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Effort to Increase Wisconsin Exports Announced

The Wisconsin Department of Commerce announced a collaboration with the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) last week that will seek to assist Wisconsin-based companies in marketing their products in other countries.

In 2008, Wisconsin exports amounted to $20.6 billion, which was the 18th largest total among the United States. Despite that number, 60 percent of Wisconsin’s manufacturers reported little or no progress on exporting their products.

The agreement between the Department of Commerce and WMEP will allow them to combine resources and knowledge to assist manufacturing firms to assess and develop their export potential. Competing in the global economy is essential to creating jobs and growing our state’s economy.