manufacturing

Marti Mikkelson

Despite the improved economy, local manufacturers still struggle to find skilled workers. Some company leaders have even been visiting high schools to encourage young people to consider a career in the skilled trades.

One new high school grad who did not need coaxing to head into the skilled trades is Gary Large. He grew up on a farm in Port Washington.

Marti Mikkelson

Many employers in the U.S., including in Milwaukee, struggle to find qualified workers. According to a recent Manpower survey, one in three employers are having a tough time even though the economy has improved.

The greatest area of need remains in the skilled trades, including construction.

Susan Bence

The Milwaukee area could get an infusion of federal money -- or at least advice -- on how to grow its manufacturing sector.

Kenall Manufacturing plans to move its offices and factory to Kenosha, as soon as the company and Wisconsin leaders agree on a package of financial incentives.

When it comes to creating manufacturing jobs, Wisconsin ranks near the top, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation. The state is number five, below only Michigan, Texas, Indiana and Ohio.

The statistics are for December, 2009 - March, 2013 and are contained in story posted by CNBC.

President Obama
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President Obama spoke to a cheering crowd of Master Lock employees Wednesday. The president cited the central city company as an example of what he intends to promote – manufacturing growth in the U. S. As WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports, Master Lock decided to bring 100 jobs back here from China.