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— Dick Leinenkugel said he has “frugal” travel tastes Friday as he was introduced as the state’s next Commerce secretary.
Leinenkugel, 50, is the vice president of sales and marketing the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co. and a fifth generation brewer. He replaces Jack Fischer, who stepped down this summer following reports of the expenses he initially charged taxpayers while on a trade mission.
Leinenkugel vowed to handle trade mission expenses within state policies and credited his father for instilling his frugal tastes for travel.
“Certainly I am going to be one of those people who will be very frugal but … is going to do what is best for the state,” Leinenkugel said.
Leinenkugel said he is excited for the opportunity to give back to the state that has provided him and his family with so much, but added that it was a “bittersweet day” as he leaves his family’s business after 21 years.
Read more about Leinenkugel and listen to his introductory press conference:
— The embers in the Dairyland Power Cooperative coal ash controversy in southwest Wisconsin have been relatively cool this summer, but columnist Gregg Hoffmann expects them to rekindle some time this fall.
Dairyland officials aren’t giving any specific dates, but they are expected to choose a proposed landfill site for the ash in the upcoming weeks.
Opponents to the landfill in Vernon County have been gearing up for the next round in the fight. HOPE (Harmony Township Opposing Pollution of the Environment) and ARCH (Asbury Ridge Community for Hope) have kept the heat on as much as possible in opposition to any of the three sites reportedly under consideration for the landfill site.
Read a new column from Hoffmann on the situation:
— Lab Safety Supply, based in Janesville, recently purchased Highsmith Co. in Fort Atkinson, and has filed a notice with the state that approximately 86 Highsmith employees will not be offered continued employment and will be permanently laid off on Nov. 1.
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U.S. Seizes Mortgage Giants: In its most dramatic market intervention in years, the U.S. government seized two of the nation’s largest financial companies, taking direct responsibility for firms that provide funding for around three-quarters of new home mortgages.
Wisconsin disaster aid tops $90 million: More than $90.3 million in state and federal disaster assistance has been approved for Wisconsin residents affected by June and July severe storms and flooding, according to federal officials. Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said the disaster aid total represents assistance to public entities as well as grants and low-interest loans to individuals and business owners.
Back to work for Harley after party: Now that thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts who rode to Milwaukee for the company’s 105th anniversary have roared out of town, it’s back to business for Harley-Davidson Inc. Despite the goodwill and publicity generated by the company’s 105th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend, the harsh reality for the company is that a weak economy continues to dampen motorcycle sales.
Dick Leinenkugel named to lead Commerce department: Richard “Dick” Leinenkugel, an executive with the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Co., has been appointed by Gov. Jim Doyle as the secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce. Leinenkugel, 50, will begin serving Sept. 29, replacing Jack Fischer, who resigned the post in July amid a controversy related to his travel expenses as Commerce secretary.
Drug manufacturer to build plant in Verona: Groundbreaking is tentatively scheduled Oct. 1 for SAFC’s building at 1101 Kettle Moraine Trail in the Verona Technology Park. The $30 million project will include a 45,000-square-foot manufacturing building that will be capable of high-capacity production, said Dennis Young, SAFC director of operations. It will supplement the company’s 63,000-square-foot building at 645 Science Drive, which will continue to make active pharmaceutical ingredients used in drugs and drug-candidate compounds.
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