Made in the Midwest: Lou-Rich Adding Workers

Posted at: 11/15/2012 7:38 AM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 9:32 AM
By: Ellery McCardle

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- An Albert Lea company calls themselves the one-stop shop for customers.

Lou-Rich has been manufacturing metal parts for 40 years. Like many, it took a hit during the recession, but as the economy gets better, owners are facing a new challenge, looking for enough qualified workers.

More than 300 people clock in and out of Lou-Rich everyday. From Xray equipment to tractor parts for John Deere, you never know what will come down the assembly line next.

"Anybody that's looking for any metal parts for assembly we can provide that for them," said Mike Larson, president and CEO of Lou-Rich.

The company is employee-owned, something Larson says is a big factor in the success of the company.

"I think we have the best workforce in Freeborn County. The employees have a vested interest in the company. They're always trying to improve and make the product better for the customer," said Larson.

During the recession, some workers were laid off as business slowed but now employee levels are back to normal and there's room for more hands.

"One of the things we struggle with is finding skilled machinists and welders. We're constantly looking for people," said Larson.

An added workforce will come in handy soon.

"We've got a pipeline of new business that I've never seen before and it's huge," said Larson.

Lou-Rich began back in 1972 and it's first two employees still work there.

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