Governor Walker Visits HyPro Inc. in RhinelanderSubmitted: 03/28/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas

RHINELANDER - If you look at the Wisconsin state flag, you see the arm and hammer symbol.

It represents the manufacturing industry.

Manufacturing is what brought Governor Scott Walker to the Northwoods today.

"You should also look at the bottom left hand corner on the shield there… the flag there's a symbol of manufacturing in this state," said Governor Walker.

Governor Walker talked about Wisconsin's state flag many times today.

"That's important because when you think of manufacturing you think of agriculture, those are two of the key industries that help build this state.

It's a proud part of our heritage, and our history," said Walker.

The stop at HyPro Incorporated in Rhinelander focused also on Wisconsin's state motto,"Forward."

Governor Walker says HyPro is a company doing just that.

"And this, not just this site but this company is growing. Between here, Berlin and now moving to Whitewater, we've got a company that's adding about 81 jobs. They've had tremendous growth in 2009 and we're pleased to see that it's a shining example of manufacturing that can do well," said Walker.

Governor Walker believes Wisconsin manufacturers can compete worldwide too.

"We can compete with anybody in the world. We can compete with sites in China, in Mexico in India and anywhere else, if we've got the right investments and capitol, if we've got the right technology and most importantly if we've got a skilled workforce," said Walker.

He says it's important to keep skilled workers in Wisconsin, and in companies like Wausau Paper.

A company in New York recently invested $130 million to buy Wausau Paper's two Wisconsin mills.

"It's one of those where we're going to continue to follow up on not only with Wausau paper but with their new partners, as well as reaching out to others in the union leadership and other wise just to make sure that we've got a full game plan and that we're doing everything in our power to make sure the jobs stay and ultimately grow here," said Walker.

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