Still in the running

ONTONAGON – The Village of Ontonagon appears to still be in the running for a new manufacturing operation. In a press release, the Wisconsin-based Oldenburg Group Incorporated announced it is nearing the completion of its search for the best location to open a fabrication and welding facility, and is still considering Ontonagon as well as a number of other locations.

Oldenburg already has manufacturing factories in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and Iron River, Michigan. They also have a technology and administrative center in Kingsford, Michigan.

The company formerly operated a shipbuilding facility in Ontonagon.

Oldenburg CEO Wayne Oldenburg said, “Of course we have an appropriate building in Ontonagon. However, our main criteria is to pick a location that offers an experienced and skilled workforce. So far we have not seen a significant interest from potential workers in Ontonagon. We have a record backlog of work and need to increase our manufacturing capacity. We would start up with about 10-12 people and see how it progresses.”

In its heavy equipment division, Oldenburg manufactures large machines for the underground mining industry as well as a wide variety of equipment for the military, primarily the Navy.

To determine the availability of a workforce in Ontonagon, Oldenburg is asking any additional interested workers to send their resumes either via email to, or hard copies to Oldenburg Group Incorporated, Attn: NF HR, 1717 West Civic Drive, Glendale, WI 53209.

The press release further states the company has an immediate need for increasing its welding and fabrication capacity.

They will compile information from the various locations they are considering, and make a determination within a month.