Media & Videos

Below is a collection of media including videos, audio and news articles featuring the Door County Economic Development Center.


Door County Manufacturing Days 2018

Watch a robotic welder zap metal parts together at Therma Tron-X, or taste chocolate chip cookies baked in 45 seconds in an industrial oven made at Hatco Corporation. These experiences and many more await you, your family, friends and co-workers during the second Door County Manufacturing Day, October 27, 2018, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Free tours are being offered of 12 manufacturing and production businesses located in Sturgeon Bay. If you’re searching for a new job or career, bring your resume and prepare to engage with companies that are currently hiring.

CLICK FOR A MAP AND PRINTABLE BROCHURE: MFGday brochure 2018

This event is hosted by Door County Economic Development Corporation, and sponsored and supported by Door County Manufacturers Association and NEW Manufacturing Alliance.

Our future workforce will have the opportunity to explore career options here in Door County, when 200 high school sophomores from the four Door County mainland high schools will tour 12 businesses Thursday, October 25.

The participating businesses for both days include: Cadence, Inc., ExacTech, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Hatco Corporation, Hi-Tec Fabrication, Key Industrial Plastics, Marine Travelift, Inc., N.E.W. Industries, Pro Products. Inc., Therma Tron-X, Inc., Sunshine House, Inc., and WireTech Manufacturing.

For safety, please wear closed-toed shoes on the tours – these are active manufacturing and design facilities. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will have its ElectroMechanical Mobile Lab in the Sunshine House parking lot on Saturday. This 53-foot trailer is designed to introduce students to advanced manufacturing careers through hands-on experience with the customized equipment housed within the mobile lab. The Sunshine House will also host a brat fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday tours are free of charge. Donations are encouraged to support the Door County Business & Education Partnership, an initiative of DCEDC. Information about the businesses and a map of the industrial park will be available at each participating manufacturing company and at the Information Tent on the corner of Neenah Ave and Hwy 42 (stop light).

“Helping our businesses reach their maximum efficiency and capacity is our goal in adding a Job Fair to this year’s Manufacturing Day, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to explore and learn about all the high-tech manufacturing facilities we have right here in Sturgeon Bay,” said Paige Funkhouser, DCEDC Economic Development Manager. “We want to engage students by showing them the diverse, creative, and professional jobs available in manufacturing careers. These businesses provide living wages through year-round jobs in Door County. Most offer excellent medical and retirement benefits, in addition to incentives and workplace culture benefits. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and anybody thinking about changing jobs or careers!”


Door County Manufacturing Days 2018

Watch a robotic welder zap metal parts together at Therma Tron-X, or taste chocolate chip cookies baked in 45 seconds in an industrial oven made at Hatco Corporation (pictured). These experiences and many more await you, your family, friends and co-workers during the second Door County Manufacturing Day, October 27, 2018, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The public is invited for free tours of 12 manufacturing and production companies’ facilities in Sturgeon Bay.

CLICK HERE FOR A MAP AND PRINTABLE BROCHURE: MFGday brochure 2018

This event is hosted by Door County Economic Development Corporation, and sponsored and supported by Door County Manufacturers Association and NEW Manufacturing Alliance.

Our future workforce will have the opportunity to explore career options here in Door County, when 200 high school sophomores from the four Door County mainland high schools will tour 12 businesses Thursday, October 25. The businesses include: Cadence, Inc., ExacTech, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Hatco Corporation, Hi-Tec Fabrication, Key Industrial Plastics, Marine Travelift, Inc., N.E.W. Industries, Pro Products. Inc., Therma Tron-X, Inc., Sunshine House, Inc., and WireTech Manufacturing.

Added this year is a Job Fair at the participating businesses. If you’re searching for a new job or career, bring your resume and prepare to engage with companies that are currently hiring. Tour the business, talk to people who work there, and apply on site.

For safety, please wear closed-toed shoes on the tours – these are active manufacturing and design facilities. Northeast Wisconsin Technical College will have its ElectroMechanical Mobile Lab in the Sunshine House parking lot on Saturday. This 53-foot trailer is designed to introduce students to advanced manufacturing careers through hands-on experience with the customized equipment housed within the mobile lab. The Sunshine House will also host a brat fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Saturday tours are free of charge. Donations are encouraged to support the Door County Business & Education Partnership, an initiative of DCEDC. Information about the businesses and a map of the industrial park will be available at each participating manufacturing company and at the Information Tent on the corner of Neenah Ave and Hwy 42 (stop light).

