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What you don’t know CAN hurt your business

Why knowing and following trends is essential to running your business By Debra Oakes, WMEP Director of Marketing The recent Wisconsin Economic Future Study cites innovation as an area of critical importance for Wisconsin manufacturers, since innovation translates into strong, sustainable […]

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Study finds companies disappointed with innovation ROI

Conservative strategy on innovation can be perilous by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter Many companies are becoming increasingly frustrated with the returns they are deriving from investments in innovation and are scaling back their expectations while limiting the scope of […]

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State offers variety of resources to boost manufacturers’ growth

by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership is hosting special Lunch & Learn programs on June 18 in Madison, June 19 in Pewaukee (session full) and June 20 in Oshkosh, that will highlight how the Wisconsin Economic […]

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Affordable Care Act generating lots of questions, concerns

by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as the ACA, has been law for more than three years now, but significant questions remain for manufacturers of all sizes as provisions of the act […]

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Collaboration key to innovation

by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter A lack of collaboration can limit a company’s ability to innovate, according to Sarah Miller Caldicott, an innovation process expert and author of a new book on the topic. “Collaboration is the gateway to […]

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The ACA – what manufacturers need to know

By Mike Gotzler and Jane Clark of QTI As we informed WMEP guests at our first Lunch & Learns in September, many of the details of the Affordable Care Act were not provided when the Act was passed in 2010. […]

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Back to the Basics – Better than Ever!

By Jerry Thiltgen, Senior Manufacturing Specialist, WMEP What’s old is new when it comes to fortifying the basic concepts of lean manufacturing. Training Within Industry (TWI), which was developed to support industrial firms for the United States war effort during World […]

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Finding success in markets outside the United States

by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter Exporting can provide a means of boosting sales and profits for small and mid-size manufacturers in Wisconsin looking to take advantage of explosive growth in other parts of the world. But competing successfully in […]

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Sustainability is here for the long haul

by Randy Bertram, WMEP Director of Sustainability Services The Wisconsin Profitable Sustainability Initiative (PSI) enters its fourth year of service to Wisconsin manufacturers this month. When PSI was launched in 2010 less than 30% of Wisconsin manufacturers identified with sustainability. […]

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Continuous Improvement begins with commitment to change

by Rich Rovito, WMEP Industry Reporter Continuous improvement must involve a fundamental change of a company’s overall business philosophy in order to be effective. Getting employees to buy into continuous improvement can lead to an array of benefits, but often […]

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