By Tim Kowols
Businesses across the country like NEW Industries in Sturgeon Bay are working hard to hold onto their older workers and even trying to attract new retirees. In both the public and private sectors, organizations are facing the challenges of retirements and a worsening labor shortage to meet their demand. While some retirees are looking to have more money above their fixed income, others like CNC machinist Karl Erickson just wanted to get back to work. The former Geneva, Ill. locomotive maker retired to Door County just over a year ago and now works afternoons at NEW Industries three days a week. Erickson says with plenty of time to do other things, it has been a nice change.
Erickson says people his age should not be afraid of coming to a place like NEW Industries to work because of the training that is provided to get you up to speed. According to the USA Today, the percentage of workers 65 and older either employed or looking for a job is up over seven percent from 18 years ago to 19.6 percent.