Manufacturing

  • Madison ice cream company fined nearly $150K for safety violations

    A Madison ice cream company is facing nearly $150,000 in OSHA fines, after a federal investigation into workers being exposed to anhydrous ammonia.

    Madison ice cream company fined nearly $150K for safety violations
  • Johnsonville to close Sheboygan County plant, affecting nearly 400 workers

    Wisconsin-based sausage manufacturer Johnsonville announced Wednesday it will close its Meadowside plant in Sheboygan County. The closure comes after the company acquired co-manufacturer Salm Partners. The Sheboygan County plant employees 390 workers and will close by the end of the year. Johnsonville’s Countryside and Riverside manufacturing facilities will remain operational. In a press release, Johnsonville…

    Johnsonville to close Sheboygan County plant, affecting nearly 400 workers
  • The state budget set aside $125M to address PFAS. Months later, communities are still waiting for relief.

    At the beginning of this year, Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed spending more than $100 million to address pollution from so-called forever chemicals known as PFAS. Months later, Republican lawmakers called for even more money, voting to create a $125 million trust fund to address PFAS contamination as part of the current two-year budget, which Evers…

    The state budget set aside $125M to address PFAS. Months later, communities are still waiting for relief.
  • Business incubator works to connect Driftless Area entrepreneurs

    In her role as executive director of the Platteville Business Incubator, Kate Koziol said she learned there are no mistakes in the entrepreneurial world. “There’s just ideas that didn’t execute well,” Koziol says. “And you can retool it or refine it. You can always learn from something.” But, she added, rural entrepreneurs may sometimes feel…

    Business incubator works to connect Driftless Area entrepreneurs
  • When will Wisconsinites see relief from high drug prices? A health insurance broker weighs in

    This year, Medicare will start negotiating lower prescription drug prices. But one Wisconsin insurance broker says people will have to wait a few years to see prices go down. The first 10 drugs to be made more affordable are widely used to treat blood clots, heart conditions, diabetes, kidney disease, arthritis and blood cancer. These…

    When will Wisconsinites see relief from high drug prices? A health insurance broker weighs in
  • Are robots taking Wisconsin jobs? Not quite, new research shows

    A new study of factories in Wisconsin and elsewhere raises fresh questions about whether increasing automation is actually putting laborers out of work. Manufacturers that use many robots tend to have more employees than facilities without robotics, according to researchers at New York University, Stanford University and the U.S. Census Bureau. “Factories that adopt robots…

    Are robots taking Wisconsin jobs? Not quite, new research shows
  • Package of bills could help formerly incarcerated return to life outside prison, corrections official says

    Wisconsin discharges thousands of incarcerated people each year. A package of bills in the state Legislature aims to expand the amount of assistance those people receive while making the transition out of prison. At the state Department of Corrections, Ray Woodruff oversees existing efforts to provide reentry assistance. The agency promoted him to the role…

    Package of bills could help formerly incarcerated return to life outside prison, corrections official says
  • Wisconsin business leaders see AI’s potential. Are companies ready?

    When Alex Peters walks through manufacturer KI’s Green Bay plant, he sees a lot of potential for how artificial intelligence could enhance the company’s machines. The northeast Wisconsin company produces furniture for offices and schools. KI manufactured its first product, a metal folding chair, in 1941, and moved to Wisconsin from Illinois four years later.…

    Wisconsin business leaders see AI’s potential. Are companies ready?
  • Wisconsin receives regional tech hub designation from the federal government

    Wisconsin will receive a regional tech hub designation from the federal government focused on the state’s growing biohealth sector, with President Joe Biden saying he thinks work being done in the state will save lives. The Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub aims to make the state a “global leader” in personalized medicine, a health care approach…

    Wisconsin receives regional tech hub designation from the federal government
  • Wisconsin manufacturers less pessimistic about the economy this year, but still face stresses

    Wisconsin manufacturers are less pessimistic about the economy than last year and remain optimistic about their companies, but workforce challenges continue to be a top concern even as inflation and supply chain worries lessen. That’s according to a new report from the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, a public-private partnership that connects companies with…

    Wisconsin manufacturers less pessimistic about the economy this year, but still face stresses