United Steelworkers Local 850: Members prepare to celebrate 100 years of manufacturing cookware in Washington County


Carol Vetter (262) 689-1280

(Kewaskum, Wis.) – Some 300 members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 850 are preparing to celebrate a century of manufacturing in the Washington County communities of West Bend and Kewaskum. The workers proudly produce high quality American made, stainless-steel and cast aluminum cookware as well as stainless steel and aluminum coffee urns.

“The cooperative relationship that exists between the union members and the company has been very instrumental in achieving this century of success,” said USW Local 850 President Carol Vetter. “We look forward to the next 100 years.”

The “Celebration of a Century” will take place on September 24, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. under the tents at the Regal Ware Manufacturing grounds at 1200 Schmidt Road, West Bend WI. Activities include live music, cookware drawings, factory tours, a car show and activities for all ages. Admission is free.

USW Local members are pleased that their International President, Leo W. Gerard will be joining the festivities along with USW International Vice President Jon Geenen and USW District 2 Director, Michael Bolton.

“We’re very proud that we are able to meet the challenges of the global market and keep good paying manufacturing jobs here in Washington County,” Vetter added.

The USW represents 850,000 members in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. It is the largest private sector union in North America, representing workers in a wide range of industries including metals, mining, rubber, paper and forestry, glass and oil refining.