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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 www.wisconsinbankandtrust.com or call 608.203.1214. WBT is a member of the FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.
You could say Consolidated Construction Co. specializes in design-build construction, general contracting, and construction management. But, we’re most proud of how we build business. Your business.
Our team is comprised of entrepreneurial folks who know that your building project is more than the outcome of your success; it’s the tool that will help you achieve greater success. And, while we’re very good at construction (national award-winning, thank you), we think you deserve a project that delivers a better balance sheet, too.
From interior build-outs to multi-million dollar facilities, our seamless building and construction management process is the most user-friendly in the business. Make one call to us, and you’ve instantly engaged the resources of an entire team, with specialists in funding, architecture, construction, and service. The experts you need are altogether working in synchronicity, equally accountable, interacting daily to ensure a smooth project and a successful outcome.
Our process is lean and results in an insanely low change order rate, a faster construction schedule, better communication, and higher return on investment. It’s not just our tagline; we really can prove it’s best to “Consolidate It. Make 1 Call.”
NEFF is a fourth-generation, family-owned business that provides custom automation solutions and products to enhance manufacturing and assembly processes and improve productivity in a wide variety of industries. Our team works with industry-leading engineers and professionals looking for creative solutions. You can rely on the NEFF team to take the time to know your business, and work with you to find custom solutions to solve your most complex automation challenges. We never lose focus of the fact that our business centers on your success.
Tell us what you need from your equipment – more throughput, more efficiency, more productivity. Tell us what support we can offer to improve outcomes to you and your customers. Our team is poised and ready to help you find innovative ways to increase your profit margins, strengthen your product portfolio, and provide you advantages over your competition. So engage us. And together we can enhance your automation process. We’re listening.
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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.
Milwaukee School of Engineering is a private, non-profit university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering, business and nursing. At MSOE, you will find a caring community of students and faculty. Together, we are committed to fostering a higher standard of academic programming and research, and personalized service, instruction, and guidance.
MSOE faculty members are experts in their fields, with an average of seven years of professional experience in addition to teaching experience. Faculty members engage and challenge students with individual attention and practical perspectives.
MSOE is recognized across the country as a university dedicated to excellence and innovation in applied research. Its Applied Technology Center™ (ATC) undertakes more than 250 company-sponsored research projects every year that are focused on providing real solutions to some of industry’s biggest problems. This work is completed through several centers of excellence like the Rapid Prototyping Center and Fluid Power Institute™.
When the time is right, Taureau Group provides the skills and resources to ensure smooth processes and excellent results from mergers and acquisitions or
recapitalizations and sales. We provide guidance at every stage and approach transactions with creativity, a strong sense of urgency, and the collaboration skills
needed to bring individuals and teams together to accomplish your desired results, even in challenging situations.
SELLING YOUR BUSINESS – You’ve worked long and hard to grow your business. It’s more than a source of income. It’s your retirement asset, your identity in the community, a part of your family. As a seller, your goal is to maximize the value of your company. But there are other considerations: minimizing the tax consequences, ensuring the survival and growth of your business, and executing a smooth transition. Taureau Group will help you protect and improve the value of your business and manage each step of the sale, from initial analysis and goal-setting to finding qualified buyers and closing the sale. So you can rest assured that the goals for your business will be met and your years of hard work will pay off.
BUYING A BUSINESS – Often, the most effective way to grow your business is through the acquisition of a competitor or a related business or product line. Acquisition could allow you to expand geography, diversify customer base, expand capabilities or establish new sales channels. Taureau Group will work with you to define the criteria for your ideal target company and identify and approach qualified candidates. We then help you analyze your target company and negotiate pricing, structures and terms to achieve your goals. You can also count on Taureau Group for assistance with coordinating due diligence, arranging financing and closing the transaction.
Located between Madison and Milwaukee in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin, CNC Solutions’ core business is electrical and mechanical systems integration, automation and robotics for a variety of OEMs and end-users requiring quality industrial automation and manufacturing engineering. While our clients look to us to provide the integration of every facet of their factory automation projects, our sweet spot is applying system integration technology to provide quality plant automation solutions for both machine and process controls, innovative engineering at its best.
Xemelgo delivers Industry 4.0 Smart Manufacturing solutions. Xemelgo combines sensor and AI technology to save manufacturers millions of dollars by alerting you in real-time to emerging production issues. Xemelgo’s technology provides real-time visibility across your end-to-end operation; including inventory, work-in-progress, and equipment. Xemelgo’s Intelligent Assistants automatically alert you to emerging production issues; including compliance violations, expiring inventory, production bottlenecks, lost equipment, and incomplete orders. Xemelgo offers a mobile-first solution that brings the right operational data, to the right person, at the right time – right on your mobile device. Our solution deploys in a few hours, and the ROI is immediate. We would love to get your feedback on our solution.
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.
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 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.
