The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin on July 4, 1965 · Page 31
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July 4, 1965

The Racine Journal-Times Sunday Bulletin from Racine, Wisconsin · Page 31

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RACINE SUNDAY lULLETIN 7^ Sunday, July 4, 1965 ' City's Industry to Feel Effect of Hotel Closing What happens when more than half the lodging rooms normally used by visiting businessmen are suddenly taken off. the availability list at an industrial city where overnight accommodati o n s are already scarce and overtaxed? Hotel Racine, with its 200 20 Companies Goal ofJA for Next Fall Plans have been laid for expansion of the Racine Junior Achievement (JA) program next fall. Goals of 20 JA companies and participation by about 450 high school students have been established. In the school 'year just ended 14 JA companies operated with about 300 students participating. It was the first year for the program in Racine. Re-elect Adult Leaders The targets for the 196566 year were set at the first annual meeting of Junior Achievement of Racine, the adult organization of business executives which governs the program. The group re-elected its chairman, Roger LeDong, executive vice president of Twin Disc Clutch Co.'s, North American Division, and elected a new vice chairman, Harold Crawford, plant superintendent at Western Printing & Lithographing Co. Secretary R. A. Harmon, administrative assistant-sales, Twin Disc, and Treasurer Harold C. Weiss, executive vice president of American Banit & Trust Co., were reelected. Merritt D. Hill, president of the J. I. Case Co., will continue as finance chairman. Hope to Raise $18,000 Harmon said that to support next fall's expanded program, $18,000 has been set as the amount to be raised through contributions from Racine business and industry. To underwirte this year's program, about $15,000 was raised from' some 32 companies. Harmon said hopes are to broaden the base of financial participation. The student JA companies will continue to operate in the building at 604 6th St. The JA organization obtained a three-year lease on the building last fall. In the JA program, high school students form actual corporations to manufacture and sell small products. The idea is to give the teenagers first-hand experience in the workings of the free enterprise system." rooms, closed only last Wednesday, but Racine motel- keepers already knew the answer: Will Billet Elsewhere Even more of the business visitors than before will billet out of town—at Kenosha, Milwaukee, even Chicago, or in motels along the routes between the cities. Hotel Racine will reopen, but not until a rebuilding project is completed—an estimated eight months from now. Every week, scores of businessmen visit Racine to call on industry and retail business or to take part in home- office sales conferences. At Hotel Racine, about 80 per cent of the weekday guests, or about 400 a week, have been businessmen. The same or even higher percentages hold true at the area's three motels, the 78- room Clayton House at 5005 Washington Ave., Anderson's Motel, with 22 rooms at 5828 Douglas Ave., and Seeger's Motel; 26 rooms, at 1700 Durand AVe. A Weekday Demand The businessman-demand for lodging comes mostly Monday through Thursday. In recent weeks, the Clayton House has been turning people away at the rate of as many as 20 or 25 a day at mid-week, says the motel's manager, Bradley Brin. Most of these are businessmen. Now, with Hotel Racine closed and the other two area motels operating at capacity, we have no place in Racine to send them," Brin said. "We just have to shunt them out of the city." Paradoxically, the closing of the hotel, even if for no more than eight months, could actually hurt business at other Racine lodging places over the long run. Reasons Brin: Businessmen are likely to become discouraged at the extended lack of rooms to the point where eventually they will not even check in Racine for room availability. Instead, they will lodge out of the city as a matter of course and commute to their contacts in Racine. Will Go Elsewhere The hoters closing, Brin points out, also leaves the Clayton House—which has a restaurant, bar and banquet hall—^as the only Racine facility suited to handle conventions and larger business meetings. He said Racine industries and other organizations can be expected to hold more of their meetings out of town than they have. Racine's industries, well aware of the room shortage, are taking steps. The J. I. Case Co., its Ra- cme operations subject to hundreds of visits annually from representatives of other Increase in Apprenticeships Fails >o Match the Needs of Industries —lournal-Tlmcs Photos START TRAINING PROGRAM— To overcome a .skilled worker shortage, Twin Disc Clutch Co. has started its own eight weeks training program to teach young men the basic essentials of Twin Disc production machines. Hired specifically for enrolment in the earn-while-you-learn program, the first group of 20 trainees began eight weeks of classroom and plant instruction two weeks ago. The class includes Eli Heikkila, a June graduate of Iron River (Mich.) High School, (upper photo) at the Vocational School hard at the books. In lower photo, Heikkila, wearing safety glasses, gets some instruction from machine operator Ralph Giannoni at the Twin Disc Plant. Most of the trainees are recent Racine area high school graduates. A second class of 20 starts July 12. Trainees were selected from about 140 applicants. 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Case installations, is advising all of its field personnel likely to make a trip to Racine of the shortage, and supplying them with lists of lodging facilities within a reasonable distance of the city. Some of the Case visitors will, of course, be able to stay in Racine—but the company is warning them to anticipate their lodging needs as far in advance as possible so reservations can be made. But other Racine firms are doing the same, and there obviously won't be enough reservations to go around. Hamilton Beach has made arrangements to keep two rooms continually at a Racine motel; this, a spokesman said, should be enough to take care of most of the company's day-to-day needs, although sales meetings may have to be held out of the city. M 0 t e 1 k e e pers said the shortage probably will not af­ fect tourists, most of whom are visitors on. weekends, when the businessmen have cleared out and rooms are more generally available. Madson Sets Moving Date Officials of the Nels C. Madson Co., sheet metal contractors, said the company expects to move into its new plant, under consti-uction on Racine's west side, by mid- September. Madson, now located at 1225 Washington Ave., is the second firm to begin construction in the Chamber of Commerce - promoted • industrial park south of 21st St. and west of Ohio St. Hartmann Manufacturing Co. was the first. Madson is putting up a 10,000 square-foot pre-fabricated steel building. mel Ave., a 1963 graduate of, the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, has joined the staff of the Racine office of the Wisconsin State Employ- m e n t Service as an interviewer. Two other interviewers on the staff at the Racine WSES office, Jerome Hlavachek and Thomas Wall, will be at Fairfield, Conn.; beginning July 12 for an eight-Week course in employment counseling at Fairfield University. . STORAGE . MERCHANTS • MOVING • tOCAt AND tONG DISTANCE 1215 Stole St. Agents NORTH AMERICAN VAN LINES : "World Wide. 