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PSI – Green World… and Bottom Line!

By Rich Rovito, Industry Reporter, WMEP Sustainability can be a terrific way for manufacturers to establish a leadership market position and improve their bottom lines. The Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) refocuses sustainability efforts around a new concept: Resource Intensity. This […]

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Ideas to Market

By John Stampen, Director of Marketing, WMEP “If you can make anything simpler and better – then that’s a good thing.” – Jacob Stampen The above quote is from my great grandfather, Jacob Stampen, who was a Norwegian immigrant and […]

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Kirsh Foundry

By Rich Rovito, Industry Reporter, WMEP As many foundries struggle to survive or have disappeared altogether, Kirsh Foundry in Beaver Dam is going strong and continues to invest in its operations. Kirsh is a manufacturer of high quality, engineered iron […]

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Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance

By Rich Rovito, Industry Reporter, WMEP In northeast Wisconsin, manufacturers are banding together to solve the skills shortage and improve the image of manufacturing careers. They do this through the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance, a manufacturer-led organization working with K-12 […]

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Wisconsin Remains Innovation Leader in Developing Its Workforce

By Rich Rovito, Industry Reporter, WMEP Wisconsin has long been a leader in workforce innovation, starting with its first-in-the-nation apprenticeship program in 1911. Thousands of Wisconsin workers have succeeded in providing for their families with rewarding careers over the past […]

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Pilot projects to launch manufacturing technology acceleration centers

By Rich Rovito, Industry Reporter, WMEP To improve small U.S. manufacturers’ supply chain competitiveness and the rates at which they adopt technology, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has awarded nearly $2.5 million in funding for five pilot […]

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Attracting job seekers to careers in manufacturing

By Rich Rovito, Industry Reporter, WMEP Programs, organizations and governmental entities alike are working to connect students and other job seekers with careers in manufacturing. Aggressive efforts have been launched to position manufacturing in a more positive light, thus dispelling […]

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Best Practices Shared Across MEP Centers

The WMEP hosted a Best Practices Day on April 14th, engaging 47 people from six MEP centers, across five different states, including guests from as far away as North Carolina and Alabama. The gathering allowed center staff to hear about […]

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Advanced Manufacturing: What Is It and How Will It Affect My Business?

Join Global Midwest Alliance at TMA headquarters in Park Ridge, IL on April 24 for its annual manufacturing industry program, sponsored by WMEP, AMT, TMA, The Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and Cendrowski Corporate Advisors. The program includes a three-part discussion […]

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Manufacturing Matters! 2014 keynote speaker Meeusen sees challenges for manufacturers

By Rich Rovito Rich Meeusen isn’t one to sugarcoat an issue. The chairman, president and chief executive officer of Brown Deer-based Badger Meter Inc. and the driving force behind an effort to transform the region into a global water technology […]

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