On Monday, March 11, Governor Walker will sign the "flawed" mining bill that strips state environmental protections from the GeTac proposed taconite mine in Ashland and Iron counties of northern Wisconsin. It is expected that the governor will be signing the bill at the Rhinelander facilities of the Oldenburg Group, a Milwaukee based global manufacturer of heavy equipment and architectural lighting products.
While the company does manufacture mining equipment (apparently the reason for the governor's visit), they do NOT do so in Wisconsin AND the type of mining equipment they DO make is for underground mines NOT the open pit kind authorized by the current bill.
Later in the day, Governor Walker plans a "symbolic" signing of the bill in Milwaukee, home to a major heavy equipment manufacturer. That firm DOES make the kind of equipment that would be used in the "mountain-top removal" type mine in the north, but again NOT in Wisconsin. The firm had earlier indicated that it did not see any increased employment in southeastern Wisconsin as a result of the mining bill.