FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         
July 28, 2017

For more information contact:
Rep. Jim Steineke (608) 266-2401
Rep. John Nygren (608) 266-2343
Rep. John Macco (608) 266-0485
Rep. David Steffen (608) 266-5840

Why is Senator Hansen Turning His Back on Manufacturing?

MADISON – Following news that a major employer will be investing billions in creating thousands of jobs in Wisconsin, four representatives from northeast Wisconsin are pushing back on recent comments made by state Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay):

“With a planned investment of $10 billion and an opportunity for as many as 13,000 jobs to be created right here in Wisconsin, it’s beyond appalling to see Senator Hansen turn his back on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our state. I’m disappointed to see that Senator Hansen has abandoned blue collar workers and American-made products,” said Representative Steineke.

“One need look no further than the shipyards and foundries in Marinette or the paper manufacturers scattered throughout the area to see that our area’s economy thrives on manufacturing," noted Rep. Nygren. "To argue that our state has no future in manufacturing products for today's economy, is beyond insulting to businesses and workers around Wisconsin.”

“The ignorance that exists from the Senator from Green Bay is remarkable,” said Rep. Macco. “My phone has been ringing non-stop since the Foxconn announcement from educational and business leaders from my district who are exhilarated by the opportunities that will come from this deal. It’s sad that has-been leaders can’t see the benefit to Northeast Wisconsin from this deal.”

“It’s a shame that Senator Hansen doesn’t understand that beyond the jobs created directly by this new employer, there will be countless other economic and employment benefits that will be felt across the state, including in northeast Wisconsin,” said Rep. Steffen. “To think that someone would actively cheer against this type of economic growth is insane.”