For Immediate Release

May 10, 2016

For more information, contact: John Stampen at (608) 729-4012 or stampen

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) has named a new board of directors following a recent change in the organization’s operating structure.

The WMEP’s new board of directors is led by Mary Isbister, president of GenMet Corp., a Mequon custom metal fabricator, who will serve as chairwoman. Isbister previously served on the WMEP’s board under the prior organizational setup, serving as secretary from 2009 to 2012 and as chairwoman from 2012 to 2014.

Isbister and her husband, Eric, who serves as chief executive officer, purchased GenMet in 1999. In 2010, she was named to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, the principal private sector advisory committee to the U.S. secretary of commerce regarding the country’s manufacturing sector. She’s also served, through an appointment by Gov. Scott Walker, on the Wisconsin Council for Workforce Investment, where she held the title of chairwoman.

Joining Isbister on the board are:

Steven Copp, chairman of Transcoil International LLC, a Germantown supplier of peripherals for AC and DC drives. Copp previously served as the company’s chief executive officer until his retirement from the day-to-day operations of the company in 2015. Copp joined TCI in 1989 as corporate controller;

Mark Kaiser, president and CEO of Lindquist Machine Corp., a Green Bay custom machine-building company. Kaiser has led the day-to-day operation of the company since 1999;

Glenn Kennedy, chief operating officer of InPro Corp., a Muskego provider of door and wall protection, sustainable building products, expansion joint systems, and decorative surface products. Kennedy has been employed at InPro since 1998. He took on the role of chief operating officer in 2012;

Rhonda Rushing, president of Berntsen International, a Madison manufacturer and supplier of ‘smart’ infrastructure marking and monitoring products for the survey, utility, construction, park and recreation industries. Rushing joined Berntsen in 1979 and became president in 1990 upon the retirement of her father, Phillip Peterson, who co-founded the business;

Joseph Weitzer, dean of the Center for Business Performance Solutions at Waukesha County Technical College, which provides innovative, customized training. Weitzer has served as dean since 2008.

“We are very fortunate to have such a strong, and experienced board of directors advising us.”, said WMEP Executive Director and CEO Tim Wiora. “Our board chair, Mary Isbister, is a recognized leader on state and national manufacturing issues and her knowledge of the WMEP and Wisconsin manufacturers position her perfectly for this role. Our board members have decades of experience leading and advising manufacturing operations in Wisconsin, and the WMEP benefits from their insight and expertise.”



The WMEP is a private, nonprofit consulting organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers by optimizing stakeholder value and expanding their capabilities to grow, be innovative and achieve operational success. The WMEP receives financial support from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership as a sub-recipient of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity. The WMEP also partners with many public and private organizations to serve Wisconsin manufacturers. For more information, visit