Gov. Walker appoints Sullivan to head business development

MADISON (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has appointed former Bucyrus International CEO Tim Sullivan to serve as a special consultant and head a business development effort within his administration.

Walker made the announcement at Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's annual business day meeting Thursday.

Sullivan started the Milwaukee mining equipment manufacturing company in 1976 but stopped down last year after it was acquired by Caterpillar.

Walker says Sullivan is taking the post as head of his business development office without pay. Walker says he will help identify barriers to business development and job growth, with a special focus on workforce, employment environment, and policy issues.

Walker says Sullivan's job will include making the argument that Wisconsin is a good place to do business and create manufacturing jobs.