Storms generate more business for Generac
Hiring event Wednesday in Whitewater

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Sept. 12, 2017

 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.
Submitted photo

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.

"We have 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 dangerous storm."

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.

Positions are 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 recovery.

"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 will last.

"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.

More information can be found online at www.generac.com.

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