Lawmaker suggests bringing in 10,000 refugees to fix North Dakota's workforce problem, Article in Grand Forks Herald
The article, by C.S. Hagan, states:
Tom Shorma, president of WCCO Belting Inc., a manufacturer of specialized rubber belting products in Wahpeton, agrees that Mathern is on the right track and hopes immigrant and refugee families can move to North Dakota.
“I fully support what he is talking about. The state of North Dakota needs a workforce, and if we do it right we can do it in a non-disruptive manner," Shorma said. "I think we can become a model for our state and the rest of the country as far as how we handle refugees and immigrants."
He said the Wahpeton community has the resources to help refugee families come into the community, but it needs to be put into the "right structure." Jobs, housing, training and ESL classes could be provided for new arrivals, Shorma said. His company has 285 people who speak 10 different languages.