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Gov. Scott Walker Announces Manufacturing Jobs on State Tour

He was at Jensen Metal Products in Caledonia Monday afternoon to announce the addition of 39 jobs. He earlier announced 350 new jobs at a plant in Neenah.

It will take baby steps for the state of Wisconsin to get the 250,000 new jobs Gov. Scott Walker promised on the campaign trail in 2010 and recommitted to over the weekend, he said Monday.

Walker made the statement while speaking to about 50 employees of Jensen Metal Products, when he stopped in Caledonia while campaigning for the June 5 recall election.

Walker announced Monday that Jensen Metal Products will expand its manufacturing operation, creating 39 new jobs, thanks to $2 million in tax credits through the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation over the next several years.

The announcement came just a few hours after Walker was in Neenah to announce Plexus Corp., another manufacturing company, is planning to create up to 350 jobs thanks in large part to $15 million worth of enterprise zone tax credits through the WEDC.

“Those are nice (announcements) to have a few big ones, but in the end, the way to get the economy going is not to get one or two big announcements, but hundreds and hundreds of 10, 15, 20, 30 (new employee) announcements,” Walker said. “We’re committed to small business growing.

“If there are larger businesses that want to grow, we’re going to do cartwheels to get them, but it’s really about helping our existing, small businesses succeed. … We can be a better partner and better ally to small businesses and that will help us get to that 250,000 job growth.”

Over the weekend, Walker recommitted to his pledge to bring 250,000 jobs to the state by 2015. He told the small crowd of Jensen employees that since taking office, the state has gained 14,4000 new manufacturing jobs, including 6,500 since Jan. 1 of this year, a tally Walker said was the sixth-most in the nation.

“It’s announcements like this that are part of that trend,” Walker said. “It’s incredibly important to us. We’ve been working on announcements like this for the last year and half. If things work out three weeks from tomorrow, we hope we’ll be in a position to continue doing that instead of going backwards.

Walker remained cautiously optimistic about the state’s job growth despite admitting April’s job numbers, expected to be released later this week, will likely be neutral at best. He said many employers have put off hiring because of worries about the recall.

Robert May 24, 2012 at 01:56 AM
patriot you are the biggest AHOLE I have EVER come across. now we all understand that it is only wisconsin and the people aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer.........but REALLY......yu are going to re-elect a criminal....a liar....a thief.....a puppet for the cock bros...one who seperates and destroys unions....one who defunds education and healthcare for the poor.......a snake in the grass? wisconsians are even more stupider than imbecile patriot.
Robert May 24, 2012 at 02:03 AM
mike do you really think these mutations are going to understand? For petes sake....the live in wiscomsun.
Patriot May 24, 2012 at 02:20 AM
@Robert-There ya go when your not able to have a sensible debate you resort to name calling and trash talk. Seems to me thats about all the left is good for well all your good for. Last time I checked Walker has not been convicted of anything, my school district did just fine without layoffs, cuts, or anything, and healthcare for the poor? Your really a clown there Robert!!! Public sector unions have NO place in my pocket book period with me having a voice. Well now I do!! Way to go Robert you just showed us all how well I cant say the word on here what and who you are. If u represent the left which you do that is why Gov Walker will prevail
Robert May 24, 2012 at 03:39 AM
when you learn to read you just might find out patirat
Robert May 24, 2012 at 03:52 AM
go make some more laws against abortion.......that will solve everything.....and lower womens wages while your at it......and oh....I almost forgot........declare another war....I know you need the money.

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