By Tim Kowols
With millennials sticking around almost a third less of the time at a single employer than their parents or grandparents, Sturgeon Bay residents need to look no further than the shipyard for a little inspiration. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median tenure of a 25-34 year old at a single job is 3.2 years, a far cry from the 10.2 years a person 65 years or older might do. Brian Croy of Algoma has been at Bay Shipbuilding for over 30 years, now serving the role of a journeyman painter. He knows the job is not for everyone but says it can be worth your while if you stick with it.
Lee Ahlswede of Little Sturgeon has been an electrician at Bay Shipbuilding for almost 44 years. He almost left the yard forever after his first day but continues his motto of “why can’t we be better” nearly 16,000 shifts later.
Over 60 employees celebrated their 20th or more year working at Bay Shipbuilding on Saturday, which marked its 50th anniversary of operation this summer.