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What did Scott Walker do this week? (07/12/14)

What did Scott Walker do this week?

We do this every Saturday to report on activity you may or may not hear about in the mainstream media.

Wisconsin’s business climate has turned around. Two big announcements this week. Uline, the packaging materials company headquartered in Pleasant Prairie, announced Thursday it will relocate its Midwest distribution center — and 475 jobs — from Waukegan, Ill., to Kenosha. And Briggs and Stratton is closing a Georgia factory while adding 220 full-time jobs and 150 seasonal jobs at its Wauwatosa plant.

Governor Walker visited McLane Foodservice Milwaukee in Sturtevant to help celebrate the expansion of the company’s distribution center. “I’m proud to be here today to recognize McLane Foodservice as an exemplary company growing in Wisconsin,” Governor Walker said.  “The attitude of excellence, held by both company leaders and employees, fuels the company’s success.  Thank you for having the confidence in our business climate, and our workforce, to expand to the Sturtevant distribution center and create dozens of new jobs.”

McLane Milwaukee’s 110,000 square foot expansion project is expected to be complete in August, 2014.  The company has added 100 new positions since the expansion project commenced in 2012, and is currently looking to hire an additional 20. 

Manufacturing Engineering Media featured a piece written by Governor Walker on closing the skills gap:

If you visit a modern manufacturing facility today, you will likely see what I have as I’ve toured some of Wisconsin’s many manufacturing facilities.

You invariably will find clean, safe, high-tech production facilities with workers operating sophisticated, computer-controlled equipment. The workers are earning family-supporting wages in positions that offer good pay, benefits, and the satisfaction that comes from work that is engaging and challenging, and requires a team approach to problem solving and success.

There are many jobs available for individuals who either have the necessary skills or are taking steps to gain them, and it’s vital for us to get this message across to our current and future workforce.

Read the entire piece here.

Governor Walker requested the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) declare Grant County a disaster area due to storm and tornado damage from last month.  An SBA declaration would provide low interest loans to businesses and individuals affected by the storms.  The request also included counties contiguous to Grant (Crawford, Iowa, Lafayette, and Richland counties).

“June was a difficult month for many property owners in Wisconsin.  Touring the damage was a first step, and now, we are moving forward to pursue an SBA disaster declaration.”  Governor Walker said.  “This would provide some assistance to people who need access to resources, so they can begin much-needed repairs.”

The number of Wisconsin lakes stocked with larger walleye will skyrocket in the next two years as the state harnesses a $12 million funding plan to boost walleye populations statewide, state fisheries officials say.

“Giving a much-needed boost to our walleye population is great news for our fishing community and it’s also great for our tourism industry and state economy,” Governor Scott Walker said.  “The success of the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative is thanks to a great, cooperative effort by private, public, and tribal entities.” 

Under the Wisconsin Walleye Initiative, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is enlisting state, private, and tribal hatcheries to produce an expected 750,000-800,000 extended growth or large fingerling walleyes for stocking in each of the next two years, 2014 and 2015.  The six- to eight-inch fish will be stocked in 275 lakes statewide (about 140 different lakes each year).

Governor Walker teamed up with Governor Bobby Jindal to write a piece for Politco: What's Obama's Problem With School Choice?

Is job growth better under Scott Walker than Jim Doyle? PolitiFact Wisconsin examined.

How about this guest opinion piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Agustin Ramirez,  chairman and founder of HUSCO International.

Today Governor Walker is in Nashville attending the annual meeting of the National Governors Association. But before he left…

Sea Cadets paid a visit to his office.

Have a great week. More coming next Saturday.

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