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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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Wiora named new director of consulting services for the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership

The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership has appointed Tim Wiora as director of consulting services. Wiora most recently worked as a senior administrative program specialist for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He replaces Ed Svojse, who left the organization late last year […]

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Breathing life back into American manufacturing

By Rich Rovito The way Scott Paul sees it, 2014 needs to be a year of action for the manufacturing sector. Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), a partnership established in 2007 by some of the country’s […]

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Skills Gap: Is It Real?

By Rich Rovito It’s a topic that just won’t go away. Manufacturers continue to voice concern about a skills gap that they claim has been plaguing the industrial sector for years. Companies are quick to blame the perceived gap as […]

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Lean Six Sigma – It’s more than a process, it’s a competitive advantage

by Gaurav Gandhi, WMEP Senior Manufacturing Specialist & Practice Leader Over the past few years, a number of Wisconsin manufacturers have told me that they are struggling to meet the demands of their major customers.  During the recession, a lot […]

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How manufacturers can effectively use marketing to grow their business

Janet Ady of Ady Voltedge shared her insights at a recent WMEP Lunch & Learn by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter Whether targeting consumers or other businesses, manufacturers need an effective marketing plan. “You want to understand all you can […]

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Expanding Sustainable Manufacturing Practices in Wisconsin

by Mac McDermid, WMEP Manufacturing Specialist The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership has teamed up with a new partner, Milwaukee Sustainability Roundtable, in its continuing pursuit of tools and resources to make companies sustainable and profitable.  A roundtable of large businesses […]

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