Thanks to our highly trained, seasoned workforce, Wisconsin’s manufacturing products are known throughout the United States and the world for their superior quality and craftsmanship. Foxconn, Generac, and Haribo are just a few of the manufacturing companies drawn to expand and invest in Wisconsin by the success of our industry and our top-ten business climate.
As a result, more products will be “Made in America, Right Here in Wisconsin.”
1. Governor Walker Proclaims October as Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin
Governor Walker proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin to highlight the manufacturing industry’s impact on the state’s economy. This year, Manufacturing Month takes on even greater significance with the addition of global manufacturers such as Foxconn and Haribo, who have announced their decision to locate in Wisconsin, bringing thousands of manufacturing jobs to the state.
Great to stop at Chippewa Valley Tech to discuss the importance of manufacturing in WI! pic.twitter.com/5hmHydvQyx
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) October 6, 2017
On Friday, October 6, he visited Chippewa Valley Technical College Manufacturing Education Center in Eau Claire and J & D Tube Benders, Inc., in Schofield to celebrate National Manufacturing Day with manufacturers across Wisconsin. As of 2016, Wisconsin manufacturing constitutes nearly 20% of the state’s gross domestic product, employs 461,000 workers, and contributes over $56 billion to the state’s economy.
2. Foxconn Announces Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin as the Location for its $10 Billion Manufacturing Plant
Last week, Foxconn announced it will build its $10 billion liquid crystal display (LCD) manufacturing facility, the first in North America and only one globally that is not located in Asia, right in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin.
With a floor area of 20 million sq. feet, the Foxconn campus will be large enough to hold 11 Lambeau Fields. It will employ 13,000 workers with an average salary of $53,875 plus benefits. The project will also support 10,000 construction jobs over each of the next four years as well as 6,000 indirect jobs from the construction. On top of this, there are at least 22,000 indirect and induced jobs expected to be created throughout the state.
3. Communities Affected by July Floods Now Eligible for Federal Disaster Assistance
Torrential rains left Arcadia with widespread flooding conditions. Visited yesterday for a briefing & tour. pic.twitter.com/1YVS4U8S5i
— Governor Walker (@GovWalker) July 22, 2017
Earlier today, Governor Walker announced a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) major disaster declaration for 11 counties impacted by flooding in western Wisconsin in July. The heavy rains caused flash flooding and several rivers to rise to major flood stage. FEMA damage assessments showed more than $10 million in damage to public infrastructure in the region.
Communities in the affected counties are now eligible for federal disaster assistance. They should contact their county emergency management director for further information. Under the program, FEMA provides 75 percent of eligible costs, while state and local agencies share the remaining 25 percent.
4. Governor Walker Visits Wisconsin Army Reserve Unit
Governor Walker thanked the 410th Medical Logistics Company Army Reserve Unit for their service on Friday. During the visit, he presented the unit with the Wisconsin flag and wished them Godspeed.