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Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Tours Generac Power Systems for Manufacturing Month

Where it’s made matters.

By - Oct 24th, 2016 02:13 pm

EAGLE, WI. Oct. 24, 2016— Throughout October, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is joining more than a dozen state agencies and other partners in celebrating Manufacturing Month to promote manufacturing, manufacturing careers and manufacturing education.

As part of Manufacturing Month, WEDC officials toured Generac Power Systems’ facility in Eagle today and had the opportunity to meet with the company’s employees, learn more about the opportunities and challenges that manufacturers face, and see firsthand what has made the company a success. Among those visiting the facility were Senator Stephen Nass, Representative Cody Horlacher and WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark R. Hogan.

Generac is a global leader in the manufacture of power products including portable, residential, commercial and industrial generators. The company got its start in a rented garage in Wales, Wisconsin, in 1959 and is now traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Generac has Wisconsin manufacturing facilities located in Whitewater, Eagle, Jefferson, Berlin and Oshkosh, as well as its world headquarters in Waukesha.

“From Wales to Wall Street, Generac’s growth has been fostered by a commitment to quality and innovation, but our employees are the heart and soul of the company,” says Generac SVP of Global Operations Tim Hearden. “Generac takes pride in designing and manufacturing our products in Wisconsin, where traditional Midwestern values help to drive our success.”

Earlier this year, Generac joined WEDC’s “Made In Wisconsin” Program, which provides Wisconsin’s companies with a new tool—an official “Made In Wisconsin” logo—to help market the origin and quality of their products.

“Wisconsin has a long, rich history of manufacturing with companies such as Generac,” said Secretary Hogan. “We are pleased to support Generac through our Made In Wisconsin Program and have the opportunity to celebrate their efforts in manufacturing.”

The Made In Wisconsin Program complements the Wisconsin Department of Trade, Agriculture and Consumer Protection’s Something Special From Wisconsin™ Program, offering companies two ways to show their state pride.

About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit www.inwisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

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