Governor Doyle: Reports Record Export Growth in 2005


Contact: Tony Hozeny, Department of Commerce, 608-267-9661
   Anne Lupardus, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2162

Since Governor Took Office, Wisconsin Exports Have Increased 40 Percent

Governor Jim Doyle announced today that Wisconsin exports increased by nearly 17.5 percent to a record $14.9 billion in 2005, as compared to a 10.6 percent national increase.  Since Governor Doyle took office, Wisconsin exports have increased by approximately 40 percent.

“Wisconsin exports have shown four straight years of incredibly strong growth, and our growth continues to surpass that of the nation,” Governor Doyle said.  “As Governor, I’m determined to build on this success and help our businesses continue to reach new markets.”

Exports to Canada, Wisconsin’s largest international market, grew by 7.85 percent to $5.24 billion.  Mexico continued as Wisconsin’s second largest export market, as exports grew 25.24 percent to $1.33 billion.   Japan took third place with an 11.42-percent increase to $695.96 million, and China again ranked fourth with a 15.51-percent increase to $673.77 million.  The United Kingdom took fifth place with a 24.27-percent increase to $642.84 million.

Industrial machinery, including computer equipment, continues to be Wisconsin’s top export commodity, growing by 15.13 percent to $5.14 billion.  Medical instruments ranked second with an increase of 22.45 percent to $2.00 billion. Electrical machinery continued in third place with a 42.07-percent increase to $1.83 billion. Transportation equipment ranked fourth with a 3.63- percent increase to $1.00 billion. Rounding out the top five was paper and paperboard, with a 13.88-percent increase to $781.94 million.

Listen to Governor Doyle talk about Wisconsin’s export growth: