More than 100 people showed up for a job fair in Beatrice Wednesday as Blattner Energy, based out of Minnesota and the project developer for NextEra Energy Resources, which will build the new wind farm in southern Gage and Jefferson counties beginning next month and going thru the end of the year, held the fair. As much as 30 percent of the project’s 150 workers will be hired from the area, and more could be hired through subcontractors, also hired by Blattner. Wages will range from $10-$16 per hour for general laborers, $18-$21 for machinery operators, $20-$23 for mechanics working 60-70 hour a week during the project. Employees will also receive employer paid medical insurance. Also, 5 permanent full time employees will be hired to conduct maintenance on the site, once the project is complete.
About Kevin Rippe
Kevin Rippe was born in Marysville and moved to Smith Center at the age of 1, then graduated from Smith Center High School in 1995. He graduated from Cloud County Community College in 1997, and joined the staff of KKAN/KQMA radio in Phillipsburg a year later. Since June of 2011 Kevin has been with us here at Your Country KNDY. You can hear Kevin on daily news reports, as well as calling area high school football and basketball. Kevin lives in Marysville with his wife Melissa, and 4 children Brennen, Jacob, Bailee, and Joshua.