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MADISON – Governor Scott Walker visited Spiros Industries, Inc., in West Bend today to highlight Wisconsin’s strong manufacturing industries. Earlier this month, Governor Walker declared October as Manufacturing Month throughout Wisconsin, and this visit follows last Friday’s commemoration of National Manufacturing Day. 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 Wisconsin’s economy.

“Spiros Industries is a great example of the manufacturing companies that drive Wisconsin’s economy,” said Governor Walker. “Our manufacturing industry employs and trains highly-skilled, dependable workers across the state, enhances our global presence through superior-quality exports, and spurs the hardworking nature that keeps Wisconsin moving forward.”

Manufacturing Month takes on even greater significance this year with the addition of global manufacturers such as Foxconn and Haribo, who have recently announced their decision to locate operations in Wisconsin, bringing with them billions of dollars in foreign direct investment and thousands of manufacturing jobs.

Manufacturing employees earn an average of $55,348 annually, 20% higher than the state private-sector average, while also possessing an above-average rate of employer-provided health insurance and industry job growth.

Spiros Industries, Inc., is a custom precision spring and wire form manufacturer located in West Bend. The company underwent an expansion in 2016, increasing the size of their manufacturing facility by 50% and allowing for adding jobs in the future. Additionally, Spiros Industries has participated in the Youth Apprenticeship workforce development program for three years.

About Manufacturing Month

During Manufacturing Month, the Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, the Wisconsin Technical College System and other partners will be engaging in various activities to promote Wisconsin's manufacturing industry and workforce.

To learn more about how to participate in Manufacturing Month, please visit and