FRENCH ISLAND, Wis. (WXOW) – The COVID-19 pandemic has created a work culture that makes it difficult for manufacturing facilities like Inland Packaging to hire new employees.

“They’ve been hard to get for interviews lately. They don’t show up for some reason and that was a challenge,” said Kelly Laufenberg, Inland recruiter. “A lot of people want to work from home and have the flexibility to work from home and in a manufacturing facility that we can’t. We have to be there. “

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Laufenberg said they have tried to adapt their work culture by introducing flexible shifts, increasing their salary base, and receiving health benefits for full-time workers.

“I think people’s lifestyles have changed,” she said. “I think people need to stay home more. You have to be there for their families. I think there is a fear of going back to work full-time while still in a pandemic. “

The company creates and prints labels that are shipped across the country.

“We’re much more part of the package and want to be included in the package than just a label,” said Amy Mashak, Operations Manager. “We at Inland had to create our own printer training programs. So you are growing up here. You may not know how to print, but we will teach you this career path in-house as manufacturing itself is growing as printing.”

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Both women said the printing business is growing due to the increasing need for cleaning products.