Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Two Northwoods Companies Expand with Help from Jobs AgencySubmitted: 04/26/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


CRANDON - A quarter million new jobs- that's what the Governor promises by the end of his first term.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation wants to help create them, and local companies are taking advantage of the effort.

The WEDC loaned two Crandon companies hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Hometown Trolley recently finished a 20,000 square foot expansion, and Infinity Wood Floors opened a manufacturing location in Crandon in January.

The two companies are bringing 77 new jobs to the area. That's a lot of jobs for the city, but 250,000 jobs is still a ways off. WEDC CEO Reed Hall thinks it's still a realistic goal.

"I do. And we're going to do whatever's in our power to make that number come true. One of the things I think helps us, is I think Wisconsin is right on the edge of a turn-around. I think we have a very stable political environment, or much more stable than it was in 2010, 2011," says Hall.

Hall also thinks the regulatory environment is better than it was in the past. He points to housing and auto sales as indicators of a turn-around.

Hall says economic development in the Northwoods presents unique challenges.

"The timber industry here is so very, very critical. Certainly tourism is so very critical to this area. Broadband issues are sort of unique here too because we don't always have enough broadband capability. I think we need to concentrate on the timber industry specifically," says ," says Hall.

Hall says they'll hold a conference this summer to promote getting more timber harvested from the national forests.

He wouldn't name specific companies, but Hall did say the WEDC is working with other businesses in the area.



Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

WISCONSIN - Coyotes become more active and territorial this time of year.

That's because it's breeding season for the animals.

The DNR hopes people will take steps to avoid interactions with coyotes.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - Vilas County's courthouse expansion could look a little different and sit in a different spot than previously agreed upon, but those changes could save close to a million dollars and speed up construction.  Tuesday, a county committee agreed that's a good path to take.

+ Read More

EAGLE RIVER - Every year, Vilas County replaces a handful of its old sheriff's department squads cars. But instead of junking the used cars, some end up with new life in other county departments.  This year, the sheriff's department is swapping out seven cars for new Ford Explorers.

+ Read More

MADISON - The state Assembly has approved a bill that would push the start of Wisconsin's wolf hunt back if the federal government allows the season to resume.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Nearly 150 lakes, rivers, and creeks in Oneida County contain some type of invasive species. That's why 12 counties in northern Wisconsin have come together to hold the Fifth Northwoods' Invasive Species Poster Contest.

+ Read More

MADISON - The state Senate has approved a bill that would give libraries more power to collect fines for overdue materials.

The measure would create exceptions to privacy laws protecting borrowers' identities so libraries could report them to collection agencies and police.

+ Read More

IRMA - Each year, mushers and their dogs make their way to Duluth for the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon.

Maratha Schouweiler from Lincoln County has run the mid-distance race for the last nine years. 

This year, she made history as she became the first woman to win back-to-back Beargrease mid-distance races.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here