Call for Sponsors!  Please contact Tammy Schwarzbauer to secure your 2019 Sponsorship. View the 2019 Sponsorship Packet HERE.










WEDC Website

Economic development is a disciplined public service designed to remove barriers, fulfill opportunities and attract investment that would not be feasible from a financial, competitive or timing perspective without public assistance. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) works with more than 600 partners across the state, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry cluster leaders. WEDC’s economic development strategies are built upon five key Catalysts of Growth:

·         Strategic economic competitiveness

·         Business development

·         Community and economic opportunity

·         Brand development and strategy

·         Operational and fiscal excellence






Wisconsin Bank & Trust (WBT), a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., (NASDAQ: HTLF), is a business-focused community bank with assets of more than $1 billion. With seventeen banking centers, WBT serves customers in the Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Sheboygan, Monroe and southwest areas of Wisconsin. WBT offers a wide range of personal, business banking, and private client services. For more information, visit or call 608.203.1214. WBT is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.








Wisconsin Technical College System Website

The Wisconsin Technical College System develops individuals at every stage of their academic and work careers into experts and entrepreneurs who make an immediate, local economic impact.

The System annually delivers thousands of skilled professionals who stay in Wisconsin to pursue careers in the skilled trades, manufacturing, information technology, health care, agriculture, public safety, and business, among many others. They are also premier providers of customized, innovative training solutions for incumbent workers in areas like Lean Six Sigma, sustainability, APICS & Supply Chain, worker safety and more.

Our dynamic employer connections and strong ties to education partners, workforce and economic development experts, and community-based organizations put the technical colleges at the center of economic opportunity in communities throughout Wisconsin.








Our Mission Inspires Us.  MSOE is the university of choice for those seeking an inclusive community of experiential learners driven to solve the complex challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our Vision Challenges Us.  MSOE will set the standard for preparing leaders to solve the diverse technical challenges of the 21st century.

Our Values Unite Us.  Six values are at the core of our campus culture:

  • Collaboration – We value working together across boundaries.
  • Excellence – We value the pursuit and achievement of excellence.
  • Inclusion – We value authentic engagement with diverse people, beliefs and ideas.
  • Innovation – We value creativity and new ideas for lifelong service, discovery and growth.
  • Integrity – We value doing the right thing in a reliable way.
  • Stewardship – We value the responsible use of our resources.








GBS Website

Since 1997, Guardian Business Solutions has been working with manufacturers to bridge the gap between business processes and technology. As experienced ERP providers, we specialize in helping with inventory control, scheduling, planning, forecasting, quoting, customer order processing to shipping, costing and everything in-between. We take a holistic approach to our solutions and look at a company’s unique needs.

Our team of experts keep you up to date by continuous training. We are certified in Production and Inventory Management, as well as, Supply Chain Professionals through The Association for Operations Management(APICS).

Guardian Business Solutions implements ERP, mobile technology and data collection solutions. We take you through your ERP journey with the least amount of disruption to your business. We work with your team to educate them not only on the ERP system but on ways to improve the processes already in place.

Our customers are forward-looking companies that are working to leap frog the competition. With our knowledge of manufacturing and technology and their understanding of their strengths, we form a team that sets them apart. It is a great formula and one that has worked for decades.






The Geo Group Website

In a global marketplace, every manufacturer looks for solutions to remove barriers for success. At The Geo Group, we provide the exchange of information through translation and interpreting services needed to communicate effectively, with international distributors, multilingual employees and global partners in every form of print and electronic media.

We are committed to working with only the best professionals and specialists who have a passion for technical subject matter. The Geo Group collaborates withover 500 qualified translators¾ native speakers of virtually every major language in the world. Our skilled linguists, media experts, and project managers follow rigid ISO standards to achieve a top-quality product. We are driven to deliver superior customer service every time.







Keller Website

Keller, Inc. is a design/build general contractor located in Germantown, WI with additional offices in the Fox Cities, Madison and Wausau. As a 100% employee owned company, Keller, Inc.’s employee-owners pride themselves on designing and building every project as if it were their own. With an on-staff team of architects, interior designers and project managers, we are a single point of contact for our customers to keep everything on track, on time and within budget







Imaginasium Website

Founded in 1992, Imaginasium is a Green Bay-based marketing and communications firm that works with manufacturers to clarify their message, build a culture that believes and supports the company’s vision, and create marketing that drives customers to action. It’s our focus to help our clients build a complete and consistent customer experience—the kind that drives business growth and profitability, and generates loyalty with your customers. We do that by creating understanding of who you are and what you stand for inside your own walls. Making sure everyone on your team is telling the same story. Then we help align that story with internal actions and external communications, guided by our unique Customer Experience Ecosystem framework. It’s how we’ve helped countless clients connect more meaningfully with their customers—whether that’s through brand development, employer brand design, marketing strategies, or any number of digital and traditional communications initiatives. And it’s how we’ll help you reach the next level in your company’s story, too.










Translogistics Website

Translogistics Inc., headquartered in Birdsboro PA, has been providing logistics management services since 1994. We provide these services across all modes of transportation for clients in all types of industries. We are an asset-light company whose average client retention rate is 10.5 years. Our focus is to provide customized logistics solutions designed to enhance our clients’ supply chains and improve their bottom line. Our proprietary ViewPoint TMS software provides superior logistics capabilities and complete supply chain visibility for all departments for all fully managed clients.




First Business Bank Website

As an ambitious business owner on a determined path to reach your goals, you need financial experts who truly understand the barriers and high stakes to success. At First Business, we don’t just talk the talk. Our company’s entrepreneurial roots drive our daily interactions and strategies. Founded in 1990 by Jerry Smith, First Business was the first business-focused bank in the Midwest, started in Madison, Wisconsin, with 167 investors, just a handful of employees, and more ambition than one could harness.






Breakfast Sponsor

Blackhawk Bank Website

Blackhawk Bank has a reputation as being the Bank for Manufacturing, a standing that secures and strengthens partnerships with our manufacturing clients. Many of our board members lead successful manufacturing companies, too; one could say manufacturing is in our DNA. Our team is ready, willing and excited to sit down with you to share real-world insights and reliable advice that can help you grow and prosper.

Offices in Beloit & Janesville, WI; Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford & Belvidere, IL

Member FDIC – Equal Housing Lender


Bronze Sponsor



German American Chambers of Commerce Website





ICATT Website

Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) is the leading apprenticeship program in the Midwest for high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics. It is the only program fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System – an approach recognized globally for its combination of company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning – resulting in highly-trained employees that position companies to embrace technical advances, keep pace with market demands, and harness growth opportunities.

The ICATT Apprenticeship Program was founded by the German American Chamber of Commerce® of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) in 2015, and is open to any company with operations in the Midwest. GACC Midwest, headquartered in Chicago with a branch office in Detroit, was founded in 1963. GACC Midwest is an integral part of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) with 130 offices in 90 countries around the globe. Our continuing mission is to promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States, especially the Midwest.


Bronze Sponsor




Alliance for American Manufacturing Website

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers.

Our mission is to strengthen American manufacturing and create new private-sector jobs through smart public policies. We believe that an innovative and growing manufacturing base is vital to America’s economic and national security, as well as to providing good jobs for future generations. AAM achieves its mission through research, public education, advocacy, strategic communications, and coalition building around the issues that matter most to America’s manufacturers and workers.