Governor Doyle: Governor to Lead Delegation of Wisconsin Business & Government Leaders on Trade Mission to Mexico

Contact: Ethnie Groves, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2156


Mission Includes Meeting With President Fox, Tour of Holstein

Dairy Farm, & Groundbreaking Ceremony for Valsi/Tecumseh Plant

      Governor Jim Doyle will lead a delegation of Wisconsin business and government leaders to Mexico from March 6 to 11, 2005. Mexico is now Wisconsin’s second largest export market next to Canada.  Exports to Mexico are up 35 percent to $1.06 billion since 2003.

      “We live an increasingly connected world, and if Wisconsin wants to be competitive, we need to take advantage of growing international trade,” Governor Doyle said.  “Instead of sending our jobs to Mexico, our focus should be selling more Wisconsin-made products to Mexico. That’s what this trip is all about.”

      Accompanying Governor Doyle on the trade mission are Secretary of Commerce Mary Burke and Secretary of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Rod Nilsestuen, as well as various Wisconsin business leaders.  A complete list of mission participants can be found at:

      The Governor’s office also launched today a special interactive homepage for the Mexico Trade Mission as part of the Governor’s website –  The page allows Wisconsin school children to follow along as the Governor meets with President Fox and travels throughout Mexico.  It includes descriptions of what the Governor is doing, information so students can learn about Mexico, and features an interactive map.  It will be updated with photos and other announcements as the trip progresses.

      During the Mexico Trade Mission, Governor Doyle will hold two conference calls with Wisconsin reporters to discuss meetings, company visits, and accomplishments.  At 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 7, 2005, Governor Doyle will hold a conference call with reporters to discuss his meeting with the President of Mexico Vicente Fox, and Mexican environmental officials.  At 7:45 a.m. on Friday, March 11, 2005, Governor Doyle will hold a conference call with reporters to discuss the accomplishments of the Mexico Trade Mission. 

      Reporters interested in participating in the conference call must contact Ethnie Groves in the Governor’s Office at 608-261-2156 to obtain the call-in number and conference code.  Reporters interested in photographs of the Governor’s public events should contact the Associated Press Mexico Bureau. 

      NOTE: Mexico is in the same time zone as Wisconsin so all times are in Central Time. 

      Governor Doyle’s Events in Mexico from March 6 to 11, 2005:

      Monday, March 7 – Mexico City

          10:30 a.m.      Meeting with Mexican Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Director of International Affairs, and Director of the Mexican Water Commission

          1:00 p.m.               Meeting with Mexican President Vicente Fox

          4:00 p.m.               Conference Call with Reporters to Discuss Meeting with the Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Mexican Environmental Officials

          Tuesday, March 8 – Mexico City

          9:00 a.m.               Meeting with Mexican Secretary of the Economy

          10:45 a.m.              Visit to the Ansul Company

                      Avenida Presidente Juarez 2007 Lote. 6
                      Col. San Jeronimo Tepetlalco
                      C.P. 54090 Tlalnepantla, Estado de Mexico

          12:20 p.m.              Tour of Harley-Davidson

                      Benjamin M. Del Campo, S.A. de C.V.
                      Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho 2170
                      CD Satelite C.P. 53100

          3:00 p.m.               Tour of FedEx Facility

                      Blvd. Manuel Avila Camacho 2170
                      CD. Satelite C.P. 53100

      Wednesday, March 9 – Guadalajara

          12:45 p.m.              Visit to El Cuatro, a Holstein Dairy Farm

                      S.A. De C.V.
                      KM 4,5 Carretera Acatic-Crucero

          5:40 p.m.               Event at the University of Guadalajara

                  Rectorate Building

                      Av. Juarez #975
                      Centro, Guadalajara, Jalisco
                      Mexico 44100

          Thursday, March 10 – Guadalajara

          1:30 p.m.               Tour of ANTAD Trade Show

                  Expo Guadalajara Convention Center

                      Centro de Convenciones
                      Av. Mariano Otero No. 1499
                      Col. Verde Valle C.P. 54560 Guadalajara, Jalisco

          2:30 p.m.               Meeting with Mexican Secretary of Agriculture

          4:45 p.m.               Tour and Groundbreaking Ceremony for Valsi/Tecumseh Plant

                      Camino a El Castillo KM 11.4
                      De la Carretera a El Castillo
                      El Salto, Jalisco

          Friday, March 11 – Guadalajara

          7:45 a.m.               Conference Call with Reporters to Discuss Accomplishments of the                                        Mexico Trade Mission

          9:00 a.m.       Meeting with Governor Ramirez of Jalisco

          10:15 a.m.              Meeting with Mayor Renoso of Tlaquepaque