Wisconsin’s Economy focused on jobs in 2011
December 28, 2011
From fox11online.com: “Wisconsin’s economy in 2011” — Our Wisconsin economy focused heavily on jobs in 2011. Even before taking the oath of office to start the year, Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first four-year term.
“We’ve got to show that Wisconsin is indeed open for business,” said Walker.
Most of the jobs created throughout the year came from small businesses a few at a time. But some major companies in Northeast Wisconsin contributed to easing the unemployment line.
Oshkosh Corporation looked to add 750 jobs to help build new trucks for the military.
Ariens in Brillion witnessed business growth at the snowblower manufacturer, adding a $3.8 million addition to its plant and hiring some 300 employees to meet customer demand.
Mercury Marine in Fond du Lac held job fairs to add 150 new workers.
Many businesses rebounded from the down economy adding on to their operations.
The Green Bay Packers announced plans to expand Lambeau Field. Team officials expect that will create 1,600 construction jobs.
Schreiber Foods in downtown Green Bay purchased the shuttered downtown mall with plans to build its new headquarters with hundreds of construction jobs expected.
Fox Valley Technical College witnessing a resurgence in older laid off workers heading back to school announced plans for an $85-million expansion at the school that will lead to additional staff as well.