Ariens, Kohler and More Look to Temporary Workers to Meet Seasonal Demand


More manufacturers are gearing up to hire temporary employees, sometimes for jobs lasting many months, as they need the help but are reluctant to make permanent commitments.

Ariens Co. said it was seeking 150 employees to build snow throwers and lawn and garden equipment in Brillion. Also, the company says it will hire another 150 people in January and February.

Some of the jobs could be temporary, but many new hires will stay on as year-round employees, said company spokeswoman Ann Stilp.

Some companies have long used surge production and seasonal hiring to build products close to demand and not carry excess inventory.

That’s the case for Kohler Co., which hires seasonal employees to build engines in advance of the lawn and garden equipment season. In Waukesha, Generac Power Systems has used temporary hires to fill a glut of orders for generators after major power outages.

But more manufacturers are using the hiring strategy to fill year-round jobs while avoiding long-term commitments to employees, according to staffing agencies.

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