SHEBOYGAN COUNTY EXPORTS ACHIEVE DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH
Sheboygan County companies are churning out more products that are consumed overseas, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. From 2013 to 2014, Sheboygan County showed an export gain of 12.9 percent, exceeding export growth in most other regional cities.
Sheboygan is seeing economic growth in other areas as well. In June, the city’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent — its lowest rate in 15 years. That’s an overwhelming decline from its peak in June 2009, which was 12.1 percent. June’s numbers also revealed the county’s unemployment rate of 4.1 percent is the fifth lowest county unemployment rate in the state.
Additionally, Sheboygan County employers have nearly 2,700 jobs available.
WISCONSIN PROTESTS EPA’S CLEAN
Wisconsin is among more than a dozen states petitioning the federal government to stop implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, signed by President Obama in August.
The Clean Power Plan requires power plants in the state to cut carbon emissions by 32 percent by 2030, based on 2005 levels. Gov. Scott Walker says the new rule will cost Wisconsin’s ratepayers — including manufacturers — up to $13 billion. Most of Wisconsin’s electricity comes from coal — one of the main sources of carbon dioxide production in the United States, according to the EPA.
In December, Wisconsin legislators issued a letter to the EPA challenging the Clean Power Plan proposal, citing concerns about cost and the reliability of other energy sources.
Wisconsin joins Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wyoming and West Virginia, which is leading the petition against the rule.
About 15 other states have issued statements supporting the EPA rule. Environmental leaders say the Clean Power Plan will help bring power plants up to modern standards, reducing carbon emissions and therefore reducing health care costs for asthma and other conditions.
PORT OF GREEN BAY TONNAGE DECLINES IN JULY
July tonnage for the Port of Green Bay was less than 940,000 metric tons, a
14 percent dip from July 2014.
“We had a decrease in salt (36 percent) and limestone (42 percent) last month,” says Dean Haen, Port and Resource Recovery director. “We are hoping the drop is just a timing issue and that things pick back up again for the remainder of the season.”
The decrease was somewhat anticipated with a leveling out in cargo, Haen says. “While a drop in tonnage is never a good thing, continued steady increases of other cargo like cement and coal are optimistic signs that we will end the season on a strong note.”
LAKESHORE TECHNICAL COLLEGE JOINS THE M-LIST FOR HIGH STANDARDS
Lakeshore Technical College in Cleveland earned recognition as
the newest member of the M-List by the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association
The M-List recognizes high schools, community colleges and universities teaching industry standards to manufacturing students.
LTC was acknowledged for its outstanding Welding and Introduction to Manufacturing and Production courses. As a result of M-List recognition, enrolled students will be eligible for certifications in accordance with the American Welding Society and the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council.
STATE GRANTS AVAILABLE FOR INTERNS
Small to midsize Wisconsin companies can apply to receive partial support for hiring an undergraduate intern for summer 2016 to assist in the companies’ global growth goals.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Partnerships for Global Talent Program, funded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, is designed to help Wisconsin companies grow internationally while also helping college students develop global business skills.
The program provides up to $4,000 per intern to help offset associated costs.
The program is open to Wisconsin companies with 500 or fewer employees. For more information: www.internships.international.wisc.edu/employers/wedc.
SADOFF IRON & METAL EXPANDS SERVICES AND FACILITIES
Sadoff Iron & Metal reopened a recycling center in Oshkosh and
now offers electronics recycling in all eight facilities throughout Wisconsin and Nebraska.
The Oshkosh facility will feature a unique drive-through experience. Customers also will receive instant visual weight verification or scale readouts of their materials to ensure accuracy.
The facility, located at 36 E. 10th Ave. in Oshkosh, is open weekly from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
For questions regarding the reopened facility and what materials are accepted for recycling, call the Oshkosh recycling center at (920) 232-7373.
SHOW OFF YOUR PLANT ON MANUFACTURING DAY OCT. 2
State manufacturing leaders hope to raise awareness during Manufacturing Month in October. Oct. 2 is designated as Manufacturing Day. Manufacturers are encouraged to host visits, tours and other events for students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors and members of the community.
A collection of resources is available online for employers, school districts, and others to host or take part in open houses or related events.
More information can be found at www.mfgday.com. For educators and schools, the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s website, www.newmfgalliance.org, has a list of companies that are interested in offering plant tours or career speakers.
K-12 PARTNERSHIP AWARDS SHOWCASE EDUCATOR/MANUFACTURER COLLABORATIONS
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance will host its fourth annual Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. The event features New North-area schools, educators, manufacturers and leaders, showcasing efforts to help connect kids with STEM careers. The alliance received 79 nominations this year.
The awards dinner is being held in conjunction with the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference, which is now a two-day event planned for Oct. 21 and 22.
Last year, more than 300 attended the awards dinner, which raised $10,000 for student scholarships. The cost to attend the dinner is $50. To register for the event, visit www.manufacturingfirst.com.
INTERNSHIP DRAFT DAY PLANNED FOR NOV. 12
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance and the Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance are hosting an Internship Draft Day from 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Lambeau Field.
The event will bring in up to 300 college students who can seek internships from up to 50 alliance manufacturers. The event will have a football draft theme, giving students scores based on grade point average, resumés and club involvement. Top student picks will be shown on a “draft board.”
Students will be able to sign up for interviews with company representatives and can move up the board depending on how well