Wood product manufacturing, fruit and vegetable preserving and dairy are major industries in Wisconsin. The wood manufacturing business is passed down through generations of Wisconsin families who manufacture plywood and other engineered wood products. Approximately 14 percent of the state's manufacturing jobs and 13 percent of wages come from wood.
Specialty fruit and vegetable preserving is a thriving business in Wisconsin. Its success is attributed to Wisconsin's fertile soil and innovative citizenry. Cheese-making and other forms of dairy product manufacturing are the major contributors to the state's economy. The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association was established in 1891 to represent dairy producers on both the state and national levels.