GEOTEK looking to hire after Kemps announces Rochester plant closing

Created: January 28, 2020 09:29 AM

(ABC 6 News) - The workforce shortage continues to be a major problem for businesses in the region, and GEOTEK in Stewartville is no exception. 

For decades, GEOTEK has manufactured and distributed fiberglass products, including PUPI crossarms.


"When you drive around town and you see where the electrical wires are supported historically a lot of that business has been in woods,” said Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing Brandon Bubak.  “Where you see the gray composites and kind of the engineered type product up on the poles a good majority of that throughout the United States and even internationally now is PUPI product.” 

Recently the company has gained a lot of business in North America, according to Vice President of Human Resources Mollie Forstner.

“We've doubled our headcount from 200 to 400 employees in the last year,” she said.

But like so many businesses in the region, they still need even more. In August, the company broke ground on a 65,000 square foot building expansion. 

"We're expecting that in May and June we'll start hiring people. We'll need about 60 people across four different shifts,” said Vice President of Operations Dwight Keenan. 

Last week Kemps announced that it will close its Rochester Milk Plant at the end of June, leaving 125 people without a job. People that GEOTEK could be looking to hire.

"We've had a few [Kemps employees] that have come here and they've been really quality workers," said Forstner. 

The type of work isn’t exactly the same. 

"They're dealing with liquids and we're taking a liquid and glass rovings and combing that and making it into a crossarm,” he said.

But with the workforce shortage, they’re willing to train.

"There's no question that anybody who is willing to learn and come to work can train at this and be very good and have a career here,” he said.

Those interested in learning more about careers at GEOTEK can find more information here

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