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Take Five: WMC’s Manley rips Obama’s new carbon regulations

Take Five: WMC’s Manley rips Obama’s new carbon regulations

Proposed federal rules that would administratively establish a cap-and-trade plan to limit carbon emissions has drawn the ire of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, which predicts devastating impacts on Wisconsin’s economy, particularly manufacturing, if the rules become final.

Automation Components gives back in good times and bad

Automation Components gives back in good times and bad

Troy Schwenn started Middleton’s Automation Components, Inc., with two partners in 1991 while the nation was in the grip of a stubborn recession. They were young men in their 20s, and their employees averaged a green-as-grass 21 years of age.

Techline retains local ties despite Waunakee plant closure

Techline retains local ties despite Waunakee plant closure

Founded by Marshall Erdman in the 1960s, Techline became a highly regarded local manufacturer of medical and modular casework, contract and office furniture, office systems, and commercial cabinets. When he launched the company, Erdman, a Madison architect and colleague of Frank Lloyd Wright, insisted that he wanted only the best for his Techline clients: high-end furniture and cabinetry made of only the finest materials.

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Inside Peek: Ale Asylum

This week, IBTV interviews Hathaway Dilba, co-founder and director of promotions for Ale Asylum, a craft brewery and tasting room in Madison. Ale Asylum recently built and moved into a new location that will provide extensive expansion opportunities for the company's yearly and seasonal craft beers. With a focus on hoppy beers, Ale Asylum produces craft beers like the popular Hopalicious, an American pale ale; Ambergeddon, an amber beer; and Contorter Porter.

IBTV Inside Peek: Evco Plastics

IBTV Inside Peek: Evco Plastics

Many travelers have seen Evco's building along I-94/39 while heading north toward the Dells. This week, we visit with Dale Evans, president of Evco Plastics, to learn more about the business. Evco was founded by Dale’s parents in their basement and has grown into a global custom plastic injection molder of thermoplastic resins with mold design and mold building. The company has 10 manufacturing facilities located throughout the U.S., China, and Mexico; employs over 800 people; and operates 140 injection molding presses ranging from 28 to 3,300 tons. Among the markets it serves are medical, industrial, consumer, and office products.

IBTV Inside Peek: Trachte Building Systems

IBTV Inside Peek: Trachte Building Systems

This week IBTV goes behind the scenes to learn more about Trachte Building Systems of Sun Prairie. The company has been manufacturing steel buildings since its founding over 100 years ago. Over time, Trachte has gone from manufacturing steel Quonset huts and completely self-contained fast-food restaurants to designing and manufacturing steel self-storage buildings. The company markets to investors around the world interested in owning a self-storage facility.

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