Logistics Health Incorporated recently annouced they
had acquired 4 Department of Veterans Affairs contracts
worth nearly 3 billion dollars.
That move is expected to add 12-hundred jobs to the
although not all will be located in La Crosse.
Much of that move .
as well as the recent downtown building boom.
has a lot to do with businessman Don Weber.
News eight's Eric Jacobson sat down with Weber today.
he joins us now with more.
Mike and Martha,
Weber and I spoke on a number of issues.
including his upbringing.
the future of L-H-I.
as well as future of the city.
But for all his buildings sprouting throughout downtown
he simply says it is about giving back to a city he
As a young boy on the farm, the only time we ever
came to La Crosse was once awhile on Sunday.
From his humble beginnings on a farm in Cashton.
LHI Founder Don Weber has always been looking for
But those challenges.
especially after serving in Vietnam.
were much different than they are today.
At the time, we were struggling, we often talk about
that, because life was a lot simpler -- living from
paycheck to paycheck.
But fast forward many years.
Weber leads a much different story.
From the Charmant.
to Belle Square.
much of La Crosse's building boom in the last year
can be attributed to Weber.
I don't look at it as 'geez my fingerprint on this
or on that,' I look at it as, why have I been blessed
that this opportunity came our way? And then when
they do, what are we going to do with it, what's the
right thing to do.
While he loves a good challenge...
I'm a risk-taker.
...L-H-I's aquisition of these contracts.
as well as adding 12-hundred jobs.
may be his *biggest challenge yet.
To hire 1200 people in La Crosse in less than a year
is not possible.
Edit We're recruiting nationally, we are recruiting
in Eau Claire.
According to Weber.
most of the new jobs will be located in La Crosse
and Eau Claire.
LHI's riverside campus near downtown will be used
to house these jobs.
as well as the new Belle Square construction.
We'll have about another 55,000 square feet of space
to expand, and the possiblility the to take the next
3,4 hundred jobs we have once we're completed down
here on the Riverside Campus, this is a very good
While the V-A contracts are only renewable for five
Weber explains how the veteran healthcare industry
is evolving...and why L-H-I will be at the forefront
of that growth for years to come.
They're actually transitioning the delivery of healthcare
to our veterans to where its going to be privatized,
so it won't go back to the 20th Century systems that
Edit It's not only 1200 jobs, maybe it's going to
be three thousand jobs.
his plans have always been motivated by his love of
We need to do so much more for them.
They've earned that -- they've earned that.
And to say, hey I helped just one of them turn their
life around because of what I have, what my children
have, what my grandchildren have, there's nothing
more gratifying than that.
Reporting in LAX, EJ, N8.
Coming up the rest of this week I'll be taking a closer
look at how the influx of these new jobs will impact
as well as how local colleges will prepare the workforce
for these new jobs.
A lot of people are wondering about parking in the
downtown area with all of these new jobs coming in.
Did Weber explain where these people will park?
He explained that the Riverside Campus location is
expanding two levels at their parking garage.
increasing their car capacity by 300.
Belle Square will also see a new parking ramp.
which will add around 600 parking spaces.
in the next year.