At the turn of the 20th century, new research in the field of astronomy saw the development of large telescopes like the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay.
Beginning in the 1960s, a massive bowling boom in Japan saw Wisconsin’s Vulcan Corporation shipping hundreds of thousands of bowling pins to Japanese markets.
Equipment manufacturers like Suick and Mepps played a role in making fishing a major tourist attraction in northern Wisconsin.
Founded in Wausau, WI, in 1911, America’s first workers compensation insurance company started using equipment like the Maico Audiometer to develop new standards of workplace safety.
Invented in Chicago and produced in Racine, Wisconsin, William Horlick’s malted milk became a world-famous nutritional supplement.
Operating from Racine, Wisconsin, Horlick’s Malted Milk Company transformed the dairy industry of the upper Midwest and sold its products all across the globe.
A chance encounter brought this fishing lure to Antigo and put northern Wisconsin on the sports fishing map.
Sheldons Inc. helped Antigo become one of the most important manufacturers of fishing tackle.
After a major bowling tournament in 1905, the American Bowling Congress relocated from New York to Milwaukee, making the city the bowling capital of America.
In 1953, Wisconsin made occupational hearing loss a claimable condition under the state’s workers compensation law. Employers Mutual of Wausau quickly led the way in workplace hearing safety.
As the nation’s first workers compensation insurance company, Employers Mutual of Wausau, WI, exerted a powerful influence on workplace safety through its many educational posters, magazines, and other publications.
To improve its classic spinner, Sheldon’s purchased tens of thousands of squirrel tails every year.