Since 1963, Artisans has been designing and producing the very best in apparel right here in Rusk County. Their work continues today utilizing the latest in technologies, from sublimation to laser embroidery. A homegrown company, started by the Dukerschein family, it originated on their family farm. It grew over the years on the farm, and then relocated and helped start the Glen Flora Industrial Park.
The Indeck Ladysmith BioFuel Center produces premium residential and industrial-grade wood pellets. The plan has the capacity to produce 90,000 tons of pellets annually.
The Dunn Paper – Ladysmith Mill (formerly Clearwater Paper Corporation manufactures paper using recycled materials. They are the largest provider or private label tissue to retail grocery chains and a world-class manufacturer of high-quality bleached paperboard.
The largest employer in Rusk County, Weather Shield has been manufacturing windows and doors for more than 55 years. To this day, it remains a family-owned company.
Jeld Wen is Rusk County’s second largest employer. Their Hawkins operation manufactures a wide variety of window and door products.
This plant in Ladysmith manufactures relay and industrial control products and is part of a worldwide leader in the areas of automation, integrated control systems and software solutions.
“When I went to college in the cities, I lost all feeling of community. When I graduated, I knew I needed to get back home to a community that I trusted. Ladysmith is a town where you can bring your car in to Flambeau Auto or Jerry’s and not be worried about them taking advantage of your lack of car knowledge. You can go out to eat at Family Restaurant and the owner and all the waitresses know you by name, or walk into Cedar Lodge and have your favorite drink already set out for you. Being able to graduate college, move back to such a welcoming community that I trust, surrounded by family, while having a great job right out of college? That’s a no-brainer!”
“Having lived in a large city for most of my adult life, I was looking for a place less crowded, less hectic. …The nights in Rusk County are dark and on clear ones I love to stare into the heavens and be able to dream a million dreams and just let my mind wander.”
Retiree to area – Community Volunteer
“I was born and raised in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. After high school, I took off, went to college in the Twin Cities, and traveled to many parts of the world like Tanzania, Ecuador, Mexico, the UK, and several US states. I moved to a small beach town in Florida for awhile after college but somehow found myself thinking about my hometown. After exploring parts of the world, I moved back to Ladysmith and found peace in the comfort and familiarity. It’s awesome being back home and seeing people from different generations come together and work towards making our small town a great place to live. I love going to local businesses and seeing many people I know, the live music opportunities at several of the local establishments, and the plethora of outdoor activities in nature. You can always venture out and explore the world, but there’s just something about that friendly small town vibe that keeps bringing me back home.”
Rusk County Resident