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Kikkoman is one of the biggest names in the world of soy sauce, but the Japanese company with roots in Walworth is now making a name in the world of skateboarding. Wait. What?

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The former speaker of the House of Representatives will be a member of the board of directors for Fox Corp., the company announced Tuesday.

Job growth has been a slog in some local segments of the manufacturing sector in the decade since the collapse of Janesville's automaking industry. But a few sectors in local manufacturing—namely the food manufacturing industry--are riding a recent wave of growth that is building back factory jobs in Rock County.

Manufacturing remains the top employment sector in Rock County more than a decade after GM's assembly plant in Janesville closed, but it has begun to transform into a warehousing and logistics hub thanks to its location on the state line, Interstate 90/39 running through it and the network of smaller highways that connect nearby communities.

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Generac announced Tuesday in a news release that it plans to open a distribution center using the bulk of the 500,000-square-foot former John Deere facility at 2900 Beloit Ave. on Janesville's south side.