Manufacturing

The world is advancing on the United States in terms of high-tech science and engineering talent. If the U.S. is going to retain its technological and competitive edges, it must move beyond its skill and drill approach to education and leverage the power of computer...

The French hybrid-battery unit of Johnson Controls has entered a contract to develop a plug-in, lithium-ion battery that can be recharged from a standard household electrical outlet. The plug-in will be developed for a Saturn hybrid vehicle manufactured by General Motors. ...

Wisconsin made moderate progress as a “Knowledge Economy” state in 2006, according to Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still, but the state has plenty of hard work ahead on investment, biofuel development, and IT labor needs. Instead of free tuition for college grads that promise to...

The University of Wisconsin-Madison laboratory that was formed to provide an “experimentation sandbox” for radio frequency identification technologies is doing just that as part of a project with local and out-of-state blood banks. UW-Madison's RFID Lab is focusing part of its applied research mission on...

The link between education and earnings has been acknowledged for some time, but the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance has given it a local emphasis, writes Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still. The disparity in educational attainment between residents of Madison and Milwaukee, and the resulting wage gap...

In a survey from the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, many Wisconsin manufacturers cited rising material costs and pricing pressures as having a greater impact on their business than offshore competition. Whatever their concerns, WMEP's advice remains the same - manufacturers must make the transition from...

With the goal of connecting institutional investors to Wisconsin companies, the State Department of Financial Institutions and the Department of Commerce are collaborating on a proposal to create a Wisconsin Venture Center. The center is based on an Ohio collaborative model called BioEnterprise....

Orbital Technologies Corp. of Madison and Danisco, a Copenhagen-based maker of biological ingredients used in food production, are two of the leading players in the creation of a new bio-agriculture technology center on Madison's southeast side. The BioAg Gateway, characterized as a significant economic development...

Entries for the 2007 Governor's Business Plan Contest, which will again feature a $50,000 top prize, are being accepted through Jan. 31, 2007. About $450,000 in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded in the contest's first three years, writes Inside Wisconsin columnist Tom Still,...