BUSINESS

Grove begins hiring

PAT FRIDGEN

Grove Worldwide is in the process of hiring 120 employees at the Shady Grove plant, due to an upswing in the market for its mobile cranes.

Dennis Rooney, vice president of human relations at the corporate office in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, said the need for the employees could be short- or long-term, but “we’re pleasantly surprised by this turnaround.”

While the company initially planned to have everyone onboard by the end of April, that has been pushed back to the end of June. The hiring will employ mainly production workers, including welders and assemblers, but will also mean jobs for professionals, such as engineers, IT and support staff.

Employees terminated in 2009 must go through the hiring process along with new recruits, Rooney said. Manitowoc’s policy is to handle employment in that manner, and he said they really hadn’t expected to be able to hire again so soon.

“We have had a bit of a spike in orders and the work needs to be done in the second and third quarters.”

The openings were advertised through employment services at the state and federal levels.

“We’re happy to be able to do this, to extend some opportunities to the community,” he added. “And we appreciate the dedication of our employees.”

The Shady Grove plant reduced its workforce by 765 employees last year. It is the third largest employer in Franklin County, which has an unemployment rate hovering just over 9 percent, according to the Department of Labor and Industry.