“Helping our businesses reach their maximum efficiency and capacity is our goal in adding a Job Fair to this year’s Manufacturing Day, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to explore and learn about all the high-tech manufacturing facilities we have right here in Sturgeon Bay,” said Paige Funkhouser, DCEDC Economic Development Manager. “We want to engage students by showing them the diverse, creative, and professional jobs available in manufacturing careers. These businesses provide living wages through year-round jobs in Door County. Most offer excellent medical and retirement benefits, in addition to incentives and workplace culture benefits. Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and anybody thinking about changing jobs or careers!”


“Door County – Business By Nature” Talent Attraction Video

This is a video produced by DCEDC and a number of Door County companies that highlights the positive aspects of work and life in Door County, and can assist local firms in recruiting the skilled workforce required for their continued growth in our community. The video features interviews with Door County employers and employees, talking about their first impressions of the County, recreational amenities, the various communities in Door County, healthcare, schools and community engagement.


DCEDC 2016 Annual Meeting

Watch the DCEDC annual meeting, including the awards for Industry and Entrepreneur of the Year, the keynote address by Dan Ariens and the Wellness Works awards from the Door County YMCA and Ministry Door County Medical Center.


Eliot & Harrison Named Entrepreneurs of the Year

DOOR COUNTY, Wis. (April 7, 2016) – The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) announced today that David Eliot and Madeline Harrison, owners of Peninsula Publishing & Distribution (http://doorcountymarketing.com/ and https://doorcountypulse.com/), are the winners of the annual Door County Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The announcement came this afternoon during the DCEDC annual investors meeting at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay.

Peninsula Publishing & Distribution – encompassing the Peninsula Pulse newspaper, Door County Living magazine, Paper Boy distribution and Peninsula Filmworks – is dedicated to the creation of unique, original and locally-focused informational content.

  • The Peninsula Pulse debuted with 1,000 copies on May 24, 1996 as an eight-page arts and entertainment periodical. Since that time, the paper has grown to a circulation of over 18,000 in peak season, with almost 100 pages and three sections.
  • Door County Living was launched in 2003 as a free magazine telling the stories of Door County culture and lifestyle. Today, Door County Living is the county’s largest magazine, published five times annually, with an average of 110 pages in each issue.
  • Paper Boy was born in 2005 from the need to distribute the Peninsula Pulse and Door County Living to all of Door County. The service now boasts well over 140 rack card customers and 200+ racks of many styles and sizes.
  • Their most recent business addition, Peninsula Filmworks, was launched in 2015, providing an opportunity to expose millions more people through the evolution of video on the web to the beauty of the peninsula and the quality of its people.

The consistent growth of Peninsula Publishing & Distribution over the last 20 years has directly translated into the creation of a considerable number of professional, year-round jobs on the Peninsula. Between their four separate but related business entities, the company’s total combined annual revenue makes theirs one of Door County’s more successful home-grown businesses.

Leading by example, Eliot and Harrison have proven to be exceptional corporate citizens. Organizations they serve and support include the Door County Community Foundation, the Door County Visitor Bureau, the Door Community Auditorium, the Women’s Fund of Door County and the Sue Baldwin Fund. They have set an expectation that their entire team engage in Door County as active citizens, participating in both volunteer and civic life. Peninsula Publishing & Distribution has also helped establish, sponsor and promote several new and highly successful local festivals and events, including the Door County Half Marathon, Beer Festival, Pond Hockey Tournament and Peninsula Century bike rides.

“It is our pleasure to recognize Dave and Madeline with the Entrepreneur of the Year award,” said DCEDC Executive Director Bill Chaudoir. “They have built a diverse multimedia company in Door County that is focused on celebrating our unique community. We have been thrilled to watch their company’s growth and we wish them nothing but continued success.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award celebrates those individuals who have taken the initiative to start and grow a successful small business in Door County. Eligible businesses include those with fewer than 50 full time employees, exhibiting exciting growth potential and that have at least three years of successful business experience. Last year’s winner was the Lautenbach family, owners of the Orchard Country Winery & Market.

The Door County Economic Development Corporation (DCEDC) is a public/private partnership dedicated to improving the economic vitality of the county and its residents. Founded in 1989, DCEDC has been successful in helping existing businesses create and retain thousands of jobs through a myriad of programs and initiatives. Additionally, DCEDC places strong emphasis on fostering entrepreneurial instincts in county residents as well as those who vacation on the Door County Peninsula. Door County Economic Development Corporation offices are located within the small business incubator DCEDC founded in 1997 at 185 East Walnut Street in the Sturgeon Bay Industrial Park.