SCHOFIELD - Those metal mushroom-shaped air vents on top of restaurants need to come from somewhere.
In many cases, they're from right here in north-central Wisconsin.
And the people who make them do it pretty well.
"We manufacture products that relate to the movement of air. Cooling it, tempering it, cleaning it," says Jim McIntyre, Greenheck's CEO.
While Greenheck makes products for industries all over the world, they're now Wisconsin's top manufacturer.
The Schofield company was picked as the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year last week.
"This award came to Greenheck Fan, I believe, because of the great work that our employees do on a day-to-day basis," McIntyre says.
Not only is Greenheck really big - between here and the Mosinee location, 15 buildings and 1,800 employees - they're also really good at what they do.
They won the same award back in 2004.
So what's the secret?
"It's a very progressive company in terms of the leading cutting edge in terms of product. But more importantly, we do business the old-fashioned way by taking care of the customer. The customer comes first," says McIntyre.
Some manufacturers have struggled in this part of the state over the past few years.
But Greenheck wouldn't want to be anywhere else.
"First of all, we have access to great employees with a strong work ethic that really care about our customers, and secondly, we have a support network in the community that helps us train and educate, and be progressive in our thinking."
RHINELANDER - On Thursday night, two of three candidates made the case for why they should become Rhinelander's next mayor. A panel of media members, including Newswatch 12's own Ben Meyer, questioned the candidates for an hour, live on WXPR.
The two candidates at the forum argued between the power of a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience.
HARSHAW - Rhinelander charter school students mixed in math with science, social studies, and reading projects on Thursday.
Northwoods Community Elementary School hosted parents to show off their work. Some classes did the math to plot out a vegetable garden. Others did research on Wisconsin counties and planned a weeklong trip there.
"I added decimals to count up all my rates for my bills, all the admissions to state parks, and renting," explained Oceana Patulski, who did a project on Door County.
MADISON - The state Assembly has put the final stamp of approval on a plan to close Wisconsin's troubled youth prison.
The chamber passed an $80 million juvenile justice overhaul plan unanimously Thursday that calls for closing the prison outside Irma by 2021 and replacing it with smaller regional facilities. The measure now goes to Gov. Scott Walker.
MADISON - The Wisconsin State Patrol says it saw more drugged drivers on the roads and had a significant increase in drug arrests from 2016 to 2017.
Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the State Patrol saw a 20 percent increase in drug arrests during that time period, with fewer than 2,900 arrests in 2016 to more than 3,400 last year. A drug arrest involves the possession of illegal narcotics or paraphernalia.
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