FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 2, 2015
CONTACT: Laurel Patrick, (608)267-7303
Governor Scott Walker Participates in Manufacturing Day at GenMet
Mequon – Governor Scott Walker joined GenMet employees and students today at their Manufacturing Day celebration in Mequon. This celebration allows students from the community to tour GenMet’s facilities and experience the different types of manufacturing jobs taking place on the production floor every day.
"The manufacturing industry is thriving here in Wisconsin, and there is no better time than Manufacturing Month to highlight GenMet and all of our manufacturing businesses,” Governor Walker said. “Today, students are seeing first-hand all that the manufacturing industry has to offer. GenMet is creating this opportunity for students to get a taste of manufacturing, maybe even sparking an interest in some to pursue a family-supporting job in this high-demand field. Throughout Manufacturing Month, we will continue to highlight Wisconsin’s excellent manufacturers that are a crucial part of Wisconsin’s economy."
GenMet Corporation is a full-service metal fabricator that provides quality products to truck and construction OEMs, point of purchase display manufacturers, and other vital industries in Wisconsin. Since its purchase in 1999, GenMet has grown considerably, thanks, in part, to lean business practices and continuous equipment upgrades, and in 2007, GenMet purchased a second facility in Slinger, Wisconsin in order to increase its welding capacity.
In Wisconsin, over 450,000 people work in manufacturing jobs, making our manufacturing job concentration 87 percent above the national average. In the 2015-17 biennial budget, Governor Walker and the State Legislature invested or maintained roughly $100 million in worker training to develop talent through initiatives such as Registered Apprenticeship, Youth Apprenticeship, and Wisconsin Fast Forward, which help equip our workforce with the skills they need to succeed. These initiatives focus especially on workforce readiness in high-demand job sectors like manufacturing.