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Nicolet College - Nicolet to provide specialized training PCA Tomahawk workers

PCA workers to receive specialized
training through Nicolet College


About 70 workers at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in Tomahawk will receive specialized training thanks to a $38,081 grant Nicolet College received from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Nicolet will use the grant to provide advanced training to PCA employees who operate and maintain the sophisticated papermaking machines at the mill.

Wisconsin Cabinet Secretary Matt Frank was recently at the mill's Buedingen Training Room in Tomahawk to announce the Workforce Investment Development Grant.

Matt Frank"Manufacturing is one of the real cornerstones of our state," said Frank, secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. "Our greatest strength is the people of our state and their ability to manufacture the highest quality products in the world."

The bulk of the training will be directed to approximately 50 production employees who have expressed interest in advancing to maintenance positions. By receiving the additional training, the production employees will meet all or most of the education qualifications to apply for available maintenance positions as senior workers retire.

About 20 current maintenance employees will also participate in the training, which will focus on electrical and mechanical systems, technical math skills, blueprint reading, communication and teamwork.

PCA's Tomahawk mill is one of the largest employers in the Nicolet district with 426 workers. The mill specializes in producing corrugated cardboard, making approximately 1,479 tons of the material every day.