The Business Journal has an interesting story with Tim Sullivan’s thoughts on the state of manufacturing in Wisconsin — and his viewpoint on a related issue near and dear to his heart: worker training.

The piece includes this reference to South Milwaukee:

Sullivan noted that Bucyrus, which was purchased by Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Inc. in a deal that closed last year, set up a plant in Kilgore, Texas, in 2009 because it struggled to find welders to fill open jobs. The plant now employs about 200 welders.

“Those 200 jobs should be here in Milwaukee. We spent $250 million renovating and expanding a (Bucyrus) plant in South Milwaukee that we couldn’t fill because we couldn’t find the work force.”

Check out the story here.

And check out these headlines from around the South Shore:

Also, State Sen. Chris Larson has published a new Larson Report. The headline: Education is the Backbone of Our Community.

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