Wisconsin's Economy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. Doyle says Wisconsin's manufacturing sector is struggling, but can remain a mainstay of the state's economy with the right kind of help from government.

Doyle told reporters Tuesday before touring Kohler Company pottery facilities that officials are focused on trying to make sure Wisconsin stays a strong base of manufacturing.

The governor is scheduled to serve as host of a manufacturing summit today in Milwaukee to push his "Grow Wisconsin" plan.

That plan is designed to bring labor, business and economic leaders together to develop public and private strategies to support manufacturing, agriculture, tourism and other state industries.

It includes a program that uses the university system and the state Department of Commerce to help with training, consulting and technology in retooling industry.

There is $1 million in this year's state budget set aside for state loans to assist manufacturers and businesses in areas heavily affected by plant closings.

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