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Manufacturers First Act Introduced

U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman announced the Manufacturers First Act, H.R. 2792, with the goal of providing relief to Wisconsin’s manufacturers from regulations promulgated by E.P.A. According to Grothman, “The EPA set National Ambient Air Quality Standards, in particular ozone, at 120 parts per billion (ppb) in 1971, and now the EPA has proposed a new […]

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October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin!

One of the foundations of the Wisconsin and Fox Cities economy is manufacturing. From machining parts to assembling planes, we make all kinds of cool stuff here! The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) has planned lots of great events to celebrate Manufacturing Month. Check out more information here: http://www.wmep.org/node/2645 Happy Manufacturing Month!

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Focus on Keeping our Local Businesses Here

I spent two days in Madison with economic development professionals from across the country discussing best practices for Business Retention & Expansion Programs. I am the manager for the FIRE UP Business Retention program that is part of the Appleton Regional Partnership. Studies show that 80% of future job growth comes from companies that are […]

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  Working Like a Charm In the 20 years since the North American Free Trade Agreement cemented the commercial relationship between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, NAFTA has propelled an explosion in trade, jobs, and growth and enhanced the competitiveness of all three countries. Twenty years of facts, experiences, and benefits have proven conclusively […]

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New Vision of the Future of Manufacturing

This interesting piece from Slate Magazine previews the new book Makers: The New Industrial Revolution by Chris Anderson, editor of Wired Magazine. The article lays out the new vision that Anderson puts forth for how 3D printing and other technology will allow for “industrial artisans” to imagine, design, create, and market new niche products to […]

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