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By Dave Pfankuchen Journal-Times Staff The number of men appren- iced in industrial trades in lacine and other Wisconsin ;ities is increasing, but not 'ast enough to. make much nore than a small dent on he shortage of skilled shop vorkers. In the face of a labor market short of'available skilled tradesmen, Wisconsin industry is requiring additional machinists, tool and die makers, draftsmen and other accomplished craftsmen at a rate estimated at about 1,500 a year. Industrial apprenticeships statewide, meanwhile, have been producing skilled journeymen at the rate of only 360 a year since 1960, according to the State Industrial Commission's Apprenticeship Division, which maintains the apprenticeship standards set out in Wisconsin law. Increase Falling Short Charles T. Nye, the division's director, said this rate will increase, since the number of men starting industrial appreticeships has risen from 353 in 1962 to 498 in 1963 and 544 last year and continues to rise this year. But the increase is falling far short of being enough to fill the skills gap. In Racine, there are estimated to be only 80 industrial apprentices currently on the job at one stage or another of training, at 27 separate plants. With the average apprenticeship lasting four years, this would mean that perhaps 20 will graduate to journeyman status this year-—double last year's total but still far below the needs of Racine industry. Current listings at the Racine office of the Wisconsin State Employment Service show local job openings for 21 tool and die makers alone. Consider the Problem What accounts for the relative unpopularity of the ap- iprenticeship system? Nye said the Apprenticeship Division has been kicking the question around since 1953 but still doesn't have the whole answer. Some of the reasons, he said, are: 1. Employer apathy toward skilled trades training. 2. A continual press by labor unions for control of apprenticeships, with labor contracts that frequently make it impossible for an apprentice to receive all-around training because of seniority systems that give him little if any status during a layoff. Union members generally are opposed to apprenticeship, viewing it as a threat to their own seniority, Nye said. 3. The diminished esteem in which a man who follows a trade is held by the general public. The traditional prestige of being a craftsman is missing today; greater status is attached to white-collar jobs. 4. With the passage of time, some apprenticeship programs have become outmoded and no longer meet employer needs. Other reasons are cited by George Strombeck. trade and industrial co -ordinator at the Racine Vocational, Technical and Adult School, and Oswald Keller, area field representative for the Industrial Commission 's Apprenticeship Division. Other Reasons Cited They said some employers are reluctant to train apprentices because they have done so only to have the men pirated away, usually for higher pay, by other companies as soon as they become journeymen. Others, said Keller and Strombeck, don't like to start apprentices during periods when business is down because they say they can't afford and don't need them then. When business improves, the plant is too busy and management can't find room for an apprentice or spare the necessary time of experienced workers to help train him. Proponents of apprenticeship agree that the apprenticeship system is the most economical and efficient method of training craftsmen. But some employers object to paying an apprentice for the "non-productive" hours he is required to spend at the Vocational School taking "related instruction." This is the bookwork—shop math, blueprint reading and other subjects—that goes along with learning all phases of a trade. Several Racine manufacturers mentioned union control as a drawback. On the other hand, one executive said the company's labor agreement contains the standard United Auto Workers apprenticeship program and the program is working out well—with the exception that the company has been unable at times to find qualified young men to fill openings. Competes with High Pay This, the executive said, is because the lure of high-paying semi or unskilled factory Jobs is greater to some than, the prospect of having to ac-' cept the lower wages, frequently about half journeyman's pay, that go along with the early stages of an apprenticeship. Nye said the total number of apprentices in Wisconsin —including construction trades (where many of the problems are the same) as well as industrial trades—has risen by 450 in the last seven months. He said the increase is due mostly to the current high level of industrial activity and accompanying acute shortage of skills, and probably in part to heightened promotional efforts by the Apprenticeship Division, But he acknowledged that if the state's longer-range needs for craftsmen are to be solved through apprenticeship, there will have to be many more men in the program. Nye suggested several measures to help achieve that end: 1. A tax abatement or other reimbursement system to help an employer meet training costs. 2. Establishment of some means of guaranteeing that an apprentice will stay with the employer who trained him after he becomes a journeyman. 3. A re-evaluation of tlie program to determine where it falls short of meeting current industrial needs, with an eye to making changes where it does. 4. An intensified effort to educate rank and file union members on the merits of the apprenticeship program. 5. 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