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."
- We take our Long Summer Weekend to Tomahawk to bring you the following stories:
We talk to the Tomahawk School District superintendent and a parent about how the district is getting input from the community regarding an application for a state grant for security upgrades in their school.
We'll show you how the Tomahawk Clay Busters youth team is teaching kids trap shooting and gun safety at an early age.
And the Tomahawk police chief is staying loyal to the Pittsburgh Steelers even here in Packer country. We'll show you how the avid Steelers fan exhibits his support for his team and talk to him about how it's being received by the community and his wife...who is a Cowboys fan.
We'll bring you the details on these stories and more on our Long Summer Weekend tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live,
MADISON - Wisconsin Elections Commission staff plan to hire a half-dozen new employees and upgrade software to bolster election security.
The commission received a $7 million federal grant in March to upgrade security after Russian actors tried to access a state Department of Workforce Development system before the 2016 election.
Staff told the commission Thursday that the Department of Administration has approved hiring six new four-year security positions, including an information technology project manager, an elections security trainer and a voting systems specialist.
MADISON - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift overseas ballot restrictions to avoid a legal battle.
The U.S. Department of Justice warned earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
Federal law allows all overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically and submit back-up ballots. Assembly Republicans passed a bill that would have aligned Wisconsin's statutes with the federal law but the measure died in April after Senate Republicans added language limiting special legislative elections.
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