After coronavirus nixes migrant worker program, businesses try to fill the gap

Published: Mar. 24, 2020 at 2:41 PM EDT
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Some local businesses are looking for workers in this difficult economic time, provided they're allowed to move forward with operations under the stay-at-home order.

Craig Bauer owns Bauer Lawn Care and has been in the business for 40 years. He said he's never seen anything like this hit his business.

"I've been through three recessions, the drought of '88, countless other weather related issues and have never seen anything like what we're facing," Bauer said.

For the last 30 years, Bauer has been part of a government program that brings in legal migrant workers for the eight month season. COVID-19 has shut that down and will be leaving him to fill a lot of positions.

"We stand to need 40 to 50 people to start work immediately," he said.

Bauer said the offer is out there for any displaced workers who want to earn money.

"And this is the critical time of our season when we start ramping up, putting down mulch and mulching businesses," he said. "Grass mowing is going to start in two weeks. We can put people to work immediately."

Bauer realizes the stay-at-home order from the governor may affect his ability to continue business for a while, but he is trying get clarification on whether landscapers need to close. Regardless, he needs to be up and ready to go when he does get the green light.

"Social distancing for us is kind of easy because a rake or a shove is five foot anyways, when you use that this time of year you're automatically social distancing," Bauer said.

For information on applying to Bauer Lawn Care, call 419-893-5296.

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