The Week in Review
Commitment to the
This week, I continued an initiative I began at the start of session; to
tour local companies that have a direct impact on our economy.
Monday morning, I toured Nucor Cold Finish located in Oak Creek. The company
is the largest steel producer in the United States providing material to
companies across the country, from the agriculture industry to firearm
manufacturers and a variety in between.
Nucor has been located in Oak Creek for several years providing more than 70
jobs to local employees. Plant manager, Edwin Garcia, explained the company
puts potential employees through a rigorous interview process to
ensure they hire the best possible candidates. Nucor believes it’s important
to hire hard workers dedicated to their job and their community; in exchange
the company pays workers an average of $30 per hour.
I had an opportunity to meet with the employees during my visit to discuss
the important steps Wisconsin is taking to continue bolstering our
manufacturing industry. There are various programs like Fast Forward, and
encouraging youth to get involved through the use of Fab Labs, like the one at
South Milwaukee High School.
Nucor is a great steward for our
area providing high-quality employment, excellent wages and commitment to
the community. I’m excited to see what’s in store for the future of Nucor as
they continue to invest in Oak Creek.
After wrapping up at Nucor I was given the opportunity to visit
Mitchell International Airport for a tour led by the new Airport Director, Izzy Bonilla.
Izzy is new to Milwaukee, previously serving as director to airports in
Florida and Puerto Rico. He explained his vision for the airport to increase
efficiency, grow revenue and bring in more international airlines to benefit
passengers. The airport recently expanded international flight options to
The airport was first established in 1920 by a local business owner and was
later purchased by Milwaukee County. The airport has since developed into a
primary hub for Wisconsin and residents in the northern Chicago area.
The airport generates millions of dollars in revenue each year and provides
hundreds of jobs to local residents.
Additionally, a portion of the airport property is
located in Oak Creek.
During the tour I met with air traffic controllers and others with complex
roles that ensure airport operations are efficient and safe, including Tom,
a resident from the 21st Assembly District.
Tom is an engineer and master electrician. He has an important role ensuring
the functionality of a variety of equipment and safety features located at
the airport. One of his roles is to make sure every single light along the
runway is working properly so that planes are able to safely land upon
arrival. It was a pleasure meeting with Tom during my visit!
Near the end of the tour, we stopped by the
airport fire department to learn
about aircraft rescue and firefighting, a highly specialized form of
firefighting that requires distinct training and unique methods to battle
The vehicle pictured has a unique ability to reach high speeds far quicker
than a traditional fire truck. Attached to the top of the vehicle sits an
extendable prong that can pierce an aircraft to battle airplane fires.
The airport fire crew responds to more than 1,000 emergency calls every
year. Firefighting is a dangerous job, but I am grateful for the brave women
and men who ensure the safety of airport patrons and employees on a daily
Throughout my tours this week I was able to see firsthand the benefit these
employers provide to our district. I am truly thankful for the opportunity
to see the benefit these companies provide and to meet the hardworking women
and men that make the 21st District a great place to live!
Have a great week!
Budget Listening Session
On Thursday, April 13, from 6-7:30 pm
I will be holding an in-district budget listening session at the
South Milwaukee City Hall to hear feedback
about the governor’s budget recommendations.
The listening session will provide an opportunity for residents from the
21st Assembly District to discuss the budget and any other concerns related
to state government.
I hope to see you there!