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October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin


October is Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin – a month to celebrate and highlight the manufacturing industry and what it means to not only the state’s economy but the economy in the local area. Around 20 percent of jobs in Wisconsin are in the manufacturing sector, a number that sits around 22 percent for the Fond du Lac area.

Jim Cleveland is the Director of Outreach and Client Services for Envision Greater Fond du Lac – he says that while many people may think of big companies like Mercury Marine or Alliance Laundry Systems when they think of manufacturing in the area, there are many medium and small-sized companies that contribute to the industry as well. “As the Mercurys are needing things, these smaller companies are providing a lot of work to the big companies,” Cleveland said. “When you look at the success of manufacturing, it goes much deeper than the ‘big guys’ around town, you get down into the smaller manufacturing firms as well.” Cleveland adds that Envision Greater Fond du Lac is working to help area youth learn more about the industry through programs like Project GRILL and Youth Apprenticeship.

To learn more about manufacturing month – click here.

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