Three years ago, there was a good chance that Mercury Marine would leave Wisconsin. A package of state and local incentives helped keep the company and about 2,000 jobs here.

Today, Mercury is not only securely rooted in the state, but thriving in an industrial sector that was among the hardest hit by the recession. With nearly $2 billion in annual sales, the company is also a prime example of how reaching into foreign markets can keep Wisconsin firms afloat. Read full Journal Sentinel commentary here.