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L&S Electric to expand and hire in Wausau area

Left, L&S Exec. VP Paul Gullickson.  Center, WI Governor Scott Walker
L&S Electric Vice President Paul Gulllickson with Governor Scott Walker as they look at a 6,000 horsepower electric motor that is being reconditioned for a Hibbing Minnesota mine.  The picture is taken through the unfinished motor.
Left, L&S Exec. VP Paul Gullickson. Center, WI Governor Scott Walker
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WESTON, WI (WSAU) -  There’s a bit of good news in the business sector. A Weston and Schofield firm is about to break ground on an expansion project.

Executive Vice President Paul Gullickson says they need to grow. “In the next, probably, 30 days, we’ll start. We’ll break ground and hopefully hire another 20 people.”

L&S Electric specializes in repairing and reconditioning large heavy duty motors used in industry that can weigh tons and generate up to 10,000 horsepower. These motors are vital to power plants, foundries, railroads, paper mills, mining, and automotive manufacturing plants.

Gullickson says they’ve had to shift their focus to serve much more than the paper mills, where L&S got it’s start. “Our business in this area was built on the paper industry, and of course, that slowly is going away. Unfortunately for us, it’s impacted our business so we’ve had to go elsewhere to look for additional business.”

L&S Electric was one of three host sites last week for Governor Scott Walker’s “Mining for Jobs” tour. Gullickson welcomes the possibility of adding jobs, both at the mine and at plants like his. “The mining industry and all of the businesses that support mining, we would probably do a fair amount of work for all of them.”

L&S Electric has 325 employees now. They have facilities in Weston, Schofield, Appleton, and Racine. They also have sites in Minneapolis Minnesota and Menominee Michigan.