Sheyboygan Supporters Promote Spaceport Plan on Capitol Hill

Spaceport supporters tout project in Washington, D.C.
Sheboygan Press

Advocates for making Sheboygan the Midwest’s hub for aerospace development made their case Wednesday before the House Aviation Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., arguing that the city’s location and industrial base make it uniquely suited for that role.

Among those who spoke to the subcommittee were U.S. Rep. Tom Petri (R-Fond du Lac), James Testwuide, chairman of the Great Lakes Science and Education Center, and Sheboygan Ald. Mark Hanna, who is vice chairman of the Wisconsin Aerospace Authority, which was created by the Legislature in 2005 and charged with developing aerospace facilities, specifically Spaceport Sheboygan at the Sheboygan Armory.

“This is something that business people and the community in Sheboygan have been working on for many years,” said Petri in a press release. “It seemed a novel and unusual idea at first, but it’s becoming a greater and greater reality.”

Noting that Wisconsin and Sheboygan are perhaps best known for cheese, bratwurst and beer, Petri said: “We have a tremendous industrial infrastructure for everything from making the big castings that are vital for the airplane industry, to many of the key components that support our navy around the world.”

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