Monthly Archives: June 2010

South Milwaukee High School Principal Heading to Menomonee Falls and Other Headlines of Interest …

Here is some other news of note from around the South Shore …

Also, County Supervisor Pat Jursik has published her July edition of e-News. Click here to see it.

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Bucyrus Deal Should Save South Milwaukee Jobs

Some good news about the Bucyrus International bank loan mess …

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel this afternoon:

The U.S. Export-Import Bank has agreed to reverse a decision to deny $600 million in loan guarantees for mining equipment that would be manufactured in the U.S. for a coal mine in India, saving up to 1,000 jobs, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said Wednesday.

Kohl said the bank would support the loan guarantees provided that the Indian borrower, Reliance Power Ltd., moves ahead with renewable energy projects that also could use U.S. made equipment.

Click here for the full story.

While this doesn’t keep the headquarters in South Milwaukee (see the post below), at least we can look forward to some new jobs …

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Back to Blogging: Catching up on Bucyrus and Other Topics

It’s been quite an active couple weeks for South Milwaukee.

Neighbors upset with a sex offender living near Lakeview School. A chemical leak at Grobschmidt Pool. An explosion at Appleton Electric. A serious car accident sending five people to the hospital.

Indeed, I missed quite a bit while I was on vacation at the Georgia coast. But the biggest news came from, and continues to come from, Bucyrus International.

It started with a story in The Business Journal of Milwaukee that Bucyrus would officially make the former Midwest Airlines headquarters in Oak Creek its new “home base” once it moves its senior management there later this year.

Bucyrus CEO Tim Sullivan confirmed this fact in a story by reporter Rich Rovito … and in doing so confirmed my fears when Bucyrus first announced the acquisition of the Oak Creek property in May. I laid out my concerns in this post.

Simply, the Business Journal story clearly states that South Milwaukee will no longer be able to say that we’re home the world’s largest mining equipment manufacturer. Oak Creek can now make that boast, thanks in part to the help of some tax credits.

That news was bad enough. Then came word from the Wall Street Journal that Bucyrus may lose a major order for mining machinery because olf decision by the U.S. Export-Import Bank against providing loan guarantees for the project.

More from the story:

The decision is equivalent to “throwing 1,000 jobs in the ditch,” Tim Sullivan, chief executive of the South Milwaukee, Wis., maker of mining equipment, said in an interview Friday. Bucyrus has estimated that the order would create or protect 984 jobs in 13 U.S. states.

That potentially includes hundreds in South Milwaukee, tempering any enthusiasm for the planned addition of new jobs for the city arising out of the Terex Corporation acquisition.

Of course, the story is national now, and the bank may reportedly reconsider its decision. Let’s hope so.

I link these two stories because the Export-Import Bank case proves an important point: Manufacturing jobs can come and go … in this case, perhaps thanks to the vote of two people on a three-person loan committee.

So while South Milwaukee should celebrate the potential addition of jobs to our local plant, there is only one true “home” for Bucyrus, and that is now Oak Creek.

We (maybe) gain some jobs, but lose the headquarters. That’s disappointing news … and a net loss for South Milwaukee.

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Taking a Break from Blogging … But, First, Don’t Forget About These Items

To all of the readers of the 4th District blog, thank you.

Traffic is steadily growing, and I am so grateful that people are dialing up my site to learn about what’s happening in the district and South Milwaukee.

I’m taking about 10 days off from posting, but I wanted to remind you of a few things in my absence from the blogosphere:

  • The big public works project in the 4th District remains 15th Avenue. Weather has impacted it a bit, but it’s still expected to wrap up by August 30. Check out the timeline in my previous post, and thanks again for your patience during the construction.
  • Work on resurfacing the “stub streets” off of 15th began this week.
  • Don’t forget about the South Milwaukee Downtown Market, every Thursday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. on 11th Avenue south of Bucyrus. With more than 50 vendors and a great new seating area and entertainment, we’re really picking up steam. Stop by some night … grab dinner … do some shopping … enjoy some great music and fun. Learn more at our website, and be sure to join us on Facebook.
  • Also, tell your friends about the Bucyrus International Cycling Classic on July 20. Learn more in the post below.
  • And good luck to the South Milwauke High School softball team! The Rockets play Watertown on Thursday in Madison in the first state tournament game since 1998.

We’ll talk again in late June.

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More Reasons to Come up with a Hoan Bridge Solution Soon …

The Daily Reporter has an interesting story about the crumbling Hoan Bridge and the short-term fix planned to address it.

Check it out here. From the article:

Small pieces of concrete have fallen from the Hoan Bridge, a Wisconsin Department of Transportation official said, prompting a plan to hang a net beneath the Milwaukee structure. The WisDOT plan is feeding the concerns of a Milwaukee County supervisor who wants the bridge rebuilt.

As I’ve stated before on this blog, I have taken a different view on this issue. I want to see a formal study of all options when it comes to the bridge before deciding that a simple redecking in its current footprint is what’s necessary.

However, as the bridge continues to crumble, it’s looking more and more like redecking is the only way to go. With a short-term fix needed, there may not be enough time to truly look at the long-term future of the span, and that’ s unfortunate.

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Coming July 20 … the Bucyrus International Cycling Classic!

Heritage Week is already a great time to be in South Milwaukee. Spaghetti dinner at the firehouse. Evening on the Avenue. Lionsfest. Car cruise. Heritage Days parade. Friends of the Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse Duck Race.

This year — and hopefully for many years to come — we welcome another great event: the Bucyrus International Cycling Classic.

The Classic, planned for Tuesday, July 20, promises to be a day full of competitive international cycling AND family fun.

Races begin around 10 a.m. and conclude around 8, as hundreds of cyclists, from amateurs to professionals, loop through a 2.8-mile course through the heart of downtown South Milwaukee and into the Oak Creek Parkway and Grant Park.

The start-finish line is planned for 9th and Milwaukee Avenues, and that’s where the fun continues with a special Tuesday edition of the South Milwaukee Downtown Market and a Wheaton Family Medical Group/South Shore YMCA family fun area.

Learn more in this press release, and I’ll have plenty more details in the weeks to come. Also check out our website, where you can learn more about sponsoring the race or taking part in the Downtown Market.

I also ask you to consider volunteering for the event. We need dozens, if not a hundred, volunteers to pull this off. Please consider giving a few hours of your time to help bring this wonderful day to life. Email me or comment on this post if you our your group is interested.

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More on the Plale Challenge and Other Headlines You May Be Interested in …

Here are some other headlines from around the South Shore:

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