Business & Industry

Golden Harvest To Build New Store
3:24 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

RAFP Eyeing Golden Harvest Store For New Facility

Guy Hansen(right)
Credit rhinelanderareafoodpantry.org

After eight years serving the public on Rhinelander's north side, the Rhinelander Area Food Pantry is hoping to move into the current Golden Harvest store on Coon Street.

Food Pantry Executive Director Guy Hansen says they've been looking for a new place for almost two years. The former Rueckert's grocery story is in need of about $150,000 in repairs and Hansen says another property can be found for about the same money. He says negotiations for the Golden Harvest building are nearing completion...

 

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Eighth Graders Consider Manufacturing Careers
3:31 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

"Heavy Metal" Appeals to Students

Northwoods 8th graders learn welding on the "Tour"
Credit Terry Rutlin-Nicolet College

WXPR's Ken Krall took a look at the future with some Northwoods 8th graders  at Nicolet College in Rhinelander. He took the "Heavy Metal Tour."

Not a rock band, but a job fair of sorts: the "Heavy Metal Tour" is sponsored by Nicolet College,  North Central Technical College, 27 manufacturing employers, and boards and alliances.

Rene Daniels from North Central Wisconsin Workforce Development Board says the goal is to give 8th graders a look at careers they might not have considered.

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Business & Industry
3:51 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Timber Industry Vies For Lawmaker Attention

GLPTA is bringing a harvester simulator to the state capitol, to re-create the experience of cutting down a tree.
Credit Heikki Valve

Northern timber workers are heading to the capitol Wednesday, hoping to remind lawmakers of the importance of their industry.  

Advocacy group Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is organizing the trip.  Director Henry Schoenebeck says the group plans to bus 150 people to Madison and park several logging trucks around the capitol. They’ll even bring along special virtual reality machine called a harvester operator simulator, that mimics the experience of cutting down a tree. 

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Fostering Small Businesses
4:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Vilas County to Host Business Start-Up Leaders

Officials helping  start-up businesses around the state are meeting up in Vilas County next week.  Vilas County Economic Development Corporation is hosting the quarterly meeting of the state’s Business Incubation Association Board.  Vilas County EDC Director Bob Egan says it’s a chance for the local chapter to learn from its counterparts in other cities and towns. 

“And by having these folks here – we consider it a privilege but at the same time it will allow us to draw on their expertise, and help us proceed in being successful.”

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Boosting Local Economy
10:00 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Hometown Trolley Receives Loan for Expansion

A Crandon company is getting an extra $150,000 in loans to fund an expansion.  Hometown Trolley is increasing its manufacturing capacity.  The loan comes from the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.  The agency uses money from timber sales to fund economic development projects.  Hometown Trolley already received a loan from BCPL earlier this summer.  But BCPL Executive Secretary Tia Nelson says the company asked for extra money when it revised its project costs. 

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Gathering of Industry Representatives
1:00 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Timber Industry to Hold Forth on Federal Policy

Members of the forest products industry are testifying on federal policies that affect them.  Great Lakes Timber Professionals has organized a hearing that runs all day Friday and Saturday.  The group’s Director Henry Shienebeck says the aim is to collect testimony to submit to Congress. 

“Really for our association it’s about how do we get a combined message to Washington that says, this is what happens when you do rules and regulations without completely understanding and taking the local economy into account when you do this.”

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Prospective Tourism Dollars
3:22 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Nonprofit Gathers Support for ATV Park

Nonprofit President John Schnorr says the park would accommodate more than just ATVs.
Credit Natalie Jablonski / WXPR News

A nonprofit group is working to build a 10,000 acre off-road vehicle park in Forest County.  The group says it would have a $28 million annual impact. 

President of Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Incorporated John Schnorr says it would meet a sizable demand for off-road recreation.  And he notes the park would be open year-round.

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Broadband Could Boost Business
4:48 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Broadband Gap is Educational, Not Just Structural

Laying fiber optic cable in a rural area can be difficult and expensive.
Credit Robert Ashworth

Providing broadband access is about more than just building infrastructure; education is also needed. 

That’s the message from Tithi Chattopadhyay, Broadband Chair for the state Public Service Commission.  She says people who don’t have access may not realize what they’re missing - especially when it comes to business owners. 

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Asking for More Logs
6:01 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Too Little Logging For Lumber?

Local sawmills argue there aren't enough logs being harvested in northern Wisconsin.
Credit Mike Belch

Some lumber mills in northern Wisconsin say low timber harvests from the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest are jeopardizing their businesses.  

Sue Pukall of Arbor Vitae’s Pukall Lumber says the company is sometimes forced to buy logs hauled from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, which costs about $200 extra per truckload.

“Ideally we should be able to source all the logs that we need within a 50-75 mile radius of our mill.  So when we have to go up into the UP, that’s obviously a lot further than 75 miles.”

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Northwoods growth not as rapid
3:00 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Home Sales Continue To Rise

Homes sales on the rise
Credit invest-smart.org

Home sales and prices in Wisconsin continue to rise though the Northwoods isn't rising as fast as some regions.


Economist David Clark works with the Wisconsin Realtors Association...


 



"...when you look at August, the existing state sales were up about 13 percent and that's a good solid number in a month(August) that is a pretty high-volume month...median prices were up about 6.3 percent..."

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