Wisconsin's 6th Congressional District
The 6th Congressional District of Wisconsin stretches from Lake Michigan in the east through Adams County in the west, and from the southern border of Appleton in the north down to an area just south of Watertown, near the midpoint between Milwaukee and Madison. The largest city is Oshkosh, with Beaver Dam, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Menasha, Neenah, Sheboygan and Watertown also serving as major population centers. The numerous industrial concerns in the district employ highly-skilled workers. Farming has a strong presence. Dairying operations dominate but corn, pea and bean production are also important.
Many factory towns and businesses are located in the district, including companies such as Oshkosh B'Gosh clothing and Kimberly-Clark paper products. Oshkosh Corporation is the largest defense contractor in the state. The twin cities of Neenah and Menasha are a paper-making and printing center.
Manitowoc County has many jobs in manufacturing and processing, including Fisher-Hamilton in Two Rivers, which is the world's largest manufacturer of laboratory furniture and fume hoods. The S.S. Badger, operated by Lake Michigan Carferry, transports 140,000 people each year across Lake Michigan between Manitowoc and Ludington, Michigan.
At the southern tip of Lake Winnebago, the largest in Wisconsin, is Fond du Lac County, home of Mercury Marine outboard motors. Just west of Sheboygan is the Kohler Company, a leading manufacturer of plumbing and power systems products. Also near Sheboygan is the Johnsonville Sausage Company which markets sausage products worldwide.
Quadgraphics in Lomira is a leader in the printing industry, the Michels Corporation in Brownsville specializes in underground utilities, Mayville is home to numerous machining companies with international clients, and John Deere in Horicon manufactures lawn and garden equipment.
Each year the Experimental Aircraft Association convention is held in Oshkosh, making Wittman Regional Airport one of the world's busiest during the event in terms of takeoffs and landings.
Twenty miles west of Fond du Lac is the City of Ripon, home of the Little White Schoolhouse known as the birthplace of the Republican Party. In 1854 a group met in the schoolhouse and proclaimed themselves Republicans.