Governor tours Field Logic
Monday morning, Walker kicked off the day at Field Logic in Superior.
The nationally recognized sporting goods manufacturer got its start in 1997 and now employs more than 100 people between two facilities in Superior
The first facility on Connors Point opened in 2001 with 20 employees
“I think it was great,” said owner Larry Pulkrabek of the governor’s visit and tour of the Poplar Avenue facility. “Anytime you can have some of the top political minds coming out and taking a look and giving them our two cents, that’s great, but more important just show them what we do.”
Walker said the tour was his opportunity to see some of the “cool things” made right here in Wisconsin.
“What you have here is a hidden jewel,” Walker said following the tour. “I appreciate your presence here and growing here. It’s good to see the lines gearing up for another (hunting) season in 2014.”
Field Logic Inc. manufactures a variety of three-dimensional targets and other gear for archery enthusiasts. It was named “Business of the Year” at the annual Wisconsin Business Conference sponsored by the Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board in May.
“This ties into the importance of manufacturing,” Walker said. “Wisconsin has by far the highest percentage of its economy dependent on manufacturing.” He said Wisconsin and Indiana are the top two states in the country.
“It’s truly important for us to continue to put a focal point on manufacturing in the state,” the governor said
Walker said that’s why his administration introduced tax credits for manufacturers, which went into effect last year.
“By 2016, it effectively wipes out almost all of the tax liability,” Walker said.
He said that gives manufacturers the revenue to invest in new equipment and create jobs.
“If we’re taking less money down in Madison … overwhelmingly manufacturers are going to put that money into new equipment, the latest innovations and growing here,” Walker said.
“They’re doing a lot of good things right now,” Pulkrabek said of the state. “The tax credits and stuff they’re doing is going to make it easier for us to grow. We’re not backed by a financial group. We’re backed by the individuals who started the company … our growth is based on what we have for cash.”
In addition, Walker said his administration is putting about $100 million into worker training to ensure employers can hire qualified individuals.
Walker said now the challenge is preparing workers for the jobs that are available.
Among the ideas he plans to unveil next weeks is a proposal to help people with disabilities find jobs by focusing on their abilities.
Walker also stopped at 5 Point Fabrication in Green Bay, Wis., later in the day, on his trek to gather good news for his State of the State address Jan. 22.