February 2015

State companies pinched by West Coast shipping slowdown

Wisconsin companies are feeling the strain of the West Coast shipping slowdown that's resulted in a logjam of products and components coming from Asia.  U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is in San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and an association of maritime companies have come to a halt. ...

Minding the Gap: A Roadmap for Addressing the U.S. Manufacturing Skills Shortage

While U.S. manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, employers are facing a new challenge — a shortage of qualified job applicants. The skills gap cannot be bridged overnight. We must align education, economic development, workforce, and business agendas to develop the talent necessary for success in a global economy. ... Read More

Cree comes in at #19 on "The World's 50 Most Innovative Companies" list

Cree - For its Speed and Ingenuity in Becoming the Leading Consumer LED Brand in the U.S. - Think back three years.  Had you - or anyone you knew - heard of Cree, the company that staked out a successful but obscure business building chips and high-tech components that go inside other companies' LED products, the super-efficient, long-lasting bulbs that have sparked a revolution in the lighting business?    ... Read More

Caledonia moves closer to opening I-94 and other areas to greater development

CALEDONIA — After over three years of negotiation and planning, the Village of Caledonia is one major step closer to bringing development to a major stretch of the I-94 corridor.  The village received approval from the Racine Wastewater Commission Tuesday night to establish a new sewer discharge point from Caledonia into the Racine Wastewater Utility via Mount Pleasant, enabling the village to bring sewer and water to TID No. 4, and area along the interstate prime for development... Read More