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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, October 27, 2016
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DWD Secretary Allen, DFI Secretary Roberts Highlight Manufacturing Month, Wisconsin Fast Forward at Teel Plastics in Baraboo

BARABOO – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen and Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) Lon Roberts toured Baraboo-based Teel Plastics, Inc., the recipient of Wisconsin Fast Forward (WFF) worker training grant funding to equip employees with in-demand skills.

The visit also highlighted Manufacturing Month, which Governor Scott Walker proclaimed for October to highlight the positive impact that the manufacturing industry has on the state's economy.

"Teel Plastics is a true Wisconsin success story, and workers and communities across the area are reaping the economic rewards from the company's focus on innovative training and commitment to up-skilling their talent," DWD Secretary Allen said. "Additionally, by connecting high school students with workplace experiences using Wisconsin Fast Forward funding, Teel Plastics is helping the next generation of workers develop skills that will serve them well throughout their chosen careers."

Teel Plastics has been awarded or been part of two WFF worker training grants:

On October 19, Governor Walker announced the release of a WFF Manufacturing Grant Program Announcement (GPA), urging Wisconsin employers and workforce partners to submit innovative and collaborative customized training grant applications for up to $400,000 to up-skill manufacturing industry workers. The deadline to apply is December ,7 2016.

During the tour, DFI Secretary Roberts stressed the importance of the manufacturing industry to the state's financial sector.

"The health of the manufacturing sector can have an impact on the financial stability of our banking and credit unions industries," Secretary Roberts said. "In addition, when manufacturers expand their operations and add jobs in Wisconsin, this can have a positive impact on the local economies, which by extension gives our banks and credit unions more opportunities to sell their products and services to consumers. And that's good for the Wisconsin economy."

In February, Teel Plastics received the prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

Under Governor Walker's leadership, throughout the month of October, DWD is coordinating the planning and promotion of many of the month's events in partnership with the Department of Revenue, Department of Public Instruction, Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center and other stakeholders.

For more information on Manufacturing Month, visit wmc.org/programs/manufacturing-month/. For more information on Wisconsin Fast Forward, visit WisconsinFastForward.com.