MM2 Banner GraphicsThank you to all of those manufacturers who attended the 24th Annual Manufacturing Matters! Conference. Thank you to our expert speakers, special guests, to our hardworking WMEP staff and a huge thank you to our sponsors!

Manufacturing Matters! will be back in April, 2023 with new sessions, new speakers and exciting new keynote speakers.

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This premier manufacturing industry conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee this spring, with a Celebration of Wisconsin Manufacturing reception the evening prior to the conference. View the conference agenda HERE.

The recent manufacturing environment has certainly been bumpy, leading manufacturers to react to rapidly evolving situations, and make mid-course adjustments. And most agree this bumpiness is likely to continue into the foreseeable future.

A key challenge for manufacturers today is to thrive rather than just survive these turbulent times. With that in mind, “Thriving Through Turbulence” is the theme for Manufacturing Matters! 2022.

The conference will focus on highlighting the practices of manufacturers who are thriving through this turbulent environment, as well as sharing expert insights into what organizations can do going forward to be more resilient and adaptive to change.

Two keynote speakers, and 12 sessions in 4 tracks are featured in this year’s conference.

Confirmed Sessions Include: 

  • People
    • Alignment: Increasing Executional Speed and Impact.
      Christine McMahon, Principal – McMahon & Associates
    • Front Line Leadership in Turbulent Times: Providing leaders the tools they need to succeed.
      Ed Egan, Learning & Performance Coach – Double E Workplace Solutions
    • Winning the War for Talent: Manufacturers who are bucking challenging workforce trends.
      Moderator: Joe Brown, Human Capital – Service Line Lead – WMEP Manufacturing Solutions

Panelist: Angie Zeigler, VP Talent Management; Charter Manufacturing

Panelist: Richard Hein, Director of Marketing; Palmer Hamilton

Panelist: Chris Esser, VP of Engineering; Dielectric Manufacturing, Inc.

  • Leadership
    • Unraveling the Workforce Crisis.
      Dennis Winters, Chief Economist – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
    • Leveraging Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) to Manage During Turbulence and Uncertainty.
      Carol Crawford, Sr Consultant, WMEP, Kevin Kaszubowski, CPA, Controller, Lake Country Manufacturing
      Sarit Singhal, President & CEO, SSR
    • Management Matrix – Resurrections.
      Christian Wolcott, Principal, Semoto Inc
  • Improvement/Automation
    • Plant Floor Security Challenges. How Industry 4.0, IIoT, and connected manufacturing systems create new cybersecurity challenges.
      Scott Singer, Cybernines; Pete Ensch, WEM Automation
    • Increase Productivity with Automated Material Handling.
      Mark Bogazcyk, Ellis Systems; TBD, MUL Technologies
    • Tax Credits & Incentives for Manufacturers
      Rob Kane, Partner; Wipfli
  • Innovation
    • De-Risking Innovation: Choosing Where and How to Allocate Capital to Make Growth Predictable.
      Derek Johnson, CEO – Aurora WDC
    • Scaling Operations to Support Medical Diagnostic and Care Products During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
      Christian Herrild, Director of Growth – Teel Plastics
    • The Sales Funnel is Dead! It’s time to bring an intelligent approach to building a qualified pipeline of prospects.
      Mark Coronna, Founder and CMO – The Practical CMO


Click here for a map of rooms and sponsors in the Milwaukee Hyatt Regency.

The conference agenda via Cvent can be found here.

Click here for to review COVID Guidelines for WMEP Manufacturing Solutions’ Events.

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