Governor Walker recognizes southwest Wisconsin’s contributions to manufacturing

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Governor Scott Walker addresses a crowd of 165 dignitaries, manufacturers, administrators, faculty and students at Southwest Tech Oct. 21 in celebration of Manufacturing Month.

By Robert Callahan

Wisconsin is open for business. Manufacturers are welcome.

Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore hosted over 150 people, including Gov. Scott Walker, during a Manufacturing Month event Oct. 21.

“I think manufacturing matters,” Walker told his receptive audience, which included area dignitaries and high school students. “I think it has been a proud part of our state’s history, but more importantly I think it is going to be an even more dynamic part of our state’s future.

“We just got to make sure we have people ready to fill those positions.”

The event was made possible in part due to the efforts of the Southwest Wisconsin Chamber Alliance, a new collaboration of six Chamber of Commerce groups (Dodgeville, Fennimore, Lancaster, Mineral Point, Platteville and Prairie du Chien). The alliance’s goals are to provide support and resources for businesses and also showcase southwest Wisconsin’s business opportunities, education, training and advancement possibilities, and vibrant quality of life, which in turn promotes the region as a great place to start or relocate a business.

“As an advocate for all of our businesses and communities, we endorse southwest Wisconsin as an economically feasible region to start or relocate a business,” said Southwest Wisconsin Chamber Alliance co-chair Robert Moses. “Our goal for today is to bring a higher level of awareness for the manufacturing opportunities in southwest Wisconsin.”

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