From conception and design through to manufacturing and delivery, WorkWise ERP is built to handle the complex needs of manufacturers that use engineering in the design and build of their products. WorkWise ERP gives you complete visibility into your software processes to help integrate engineering activities, streamline operations, improve efficiencies, manage complexities and grow.
Founded in 1990, Excel Engineering is a full-service design firm located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin that has grown to include over 160 professional architects, engineers and associates. Repeat business, client referrals and a reputation for superior plans have contributed greatly to a company that provides design services for over 650 million dollars of construction annually. Excel provides services nationwide and is registered in 50 states.
Employee ownership is the key to our success. As owners, we bring a long-term perspective and a commitment to quality that is unmatched in the industry. Our dedication to service has led to many long-term relationships in a variety of industries. We view these continuing relationships as having earned the highest of compliments.
“Always a Better Plan” is our mission at Excel. We provide a holistic approach to the design process including an in-house, full-service design team. Your building is more than a structure. It is where people, spaces and building systems interact to create the living and working environment. Our multi-discipline design teams provide overlapping attention to detail and work to seamlessly integrate your project. This process, combined with our commitment to your budget and schedule, is the foundation for your “Better Plan”.
Big Systems is a 2D Wide Format and 3D Additive Manufacturing equipment, software and supplies dealer. We address equipment and supplies as components of a total integrated solution.
We represent the largest hardware manufacturers that include Markforged, XYZ Printers,HP, Epson and others. We feature a broad line of Aqueous, Solvent, Eco-Solvent, UV-Curable, Latex, roll-to-roll, flatbed and our newest addition, 3D printing solutions. These product offerings are supported by our manufacturers with special pricing and discount programs. We have a diverse line of media as well as OEM and third party ink supplies.
GPS is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)3 and the only manufacturing-specific, statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship Program in Wisconsin. Our innovative education model uniquely prepares students to succeed in technical careers through the design, build and execution of Credentialed Work-based Learning for business, schools and community-based organizations. These partnerships enable us to accelerate student preparation in technical careers through powerful, credentialed work-based learning solutions while promoting viability for business and creating systemic social change to help strengthen communities.
The Lake Companies has been in the Manufacturing ERP Software industry, supporting discrete manufacturers for more than 35 years as a certified Gold Channel Partner of Infor Global Solutions. In that time, The Lake Companies has authored software that extends and enhances the functionality of Infor’s CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) ERP solution and proudly stands as the world leader with those solutions. This combination of solutions has resulted in a significantly simpler, more elegant and more powerful offering for more than 1,000 global manufacturers.
The Lake Companies, Inc. has never lost track of its roots, which are firmly set in the Upper Midwest, providing a proven Infor/Lake Companies ERP solution set to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Upper Michigan manufacturing clients. That geography has been the proving ground for Lake Companies’ applications to deliver in their promise of scaling growth, revenues and profits for local, as well as global, manufacturers. For more information, visit us at www.Lakeco.com
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.
VARC, Inc. specializes in customized contract assembly and packaging. Since 1975, VARC has worked with businesses on a local and national level to serve their long and short-term production requirements.
With our nimble, multi-industry production facilities in five locations throughout West-Central Wisconsin, VARC offers versatile workforce solutions for many different industries. VARC is the labor solution your business needs to meet demanding budgets and deadlines, thus becoming more productive and staying competitive.
Top Floor is a digital marketing company with a focus on driving results that help our clients achieve and exceed their growth goals. We help businesses get found online through a diverse mix of
strategic and tactical digital marketing channels – from website design and development to search marketing. We mix passion, innovation, and expertise to drive business growth. What sets us
apart from others is our focus on digital, our certified specialists, our strategic, compressive approach and our result-driven solutions. We work with you to map out a personalized digital strategy, implement a plan, and drive results.
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Setting up or expanding your European footprint? Considering a European Distribution Center, a Sales office?
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Reynolds Transfer & Storage, Inc. is a Madison, Wisconsin based specialty moving and heavy hauling company. We have been proudly serving businesses, residents, and causes in the greater Madison area since 1888.
Anna Gault Reynolds founded a livery stable and hauling firm with four rigs and 10 horses in 1888, and operated it out of a barn next to her house on the 600 block of East Mifflin Street. The company eventually grew into a specialty hauling firm. Henry and William Reynolds, Anna’s grandsons, took over management of the firm in 1929 and built Reynolds Transfer & Storage into one of the largest hauling companies in Wisconsin. In 1960, my father Edward and his brother David took over daily operations of the company and continued to expand the business.
Today, Reynolds is a leader in hauling specialty items, from heavy machinery moving, office and residential relocation, to record and household goods storage and warehousing. We are proud that our fifth and sixth generations are carrying on the strong tradition of family ownership and management.
