RHINELANDER - Trig's Smokehouse in Rhinelander hired 15 new employees to start a second shift. Supervisor Geremiah Young remembers the early days of Trig's Smokehouse. He's worked there since 2009 which was before the plant on Stevens Street was even built.
"We had one little stuffer and now we've got two lines going and looking to possibly get more," said Young.
That demand for more was enough to add a second shift and 15 new jobs at the Smokehouse.
"We're fairly excited about for this second shift. It means a lot more of our product is getting out to the world and we're very excited for that," said Young.
Getting out tons of new product may be more accurate.
"We're doing about 4,000 pounds of just bratwurst and with the first shift, they were doing about 3,000 pounds of sticks. Throughout both shifts I know we can do a maximum of that and right now we're going through quite a bit," said Young.
The day shift goes from 6am-2:30pm when the second shift comes in and takes over right away, making the shift change relatively smooth.
"We've got one person coming in and one person steps out. We exchange what we were doing for the day, what products were ran during the day and we continue on from there," said Young.
With the 15 new night time employees, training can be a challenge.
"Training… it's going… it's like anybody else, you come off the street and this is a whole different ballgame from what they're used to," said Young.
In addition to the 15 hired employees, the Smokehouse is still looking for about six more.
"It's a fun, fast-paced environment. If you think you've got it, come on in. But be prepared for the cold."