The paper industry and related sectors are major forces in Appleton's economy. They also provide a large number of jobs. The region's Fox River Valley has one of the world's highest concentrations of paper-making facilities. The valley is home to about 80 paper manufacturing facilities and about 90 publishing firms.
The metals-machinery sector is also vital to the region's economy. The sector produces fire and utility trucks, welders, iron and brass castings, farm machinery, and crushing and screening equipment. The region is also home to the headquarters of insurance companies and financial institutions.
The Wisconsin Technology Council's objective is to create, develop and keep science and technology companies in Wisconsin. The Division of Business Development of the Wisconsin Department of Commerce offers technical help and financial incentives to companies.
Details about Appleton, Wisconsin: Estimated household income in 2007: $51,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 78.4 (U.S. average: 100). Adult residents holding a bachelor's degree or higher: 30%.
The following is a list of the largest employers in the Appleton area:
- Kimberly-Clark Corporation
- Theda Care Health System
- Affinity Health System
- City of Appleton
- Banta Corp & Affiliates
- Plexus Corp & Affiliates
- Appleton Area School District
- Air Wisconsin Airlines Corp
- Pierce Manufacturing Inc
- Appleton Papers Inc
- Miller Electric Mfg Co
- Appleton Medical Center, Inc
- St. Elizabeth Hospital, Inc
- SMTC, Inc
- Reynolds Consumer Products Inc
- Jansport Inc
- Secura Insurance, A Mutual Company
- YMCA of the Fox Cities
- Radisson Paper Valley Hotel
The leading nonagricultural employment providing segments in Appleton, Wisconsin:
- Trade, transportation and utilities
- Educational and health services
- Professional and business services
- Leisure and hospitality
Associations offering assistance to Appleton businesses include:
- Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce
- Wisconsin Economic Development Association
- Wisconsin Technology Council
- Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce
- Small Business Administration - Wisconsin
The Appleton Post-Crescent is a good resource regarding local business and industry news.