A worker at the
Whitewater Generac Power Systems distribution center
prepares shipments of generators bound for Florida and
the Southeast in the company’s response to Hurricane
Irma on Saturday.
TOWN OF GENESEE -
As parts of the United States bear the brunt of two
major storms, Generac Power Systems is quickly hiring
people to build generators and pumps for those affected.
The damage caused
by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma has resulted in
increased demand for generators.
According to the
Town of Genesee-based company, it has already increased
production to ensure there are generators available for
customers facing extended power outages.
pre-staged inventory at distribution centers throughout
the Southeast that has been shipping all week," said
Aaron Jagdfeld, president and CEO of Generac, in a
statement Monday. "We are now sending additional units
to be sure that everyone who needs a portable generator
has access to one. We are doing everything we can to
assure residents have safe, portable backup power right
now. And the thoughts of all of us here at Generac are
with the millions of Floridians in the path of this
A hiring event
will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Generac's Whitewater plant, 757 N. Newcomb St. The
company anticipates hiring dozens for permanent and
temporary positions in its Whitewater and Jefferson
facilities, primarily in assembly and material handling.
available for all shifts, and all full-time positions
come with a complete benefits package. For college
students willing to work part-time afternoons and
evenings, flexible working hours are also available.
In addition to
making generators for people in Florida and Texas to
use, Generac has sent people to physically help with
"We have also
deployed disaster response teams to assist with service,
parts and supplies. Those teams can service and repair
nearly any brand of generator, and are made up of
employee volunteers," said Jagdfeld.
Those sent to
storm-affected areas can work on all generator brands.
"For both Harvey
and Irma we deployed storm response teams. These are
teams of factory-trained technicians whose job it is to
support our dealer and retail partners in the affected
areas with the repair and service of generators of all
kinds - not just Generac," said Art Aiello, senior
marketing communications/PR manager for Generac. "Our
teams were in east Texas for about a week, and they left
yesterday morning (Sunday) for Florida. They have a
trailer and several vans full of parts, and we will
direct them across the affected areas in response to
dealer and retailer requests. They will stay down there
for as long as they are needed."
Aiello said it's
not known how long an increased demand for generators
"Big storms like
this tend to create a 'new normal' in terms of demand.
By that, I mean that they result in a spike in demand
that tends to stay at a higher level than it was
before," he said.
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