Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Conference to provide cutting-edge tools and tactics for Wisconsin manufacturers

Manufacturing Matters!, Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the Frontier Airlines Center, Milwaukee

Are you having trouble hiring talent? How do you create a culture that embraces innovation and growth? With a tight credit market and increased regulations, what is the best way to access capital and also navigate regulations to get started on a new project?

You’ll find these answers and more at the 15th Annual Manufacturing Matters! Conference on Wednesday, May 9th at the Frontier Airlines Center in Milwaukee.

Manufacturing Matters! is WMEP’s signature event to promote performance excellence for the state’s nearly 9,000 small and midsize manufacturers. The day-long event, hosted by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at the Frontier Airlines Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee.

Early-Bird registration starts today. Group discounts are also available. For more information or to register visit www.manufacturingmatters.org or call 1.877.856.8588.  


  • Finding talented workers remains one of the most pressing issues facing manufacturers today. Tim Sullivan, former president and CEO of Bucyrus and now special consultant for business and workforce development for the state of Wisconsin, will share his insight into the skills gap, how to engage employees and specific programs that address the talent issue.  
  • Aaron Jagdfeld, president and CEO of Manufacturer of the Year award-winner Generac Power Systems, will share his insights into building a rapidly growing business that draws on local suppliers to drive growth, as well as Generac’s innovative program to build its talent supply.
  • Adam Hartung, nationally acclaimed author and speaker, will share his innovative four-step process to master business growth in a dynamic world.
  • Sarah Miller Caldicott, co-author of “Innovate Like Edison”, will share the methods that her great-uncle Thomas Edison used to create an innovative organization - methods that are based on building collaborative teams.
  • Other sessions focus on talent management, innovation, profitable sustainability, online marketing, food & feed, business growth, lean culture, finance, and legal and regulatory issues.

“Manufacturing Matters! aims to provide manufacturers a tremendous value in unmatched opportunities for learning, networking, and collaboration,” said Buckley Brinkman, WMEP’s executive director.  “In response to manufacturer needs, we’re offering two channels this year – one focused on executives, and the other designed for operations staff, providing benefit for the entire manufacturing organization.”

Conference sponsors include: The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, First Business Bank; Wisconsin Technical College System; Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce; Insight on Manufacturing; BizTimes.com; LogiServe® Inc; Bentley World Packaging Ltd.; and joint venture partner UW E-Business Institute

Special incentive for manufacturers interested in exporting: 

Attend both World Trade Day at the Italian Community Center on May 8th and Manufacturing Matters! at the Frontier Airlines Center on May 9th and save $70 on combined registration cost.

For more information, contact:

Teresa Schell schell@wmep.org  262.345.3381

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