Minot, North Dakota, Menards To Fly In Workers From Wisconsin To Serve Boomtown Crowd
AP | By JAMES MacPHERSON
Posted: 11/29/2012 6:39 pm EST Updated: 11/30/2012 1:37 pm EST
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Home improvement retailer Menard Inc. says it will hire workers from its home base in Wisconsin and fly them to North Dakota to staff a store in Minot, which is near the state's booming oil patch and has more jobs than takers.
The company said in a statement that it plans to hire 50 workers in Eau Claire, Wis., where it has its headquarters, and fly them weekly to Minot, which is also in the middle of an unprecedented building boom as it recovers from record flooding last year.
Menard, which has more than 200 stores in the Upper Midwest, said this would be the first time it has flown employees to work weeklong stints, housing them in hotels, but that it "is going to be a permanent solution for as far as we can see."
Menard has offered a starting wage of $13 an hour at the Minot store, well above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, which prevails in Wisconsin. It's also the minimum wage in North Dakota, but most jobs there pay more. A listing for a pizza delivery driver in Minot was advertised Thursday at $15 to $20 per hour, plus a $250 signing bonus.
but I sincerely hope that anyone who takes the job reads the fine print and then can take the job with confidence that they won’t have the hotel bill and airfare taken out of their paychecks. “16 tons/company store” and all that.