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The Business Building Benefits of ISO 9001

The ISO 9001 standard is all about common sense in managing small and midsize manufacturers. The standard ensures overall excellence in how the business is run, a highly important factor in the quality of a manufacturer’s products. Written by customers to ensure that their […]

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High percentage of women manufacturers at Industrial Controls Corp. a result of finding the best-qualified candidates

Rachel Yehle worked for three years as an intern at Industrial Controls Corp. while she earned an engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She interviewed for several jobs, at the urging of Industrial Controls president and Chief Executive Officer […]

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Strategic Workforce Planning Program a Critical First Step of Workforce Optimization

By Thomas E. O’Rourke The long-running struggle of manufacturers to find and retain employees to fill open jobs has been well documented and a topic of seemingly unending discussion and debate. Is there a true skills gap? Is the issue […]

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BEWARE: Allergens Major Source of Food Product Recalls

Allergens create a variety of challenges and can be very costly for food manufacturers when not properly controlled. Although food recalls tied to illness outbreaks tend to garner the most attention, undeclared allergens in food are a leading cause of product recalls. Over a […]

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“Game Changer – Zero Waste and Box Re-Use”

by Lisa Geason-Bauer Many U.S. based corporations along with their global counterparts over the last five to seven years have put programs in place to reduce waste and increase re-use of materials while striving to meet rigorous zero waste business […]

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Meeting the Challenges of the Food Safety Modernization Act

Intensified regulations and a greater focus on preventing contamination has created challenges for Wisconsin food and beverage manufacturers.

The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership is here to help.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act, the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years, was signed into law by then-President Obama in January 2011. It aims to ensure the U.S. food supply is safe by shifting the focus from responding to contamination to outright preventing it. 

The law provides the FDA with new enforcement power designed to achieve higher rates of compliance with prevention- and risk-based food safety standards and to better respond to and contain problems when they do occur. 

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2017 Wisconsin Innovation Awards

  Manufacturers in the Spotlight: An Innovative Opportunity We know that manufacturers around Wisconsin are solving problems and innovating every day. Now we have the opportunity to highlight that work to an even bigger audience at the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. […]

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Manufacturing Matters! 2017 Draws Enthusiastic Crowd

The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s annual Manufacturing Matters! conference attracted a capacity crowd of about 450 people to the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Milwaukee on Feb. 23. Michael Stull, Senior Vice President of Manpower North America, delivered a captivating […]

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Meeting Customer Sustainability Expectations

Original equipment manufacturers, distributors and large retailers alike are keeping a watchful eye on the sustainability practices of their suppliers. Supply chain sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor for small and mid-size manufacturers, said Mark McDermid, senior manufacturing specialist […]

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A Lean Manufacturing Expert Reflects After a Long Journey

For nearly two decades, Jim Fackelman, a senior manufacturing specialist at the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, has worked side-by-side with operators of small and midsize manufacturers in Wisconsin to make their operations more productive and, in turn, more competitive. “When […]

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