Area manufacturers encouraged by President-elect Trump


PULASKI, Wis. (WBAY) — Some manufacturers in northeast Wisconsin feel President-elect Donald Trump’s intervention in Indiana with Carrier Corp. is a good sign for our state.

“All manufacturing is going to see some up tick in the next few years,” says Marquis Yachts V.P. of Operations Paul Liss.

He feels a President with a business background can only help businesses like his in Pulaski.

Liss feels if President-elect Trump takes the same approach to the manufacturing industry in Wisconsin as he did Thursday in Indiana, there could be less jobs lost in the Badger State.

“I think we have to look at anything that will incentivize businesses to remain here. Obviously the bottom line dollar is always going to influence that,” he says.

Ann Franz with the N.E.W. Manufacturing Alliance says any manufacturer looking to grow or move to a state like Wisconsin can gain confidence in that decision if state and even federal leaders show support.

“Any administration that is going to speak loudly about the value of industry being here in the US is going to speak volumes to industry,” Franz says.

Franz also points out that in our area, manufacturers are more likely to stay and expand than take jobs to other states or country. She says that’s because of Wisconsin’s pool of skilled workers.

Liss says that’s one reason Marquis Yachts is expanding.

“We definitely have a need for [skilled labor],” he says. “Right now we’re looking for between 75 and 100 people to come here.”

Liss says because of the business climate in Wisconsin and promising signs about federal support from President-elect Trump, he feels businesses will prosper and their company will be able to fill those positions soon.