, hydraulic
tank manufacturer, 350
14. Airgas Safety Inc., Germantown, industrial and
safety products, 275
15. Regal Ware Worldwide, Kewaskum and West Bend,
stainless steel & cast aluminum cookware, 260
16. API Healthcare, Hartford, health care staffing
management services, 250-plus
17. Aurora Medical Center in Washington County,
18. Gehl Foods, Germantown, dairy food products, 250
19. Cambridge Major Laboratories Inc., Germantown,
20. Menasha Corp., Hartford, packaging, 240
Sources: Economic Development
Washington County and individual company
representatives or websites.