Gov. Walker Departs Saturday for Trade Mission to Japan, South Korea
MADISON, Wis. -- Governor Scott Walker will leave Wisconsin for an eight-day trade mission to Japan and South Korea aimed at encouraging continued foreign investment in Wisconsin
Governor Walker will lead a 22-member delegation that includes Mark R. Hogan, secretary and CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC); Katy Sinnott, vice president of International Business Development for WEDC; and 13 executives from eight Wisconsin companies.
the company executives will engage in personalized, one-on-one meetings with potential business partners coordinated by WEDC’s authorized trade representative network in each country. Governor Walker and WEDC leaders will take part in separate, private meetings with companies to discuss expansion or investment opportunities in Wisconsin. The governor also will meet with key government leaders in both countries, including Japan Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon , and Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon.
The trade mission coincides with the 49th joint meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA), which includes Japanese corporations that have direct economic ties to the Midwest or are interested in developing them. The association is chaired by Yuzaburo Mogi, honorary CEO and chairman of the board of the Kikkoman Corp., whose North American corporate headquarters is in Walworth County.
Tetsuji Ohashi, president and CEO of Komatsu Ltd., is to buy Joy Global ( wi company) for $2.9 Billion. The deal would make Komatsu and Caterpillar the two biggest players in the mining equipment market. Komatsu is a Japanese multinational corporation that manufactures construction, mining, forestry, and military equipment, as well as industrial equipment like press machines, lasers and thermoelectric generators.
The Oak Creek Wi location near the airport and interstate highway offers great access to transportation networks and allows Komatsu Mining
(Joy Global ) to provide best-in-class direct service to its customers.
With such great access to transportation you can haul / get rid of anything .
Batten airport has customs clearance. Wi has a human trafficking problem and Aurora Health does major organ transplants.
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But Iron County has: Iron ore. And therein lies the interest of the billionaires. And not just one, but three, plus Wisconsin’s ambitious Governor Scott Walker.
Charles and David Koch and their Americans for Prosperity group, This is the same group that spent $120 million plus in the 2012 election cycle supporting Republicans and are currently pouring millions into the 2014 election cycle on behalf of GOP candidates.
Koch brothers want that ore in wisconsin.
to truly understand this issue, you have to look beyond the pristine lakes of Iron County and to the state capitol where Governor Walker has a cozy relationship with pro-mining interests. After all, pro-mining groups donated over $11 million to Walker's campaign including thousands from GTAC’s Chris Cline.
So how did this relationship help GTAC? Well, in January 2013, Walker signed into a law a Republican championed pro-mining bill that was drafted with the “input” of GTAC. This law, which passed without a single Democratic vote, “dramatically” reshaped Wisconsin's mining regulations, making it easier for GTAC to secure regulatory approval.