When Governor Evers (D, WI) announced that $130 million of federal American Rescue Plan Act dollars will be allocated to assist unemployed and underemployed workers find opportunities and return to the workforce, Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] representatives attended a meeting to learn more about these funding opportunities. Held at the CoLab facility in Eau Claire, CCEDC Board Member Ed Holand and CCEDC President Charlie Walker met with Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation [WEDC] and Amy Pechacek, Department of Workforce Development [DWD] Secretary, where they updated the current economic development conditions and the challenges local businesses face in getting workers back into the workforce. “The federal supplement to the unemployment insurance is definitely having a negative impact on area manufacturers in trying to convince workers to [...]
In today’s economic environment, uncertainty is all around us—businesses not fully opened because they cannot find workers, job seekers worried about daycare, transportation, and pandemic safety concerns, as well as the conclusion of pandemic unemployment benefits—and in July, the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] and Workforce Resource implemented the second of three job fairs to mitigate some of that uncertainty. With the added stress of unemployment benefits ending soon and the pressure of returning to work at the same time as children preparing to go back to school, these job fairs were organized to help those Chippewa Valley citizens by streamlining the job search process, facilitating direct introduction to employers, and making the job search easy and enjoyable to do on a beautiful day at the park. The city of Chippewa Falls, [...]
When the topic of a job fair is brought up in conversation, some may perk up and say “I’ve been looking for a job for weeks, this’ll be the perfect opportunity for me to find something!” However, the majority of a group might shrug it off and say “I already have a job, I don’t need to go look for another one right now.” While most people are employed and don’t necessarily need to be looking for a job, going to a job fair can be beneficial for long-term career planning, networking, and understanding what industries drive a local economy. A job fair isn’t just for people that are unemployed and looking for a job. Colleges and universities hold career fairs at least twice a year, and most of the people that show [...]
[7-9-21 - CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI] Mason Companies announced plans to build a new 425,000 square-foot fulfillment center on the Lake Wissota Business Park [LWBP] in Chippewa Falls starting late this summer. This new fulfillment center is the result of outstanding cooperation and coordination of efforts by Mason, the City of Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County and the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC]. Mason is collaborating with CBS Squared to design and build the phased project, which is anticipated to be completed by Summer 2023. “We are proud of our 118-year commitment to the Chippewa Valley, and this new facility will allow us to continue this commitment for years to come,” stated Jay Berlin, Mason’s President and CEO. “In keeping with our Mission Statement, Mason Companies is committed to cultivating thriving relationships with our [...]
[CHIPPEWA FALLS, WI - 7/8/21] On Thursday, July 8, 2021, Ashley Furniture held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their newest manufacturing facility in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation worked with Ashley Furniture to help identify and purchase their next manufacturing location. The CCEDC’s mission is to help existing businesses expand and to find new markets while promoting Chippewa County as a place for new investment and economic growth. Ashley Furniture is excited to establish strong roots in its home state of Wisconsin, and also looks forward to having access to Chippewa Falls’ workforce. “It’s always good to come home, and this event is no exception,” states Travis Wagner, Senior Vice President of Global Manufacturing for Ashley Furniture. “We are so grateful for the encouragement from the [...]
Are you proud to be an American? We sure are! Here at the CCEDC, we pride ourselves in working towards the betterment of the Chippewa Valley and the country as a whole. Economic development is an integral part of making the land around us work for the people. Fun fact: two of our staff members are children of veterans! Celebrate the accomplishments of our forefathers, enjoy time with friends and family, have a safe and fun weekend, and be proud to be an American! We will be closing our offices today at 1 pm, and we will be open again at noon on Monday, July 5th.
The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation [CCEDC] is holding their 27th Annual Meeting at the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds on August 27, 2021 from 11:45 am until 1:45 pm. This year’s Annual Meeting is themed “Back in the Saddle” and will be an opportunity for the organization to showcase its work over the past year and present businesses with several awards after a motivational keynote address by a featured guest. “We are excited to return in-person to our annual meeting since the start of the pandemic. This is our chance to brush off the dust, celebrate lifting ourselves up, getting back in the saddle and working together to get our local economy bouncing back. Now that vaccinations have been rolling out for quite a while and everyone is familiar with safety guidelines, business [...]
The Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation works hard to support and promote the Chippewa Valley's dairy industry. We have helped farmers explore exporting opportunities, improved their supply chain, and assisted in mentoring programs. We have even helped farmers obtain loans to implement automation equipment. The economic impact that agriculture has on the Chippewa Valley cannot be overemphasized. June is National Dairy Month, which has been nationally recognized since 1937. The Wisconsin dairy industry generates $45.6 billion each year, making Wisconsin the nation's highest producer and exporter of dairy. The Chippewa County agricultural industry contributes over $650 million to the local economy. This month, let's thank our dairy farmers for keeping the state's economy moving and for producing the products that Wisconsin is world-famous for. Celebrate National Dairy Month at the Breakfast in the [...]
Founded in Bloomer, Wisconsin in 1960, A.J. Manufacturing continues to innovate and manufacture insulated door products. While the company had always produced high-quality insulated doors and windows, a drive for discovering new markets and innovations has positioned the company for further growth and additional production lines such as high-quality HVAC and post-frame products. Recently, the company has broken ground to expand and modernize their North manufacturing facility, located in the Ironhorse Industrial Park in Bloomer, WI. This expansion is aimed at improving product painting efficiency, establishing additional offices, and improving employee amenities. The building is expected to be completed on October 31, 2021, and will include a newly paved parking lot, a new breakroom, and new bathrooms and offices. “AJ Manufacturing understands that their current employees have been the key to their success, [...]
Do you know of an outstanding entrepreneur or business that is deserving of recognition this year? Nominate them for CCEDC's Economic Development Awards, announced at the 2021 Annual Meeting! We will be taking nominations until August 20, 2021. Please contact email@example.com with any questions. Download the nomination form here.