Some factory, farm owners would get extra tax break under Walker plan
Madison — A mostly overlooked proposal in Gov. Scott Walker's overall tax bill would cut income taxes for factory and farm owners by $128 million through June 2017, nonpartisan estimates show.
The highly technical provision in Walker's $541 million tax cut bill is more than just an accounting footnote: It would have a substantial impact on the state's budget and two major sectors of the state's economy.
Argon Industries to expand in Milwaukee
The contract manufacturer of precision sheet metal fabrications has two locations in Milwaukee County. The firm will consolidate those sites into one 128,000-square-foot location at 11500 W. Brown Deer Road. The site will provide more space for anticipated growth in its workforce in the next two years. The site is the former Dana Corp. building.
Argon Industries buys former Dana Corp. plant, will add 79 jobs
Argon Industries Inc. plans to add up to 79 jobs in coming years after it moves into larger space in the former Dana Corp. building in northwest Milwaukee, according to a press release Thursday.
Argon, a contract manufacturer of metal parts for generators, appliances and HVAC equipment, currently leases two buildings in Milwaukee County, but will consolidate into one 128,000-square-foot location that offers more space for expected growth in its work force in the next two years. Argon recently closed on the purchase of the former Dana Corp. building at 11500 W. Brown Deer Road, according to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
Argon Industries expanding in Milwaukee
MADISON, June 6, 2013 – Argon Industries, Inc., Milwaukee, is investing $4.53 million to acquire and equip a facility, positioning the company for future expansion of its Contract Manufacturing of precision sheet metal fabrications. The project is expected to create up to 79 new jobs in the coming years.
“The expansion will provide us increased production space, lower our costs with just one production facility and add capabilities that we’ve previously outsourced,” said Greg Clement, president of Argon Industries. “This expansion allows us to invest in state of the art manufacturing technologies, to better serve our employees and customers.”
Senator Alberta Darling Awarded for Job Creation Votes
MADISON – Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC) recently honored Senator Alberta Darling with the prestigious Working for Wisconsin Award at Argon Industries in Milwaukee. The award is given to legislators who stand up for jobs and improve the state’s business climate by voting 75 percent or greater in support of the pro-jobs position on the WMC legislative scorecard. WMC reports that Senator Alberta Darling voted 100 percent to support job-creating legislation.
“Senator Darling demonstrated courage and vision in voting for job creation,” said Kurt R. Bauer, WMC President/CEO. “Wisconsin witnessed the most pro-job legislature in modern state history.”
Argon's Excellence - Unipoint Quality Management Software
Argon Industries is proud to announce the addition of UniPoint Quality Management System to our wide manufacturing software array.
Quality control is vital in the running of any business. UniPoint quality management software has helped companies to automate their way into excellence. The quality checks are also used to guarantee effective customer service. The software application features sixteen quality management modules for compliance and quality management. UniPoint transforms quality management software into a continual improvement through a collaborative environment. It also helps to track the administrative costs of quality in every instance of the business. The business is also assured of effective document control in various departments.
The use of UniPoint software will ensure our customers that the product they receive is the one of the highest quality and that our production cycle is optimized to facilitate the quickest possible production turn-around.
UniPoint software embraces the principles of Argon’s Lean Manufacturing concept and allows expansion of paperless Quality System.
The NAM (National Association of Manufacturers) has a four-point plan for economic growth and jobs, which will enable the U.S. to compete and succeed in the global economy.
Goal 1: The United States will be the best place in the world to manufacture and attract foreign direct investment.
Goal 2: The United States will expand access to global markets to enable manufacturers to reach the 95 percent
of consumers who live outside our borders.
Goal 3: Manufacturers in the United States will have the workforce that the 21st-century economy requires.
Goal 4: Manufacturers in the United States will be the world’s leading innovators.
Did You Know...
- The United States is the world's largest manufacturing economy, producing 21 percent of global manufactured products. China is second at 15 percent and Japan is third at 12 percent. 1
- U.S. manufacturing produces $1.7 trillion of value each year, or 11.7 percent of U.S. GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.35 is added to the economy. 2
- Manufacturing supports an estimated 17 million jobs in the U.S.—about one in six private sector jobs. 3 Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. 4
- In 2010, the average U.S. manufacturing worker earned $77,186 annually, including pay and benefits. The average non-manufacturing worker earned $56,436 annually. 5
- U.S. manufacturers are the most productive workers in the world—far surpassing the worker productivity of any other major manufacturing economy, leading to higher wages and living standards.
- U.S. manufacturers perform two-thirds of all R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector. 6
- Taken alone, U.S. Manufacturing would be the 9th largest economy in the world. 7
1 United Nations, Statistics Division (2009).
2 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Industry Economic Accounts (2009).
3 The Facts About Modern Manufacturing(2009).
4 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
5 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Compensation of Employees by Industry and Full-Time Equivalent Employees by Industry.
6 National Science Foundation (2008).
7 U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Industry Economic Accounts (2009) and International Monetary Fund (2009).
The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) brings you several reports that highlight manufacturers' agenda for boosting growth and creating jobs. In these reports, you can find key facts and information about manufacturing in the United States, as well as important data and statistics for manufacturers. In addition, the NAM has published a Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America that lays out the policies manufacturers need to compete in the global marketplace.
Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness, which shows how the right policies and investments can lead to millions of new jobs.
Manufacturing Resurgence – A Must for U.S. Prosperity, which recommends actions to help strengthen manufacturers in America.
The Facts About Modern Manufacturing, which contains data and statistics showing the critical role of manufacturers in the U.S. economy.
Military contracts march into state
Wisconsin now ranks 16th per capita - March 10, 2011
From boots to burgers, Wisconsin companies are getting a bigger share of Department of Defense spending.
Wisconsin has risen from 48th three years ago to 16th per capita in bringing home Pentagon dollars, according to 2010 data compiled by the Wisconsin Procurement Institute in Milwaukee.
Wisconsin Economic Outlook Winter 2011
From the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Report IHS Insight, Winter 2011
The Wisconsin economy grew in 2010. Employment increased 32,600 December 2010 over December 2009. Personal income has increased four consecutive quarters through third quarter 2010. The labor market has lagged the recovery in 2010, but should gain momentum due to the improvement in domestic demand. Wisconsin employment should grow 1.3% in 2011 and 1.9% in 2012.
North American Manufacturers Concerned About Skills Shortage and Government Over-regulation
PR Web, February 26, 2011
Most North American manufacturers see the retirement of skilled workers as a key detriment to business growth over 2011-2012, according to an industry poll conducted by Global Intelligence Alliance (GIA), a global strategic market intelligence and advisory group.
Wisconsin's Export Increased 18.3% in 2010
from JSOnline, February 22, 2011
Wisconsin's exports increased 18.3% to $19.78 billion in 2010, the state Department of Commerce said Tuesday. Wisconsin now ranks as the 18th-largest exporting state, up from 21st in 2006.
State exports remain 3.8% below the peak of $20.57 billion recorded in 2008.
Exports to Canada, Wisconsin's largest international market, grew by 24.9% to $6.04 billion.