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Governor Walker spoke with folks at Marketplace 2014 in Milwaukee about expanding minority run businesses in WI. Organized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), the Governor’s annual Conference on Minority Business Development featured a business expo, trade show floor, capacity building seminars, and networking options.
“This is an excellent opportunity for small, minority, women, and veteran-owned firms to network,” Governor Walker said. “This event offers these business leaders a chance to meet individually with buyers and state agencies, and identify resources for funding. This conference builds on Wisconsin’s pro-business climate, enhancing the perfect environment to expand your business and establish new connections in the state.”
In Pewaukee, a ribbon cutting was held for expansion at Midwest Engineering Systems, which specializes in designing, building, and installing robotic custom automation equipment. Due to increased sales of automation systems, Midwest Engineering Systems moved production to a new 100,000-square-foot facility, effectively doubling the company’s floor space.
“The incredible growth that Midwest Engineering Systems has seen since its introduction to the Midwest more than 20 years ago is a testament to the dedication of its employees, as well as their superior service, and quality products,” Governor Walker said. “Employees also work closely with the Waukesha, Madison Area, and Fox Valley Technical Colleges to share their expertise with student interns, providing a hands-on experience to learn in a dynamic field. I applaud Midwest Engineering Systems for these incredible accomplishments, and for supporting future generations of knowledgeable and skilled professionals in high-demand fields such as Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.”
At Austin Straubel Airport in Green Bay, Governor Walker joined employees and local officials to celebrate the expansion of Jet Air Group’s avionics potential with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Jet Air Group offers a variety of services, including aircraft maintenance, avionics, air charter services, flight training, and calibration.
“Today’s expansion continues Jet Air Group’s legacy in Wisconsin as a pioneer in the field of aviation,” Governor Walker said. “I applaud Jet Air’s investment in our state, and commitment to retain their existing full-time jobs in addition to creating new jobs. Improving and expanding our airport and other transportation operations in Wisconsin helps to attract future businesses and industries to the state, and encourages existing ones to stay and expand.”
The expansion includes a new, multi-purpose 34,000 square-foot hangar which provides additional space to shelter jets indoors, necessary for aircraft refurbishment and storage during Wisconsin’s frigid winters and inclement weather. The $1.9 million project was completed earlier this month and also includes an aircraft interior shop.
Governor Walker took his Better Bottom Line initiative to Beyond Vision in Milwaukee. Governor Walker proclaimed 2014 as the Year of A Better Bottom Line to encourage and promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities. A Better Bottom Line is tailored after Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s initiative with the National Governor’s Association, which details the vast benefits for employers, employees, and communities.
During the Year of A Better Bottom Line, Governor Walker is directing state agencies to focus on recognizing and promoting public and private programs, companies, and organizations that are improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities, including veterans and students.