2017 WEDA Awards announced

Oshkosh Corp. receives Economic Driver Award

Posted on Oct 1, 2017 :: Features
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

Oshkosh Corp. received an Economic Driver Award at the third annual Community and Economic Development Awards dinner hosted by the Wisconsin Economic Development Association in September.

“We are truly humbled to be honored with the Economic Driver Award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Association, especially as we celebrate our 100-year anniversary,” said Oshkosh Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Wilson Jones. “This award highlights our commitment to making a difference in the lives of our customers, team members, communities and for the environment. We’re honored to make a difference, and we’re excited for our next 100 years.”

The company’s 15,000-plus team members around the world include more than 6,600 in Wisconsin.

Oshkosh Corp. is a leader in designing, manufacturing and servicing a broad range of access equipment, commercial, fire and emergency, military and specialty vehicles, and vehicle bodies, making a significant economic impact to the communities in which team members live and work.

WEDA and its partner organizations developed the Community and Economic Development Awards program to recognize best practices and economic development-focused businesses and organizations that are making their communities a better place to live, work and play.

“WEDA is excited that our Community and Economic Development Awards program is able to celebrate the dedicated efforts of local, county, regional, state and private organizations in advancing our state’s economy,”said WEDA President Ed White.

Marquis Yachts, Pulaski, was a finalist for the Economic Driver Award. The company, which designs, engineers and builds yachts, has added hundreds of jobs to its existing workforce and invested more than $500,000 in facility improvements.

Other finalists for WEDA awards from Northeast Wisconsin:
Amplify Oshkosh, Economic Development Initiative: By partnering with the area’s universities, the organization works to usher top information technology graduates into the local market and provides continuing education through a peer network of business leaders.

Someplace Better, Sheboygan County, Human Capital/Workforce Development: A comprehensive workforce attraction program that provides social media marketing, resume intake, job fair organization and job seeker analytics, employers use the Someplace Better campaign to help market their jobs and promote Sheboygan County.

Artists Lofts by Wisconsin Redevelopment and Impact 7, Manitowoc, Real Estate Redevelopment and Reuse: Wisconsin Redevelopment and Impact 7 converted the vacant and historic Mirro Aluminum Plant No. 3 into Artist Lofts, a 40-unit, mixed-income, loft-style apartment complex. The project caters to veterans, provides needed workforce housing for area businesses and serves as a launching pad for local artists to showcase their art at monthly events that engage the Manitowoc community.

For a complete list of award winners and links to videos, visit www.weda.org.

To implement the awards program, WEDA partners with the Wisconsin League of Municipalities, Wisconsin Counties Association and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Award sponsors are Alliant Energy, Bachmann Construction, J.H. Findorff & Son, Green Bay Packers, Madison Gas & Electric, US Bank, American Transmission Co. Wisconsin Public Service, Xcel Energy and Insight Publications LLC.