Job fair at Ontonagon

HOUGHTON — Approximately 300 upperclassmen from the Gogebic-Ontonagon School District will attend a job fair at the Ontonagon Area Schools gymnasium on Friday.

“Business leaders in the U.P. recognize the need to attract and retain talent in the U.P.,” Lake Shore Systems said in a press release Thursday. “Job fairs are an effective way to showcase local employment opportunities and generate interest in staying in the U.P. upon graduation.”

Village Downtown Development Authority President Dan Sullivan posted the press release on the “You know you’re from Ontonagon if…” Facebook site.

“This will be a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with corporations and governmental agencies who are actively hiring,” Sullivan said. “It has been said for the past 20 years that there are few jobs available in the U.P. This is clearly no longer the case. These people are holding this job fair because they need workers now.”

More businesses are welcome to participate by contacting the school office at (906) 813-0614, or Michigan Works! Business Services Consultant Brian Haanpaa at (906) 932-4059 ext. 1502, or email

“Lake Shore’s continued growth depends on hiring and retaining skilled people,” said Lake Shore Systems CEO Jessica Frost. “Ontonagon has one of the best welding education programs we have seen, but the highest unemployment rate in the state of Michigan. This is a captive audience of skilled people with excellent work ethic, eager for great jobs close to home. Rather than watch these graduates move way to seek work, we want to keep this talent in the U.P. or Northern Wisconsin.”

Said Brad Lebouef, executive vice president of operations at Systems Control, “We joke and kid about the fact that the U.P. is remote, but we also think that there are advantages to that so we talk about things like the northwoods culture here and the hard work ethic. It seems like a natural stepping stone that the students who have grown up in the U.P., seeing the culture and work ethic first hand, would want to live that in a progressive career. This is something that Systems Control and other leading businesses in the area can provide.”

Dan Davis, human resources manager at BOSS Snowplow said, “We are proud to have people from the U.P. and Northeastern Wisconsin on the BOSS Team. They represent all the attributes we seek in our employees, and they are what make BOSS successful. Partnering with our communities and their technical education programs is crucial to our company’s long term success.” MichiganWorks! has been instrumental in inviting U.P. businesses. Twenty employers are already signed up: Lake Shore Systems, Boss Snowplow Systems, Control Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital, Burton Industries, Certainteed/Celotex from L’Anse, Dept. of Corrections, Department of Natural Resources, Gogebic Community College Admissions and Welding, Gogebic Medical, Highland Copper, Lac Vieux Desert Resort Casino, L’Anse Manufacturing, Michigan Army National Guard, Michigan State Police, MichiganWorks!, Ontonagon County Sheriff Department, Ottawa National Forest, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and Quad Graphics of Lemira, Wisconsin.

Students will attend the event from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. The public is invited from 2:30 on.

Ontonagon Area Schools are located at 701 Parker Avenue in Ontonagon.