Gov. Walker visits Superior Lidgerwood Mundy Corp.

By KBJR News 1

August 11, 2014 Updated Aug 12, 2014 at 6:59 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) -- One day before the primary elections, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker stopped in Northwestern Wisconsin to visit the Superior Lidgerwood Mundy Corporation.

The company manufactures parts from deck machinery for military and commercial marine markets and also machinery for bakeries.

"It's a very diverse company, good reflection of the manufacturing industry we have in the state," said Gov. Scott Walker.

Gov. Walker got a tour of the facilities as he visited with workers about how the parts are made.

He said the manufacturing sector is a crucial part of the state's economy.

"Because of our reforms we have gone from losing 133,000 jobs to gaining more than 100,000 jobs, from losing more than 27,000 businesses to gaining 23,000 new businesses, and that ranking where we were once in the bottom ten, we are now ranked 14 in the country," said the Governor.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at 5.7 percent compared to 6.2 percent nationally.

Gov. Walker said he has been working with colleges across the state to help provide manufactures with an educated work force, which is something business owners say they need.

"Having enough people and having them stay in this area is very critical to our future," said Kent Philips, President of Superior Lindgerwood Mundy Corp.

While Lidgerwood is a small business which employs about 50 people, Kent said they have been working with area colleges to help retain that workforce.

"We have a lot of engineering interns inside of our company." said Philips. "We've worked closely with WITC on a variety of shop levels with guys on our shop floor and our welding department; and they have helped us in a lot of ways."

Tuesday will determine which democratic candidate Walker will face in the November general election, either Mary Burke or Brett Hulsey.

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