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Brookings Employers Look To Watertown To Fill Jobs

February 28, 2014, 5:00 PM by Hailey Higgins

Brookings Employers Look To Watertown To Fill Jobs

It's a common struggle for many South Dakota cities. The economy is strong, so businesses are growing and moving to the state.

But with one of the nation's lowest unemployment rates, there simply are not enough people to fill all of the open positions.

That's especially true in Brookings, where employers are now looking to the north to find job seekers.

Daktronics has grown to one of the world's largest suppliers of electronic signs. Increased workflow has the Brookings-based business looking for more employees.

"We've been lucky to have a very strong order cycle recently and that is increasing demand for production workers in our factories. We are actually needing to increase employees in all of our manufacturing plants," Corporate Recruiter Leah Brink said.

Corporate Recruiter Leah Brink says she's looking to hire a few dozen more employees to keep up with demand.

Next month, she will be an hour north in Watertown looking for prospective employees.

"We are excited to connect hopefully with some future employees up there that may need to make some changes," Brink said.

Following recent layoffs involving hundreds of workers in Watertown, it's now the target area for employers looking for experienced and qualified help.

"When we saw the Minnesota Rubber layoff coming and then of course, Verifications coming we wanted to make sure that our employers here are aware that there is another pool of applicants and they may be looking for work," Jeff Kjenstad said.

This is the first time in years first time Jeff Kjenstad says the Department of Labor and Regulation is urging Brookings employers to look north on Interstate 29.

"We weathered the recession fairly well and things have just continued to build from there. We've got local companies that are expanding and of course, with the addition of that cheese plant, we are going to be busy," Kjenstad said.

The Watertown Radio Spring Career Fair will be March 25 at the Watertown Event Center in the Kota Dome.

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