“ARCOS is a leader in delivering SaaS solutions for managing resources, ensuring accurate, compliant shift scheduling and automatically planning for all types of events. The ARCOS solution reports on the up-to-the-minute location and status of equipment and workforce resources via mobile technology for utilities and other critical infrastructure organizations like airlines, manufacturers and industrial facilities. The ARCOS resource management platform helps organizations save time and money, while improving customer satisfaction and the efficiency, safety and accuracy of operations. Learn about ARCOS resource management software at http://www.arcos-inc.com.”
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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.
CTaccess offers three primary services to manufacturers and other industries.
We are experts at managing and operating IT for organizations that have 20 to 250 technology users. Our unique MSP process takes the pain out of managing and improving technology and allows your team to focus on growing and improving the organization.
Our Cybersecurity services to help organizations secure themselves against the onslaught of hacking and information theft, and help organizations meet compliance requirements of the defense industry, HIPAA, NIST, ISO and others. Our process is to Assess, Remediate, and then insure continued Protection and Compliance.
We also provide solutions that help an organization automate processes like Accounts Payable, Contract Management, HR Onboarding, and many others. These solutions significantly impact productivity as they automate the flow of information and approvals through an organization. We build these solutions on the award-winning ECM software platform, Laserfiche.
Wegner CPAs is about people – our clients, our employees, our community. Our professionals guide individuals, businesses and nonprofits with personal service, education, and knowledge. Guiding You. Beyond the Numbers. is the number one reason we come to work each day. We care about doing what is right for our clients and our community. Wegner CPAs is a full-service accounting firm specializing in accounting & auditing, accounting software support, outsourced accounting, business valuations, litigation support, and tax planning & compliance services.
At Wegner CPAs, our accomplished manufacturing / supply chain team excels in helping companies increase profits and achieve their owners’ goals. We specialize in helping family and closely held businesses thrive from one generation to another. We give you the capabilities of a large firm with the personalized attention of our senior staff, so you get the advantage of being served by CPAs who have hands-on experience as CFOs and controllers in manufacturing and distribution companies.
Bridgewood Advisors is a Milwaukee-based investment banking firm that specializes in conducting strategic acquisition searches, selling privately held businesses, and divesting non-core corporate divisions and product lines. We are proud to serve clients ranging from private businesses to Fortune 500 and multi-national companies. Our experience spans diverse industries within manufacturing, service and distribution, with a focus on transactions up to $200 million.
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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.
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M3 Insurance offers insight, advice and strategies to help clients manage risk, purchase insurance and provide employee benefits. We are committed to being experts in both the products we represent and the industries we serve. Our people advance M3’s competitive advantage in the marketplace, and our focus on community builds better places to live and work. M3 is consistently ranked a top 100 broker in America.
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Tailored Label Products, Inc. offers innovative, custom high performance labels & die cut adhesives. Whether you need a high-performance label, or an advanced die cut adhesive, you’ll enjoy the experience and results of working with our team. Our capabilities include design, engineering & manufacturing of labels, as well as complex prototypes. Industries served are electrical, industrial, medical, transportation & outdoor power equipment. We also offer an ISO 9001:2015 and IATF 16949:2016 certified quality management system.
MSI General has been embracing clients as family for over 60 years. Our family culture enables us to attract and retain the best Architects, Estimators, Field Superintendents, Project Directors, and Project Managers in the business. Over 60% of our clients are repeat clients, they love working with us.
Following the time honored tradition of the Master Builder, where a single source has absolute accountability; MSI General delivers the best in Design/Build principles. Our clients gain huge benefits from our well-established Design/Build Approach.
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In print, online and in person, BizTimes Media provides up-to-the-minute business news, thoughtful analysis and valuable strategic insights to southeastern Wisconsin business leaders.
Our award-winning print magazine, BizTimes Milwaukee, includes industry trend analysis, strategic advice and one-on-one interviews with Milwaukee’s top executives, achievers and up-and-comers.
BizTimes.com is the place to find the latest business news in southeastern Wisconsin. Convenient and timely daily and weekly e-newsletters are delivered to your inbox to ensure that you’re always up to date.
BizTimes events bring readers face-to-face with local, regional and national industry leaders. From our flagship BizExpo to our Nonprofit Excellence Awards, BizTimes presents and sponsors over 20 of the region’s most relevant and well-attended events each year.
Insight’s mission is to “connect minds, create insights” with the people, communities, organizations and industries in the 18-county region of the New North. Insight connects with readers through:
• Three business publications: Insight (our monthly flagship publication), Insight on Manufacturing and Insight on Technology.
• Online: Providing readers with up-to-date regional business news and extra content from our magazines via our e-newsletters and website.
• In person: Insight coordinates several business events including the annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference scheduled October 30, 2019 in Green Bay.
• Specialty publications: Insight partners with organizations like New North Inc., Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance and SHRM to produce specialty publications to meet their needs.
Insight is well recognized and respected for providing quality, in-depth articles about businesses, professionals and the trends making a difference in the region. Insight’s photos and design have also won multiple awards.