RHINELANDER - Monday, Rhinelander's new Printpack facility started looking more like an actual plant.
"This is exciting. They just started this morning and you can see the progress they've made already. Once the panels come in, they'll move really quickly and you'll start to see the walls go around the entire building," says Jeremy Van Camp, the Human Resources Manager at Printpack.
The first of more than a hundred huge concrete wall panels went up at the new Printpack facility in Rhinelander on Monday.
It's a step toward making the property look less like a construction site - and more like a manufacturing plant.
"The panels are made in Wisconsin. They're a pre-cast concrete panel. They've got two inches of Styrofoam on the back. They set the panel in place. They're pre-colored, so we never need to paint or anything. They'll finish out windows and all that kind of stuff later on," says Van Camp.
The panels are made in the Milwaukee suburb of Germantown.
Starting Tuesday, eight truckloads a day will make their way from southeastern Wisconsin to Rhinelander.
The new Printpack plant should have these concrete panels up before you know it, and the best news of all, construction is way ahead of schedule.
The builders hope to turn over the reins to Printpack June 30th of this summer.
"The building is eight bays wide and eight bays deep, structurally, and we are on about the sixth bay deep, eighth bay across mark, so we're a little more than three-quarters done structurally," says Van Camp.
Current Printpack employees are eager to see the site.
Once the roof is done, in about three weeks, builders will host employees under the new structure to check things out.
Several Republican senators, including Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin), have said they're not ready to vote.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) says he supports Johnson on this.
"We've given Senator Johnson some suggestions," Walker said. "I think he wants to vote for it, he made the promise when he ran in '10 and then last year in 2016 that he would vote to repeal it, he wants to do that, he just wants to make sure that the repeal ultimately ends up serving the people of Wisconsin well."
Both Democratic and Republican senators say they have issues with the bill.
Some Republicans say the bill doesn't get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act.
Democrats worry about Medicaid cuts.
Walker says he wants Wisconsin to continue to do what it does well in healthcare.
"What I've asked Senator Johnson is help us do the things we've been successful at," Walker said. "We're a top ten state when it comes to access for healthcare for citizens, we're a top ten state with the quality of our healthcare systems. We want to maintain that going forward."
On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office said the new bill would cause 22 million Americans to be uninsured.
Johnson put out a statement Tuesday saying he was glad there won't be a vote this week.
WAUSAU - Drugs led to four arrests and one death in north-central Wisconsin on Monday.
The Marathon County Sheriff's Office reports a 37-year-old Shawano man died after apparently overdosing on methamphetamine.
Witnesses say 37-year-old Lucas Groshek and his wife, Carolyn, were shaking and convulsing in a car in the eastern Marathon County town of Norrie. Mr. Groshek died before getting to the hospital. Mrs. Groshek, 33, is in stable condition as of Tuesday afternoon.
RHINELANDER - Three decades-old signs greet people coming into Rhinelander from various sides. But if you drive past them every day, you likely don't even notice them. Rhinelander wants to make sure those old signs stand out.
WAUSAU - Many of us try to honor our veterans whenever we can.
Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) added one more way.
The Governor visited several veteran-owned businesses across the state Tuesday for Veteran-Owned Business Day.
Tuesday afternoon he stopped at Prosthetic Orthotic Center in Wausau.
He says veteran-owned businesses are good for other veterans and the economy.
"We found statistically that veterans are about 30 percent more likely to hire fellow veterans as employees," Walker said. "So it's good all the way around."
If you are a veteran-owned business, you can register with the state at WisVets.com
That way you can get a decal that says Wisconsin Veteran-Owned for your business window or door.
You also get listed in a state veteran-owned business directory.
"We're branding it, letting the public know that businesses that are owned by veterans, letting them know whether it's in a sign in their window or whether it's on the website, or other ways that we can draw attention," Walker said.
About 390,000 veterans live in Wisconsin, and about 11 percent of the state's businesses are veteran-owned.
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