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New North Working together drives businesses forward

In the New North, partnership defines the mission. Among the region’s accomplishments are the creation of a region-wide map of businesses serving Defense Department heavyweights Oshkosh Corp. and Marinette Marine, the formation of a partnership between outdoor equipment manufacturer Ariens Co. and a local high school job training program.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING: Driven by technology, diversity & service

Manufacturing drives Wisconsin's economy, with about 16 percent of all working adults employed in the industry. Advanced manufacturing, in particular, utilizes the latest technology to drive growth and meet customers' needs.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS: Web-based platform sets Global Freight Source apart

Milwaukee-based Global Freight Source, a transportation management services firm, manages $40 million in sales with a staff of 26 people.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS: BCP Transportation’s simple plan is working

Nancy Spelsberg didn’t intend to purchase a trucking company, but looking back she’s glad she made the decision to purchase BCP Transportation in Deerfield three years ago.

TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS: Ports play a key role in moving wisconsin’s...

When you think about transportation in Wisconsin, roads and rails might jump to mind. But the state’s 20 commercial ports more than carry their weight in the transportation economy, moving over $7 billion worth of goods annually.

FINANCIAL & INSURANCE SERVICES: At Secura, wellness drives success

There are a lot of unknowns in running an insurance company. Take, for example, weather. Mother Nature can make a big difference between having a good year and a not-so-good year.

FINANCIAL & INSURANCE SERVICES: Innovation drives Acuity forward

Riding past Acuity's headquarters off Interstate 43 in Sheboygan, passersby can't miss seeing the company's growth. Acuity, a property and casualty insurer that operates in 22 states, is in the midst of a $130 million, 240,000-square-foot addition. When finished in 2016, the company's corporate headquarters will double in size and house a 65-foot ferris wheel and a 2,000-person theater-in-the-round for companywide meetings.

FINANCIAL & INSURANCE SERVIES: Northwestern Mutual tower reshapes Milwaukee skyline

The Milwaukee skyline will take on a whole new look during the next few years as Northwestern Mutual constructs its new 32-story downtown tower.

FINANCIAL & INSURANCE SERVICES: The quiet giant of Wisconsin’s economy

Insurance companies definitely feel at home in Wisconsin. The state is fourth in the nation for the number of companies, with nearly 250 life, health, and property casualty organizations headquartered here.

ADVANCED MANUFATURING: Alliant Energy invests in the environment

Alliant Energy prides itself on the delivery of safe, reliable energy to over 600 communities in central and southern Wisconsin. With the help of its 1,800 in-state employees, the company is executing a number of projects to protect the environment, enhance reliable service and minimize costs for its customers.

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