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Call for Sponsors!  Please contact Tammy Schwarzbauer to secure your 2018 Sponsorship. View the 2018 Sponsorship Packet Here.

 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

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Consolidated Construction

Consolidated Construction Website

You could say Consolidated Construction Co. specializes in design-build construction, general contracting, and construction management. But, we’re most proud of how we build business. Your business.

Our team is comprised of entrepreneurial folks who know that your building project is more than the outcome of your success; it’s the tool that will help you achieve greater success. And, while we’re very good at construction (national award-winning, thank you), we think you deserve a project that delivers a better balance sheet, too.

From interior build-outs to multi-million dollar facilities, our seamless building and construction management process is the most user-friendly in the business. Make one call to us, and you’ve instantly engaged the resources of an entire team, with specialists in funding, architecture, construction, and service. The experts you need are altogether working in synchronicity, equally accountable, interacting daily to ensure a smooth project and a successful outcome.

Our process is lean and results in an insanely low change order rate, a faster construction schedule, better communication, and higher return on investment. It’s not just our tagline; we really can prove it’s best to “Consolidate It. Make 1 Call.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEDC Website

Economic development is a disciplined public service designed to remove barriers, fulfill opportunities and attract investment that would not be feasible from a financial, competitive or timing perspective without public assistance. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) works with more than 600 partners across the state, including regional economic development organizations, academic institutions and industry cluster leaders. WEDC’s economic development strategies are built upon five key Catalysts of Growth:

·         Strategic economic competitiveness

·         Business development

·         Community and economic opportunity

·         Brand development and strategy

·         Operational and fiscal excellence

Visit InWisconsin.com or follow WEDC on Twitter @_InWisconsin to learn more.

 

 

 

 

 

Price Engineering Website

Price Engineering is determined to solve difficult challenges to advance the engineering design and repair in power, motion and control technology.

When you partner with Price, you get a reliable service provider and integrator, who can also tackle your most complex engineering, design and integration problems.

Through collaboration and innovation, we provide you quick and efficient solutions. Move forward with confidence when you partner with Price. With our spirit of fearless collaboration – we make motion work.

 

 

 

 

Wells Fargo Website

 

 

With more than 165 years of experience in the banking industry Wells Fargo understands how important time, information, and the right guidance are for manufacturing.

We believe all businesses can be better served if they bring their financial services to one provider that knows them well. Backed by a team of product specialists, your dedicated Wells Fargo relationship team will take the time to understand you and your business, and provide the full-service banking solutions that work best for you. We help businesses develop financial strategies unique to the goals and objectives of their business.

To learn more about us, please visit https://www.wellsfargo.com 

 

 

GOLD SPONSORS

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WorkWise Website

WorkWise Software is a leading developer of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software solutions along with comprehensive implementation and support services.

The company’s flagship software products, WorkWise ERP and OnContact CRM are customizable, easy-to-use, and quick to implement. Use of these applications enable users to enhance efficiency by performing their jobs in less time with greater accuracy and improved proficiency.

 

 

 

 

 

WCTS Website

The Wisconsin Technical College System develops individuals at every stage of their academic and work careers into experts and entrepreneurs who make an immediate, local economic impact.

The System annually delivers thousands of skilled professionals who stay in Wisconsin to pursue careers in the skilled trades, manufacturing, information technology, health care, agriculture, public safety, and business, among many others. They are also premier providers of customized, innovative training solutions for incumbent workers in areas like Lean Six Sigma, sustainability, APICS & Supply Chain, worker safety and more.

Our dynamic employer connections and strong ties to education partners, workforce and economic development experts, and community-based organizations put the technical colleges at the center of economic opportunity in communities throughout Wisconsin.

 

 

 

The Lake Companies Website

 

The Lake Companies is your local provider of enterprise resource planning (ERP) business software solutions. We are a fully authorized Infor Gold Channel Partner providing SyteLine ERP (CloudSuite Industrial) software solutions to discrete manufacturers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Additionally, as an Infor SyteLine Solution Provider, we are the developer of the SyteLine Shop-Trak™ and SyteLine Doc-Trak™ enhancement applications.
We have also created a business intelligence application called Fact-Trak™ and a mobile operations management application called Beacon-Trak™.

These software products are used by manufacturers worldwide as they offer robust solutions making the SyteLine ERP platform even more powerful and efficient.

We are here and ready to help. Call 920-406-3030 or visit www.lakeco.com.

 

GSC Website

 

GSC fuels customer success with 3D engineering solutions for design, simulation, data management, technical documentation, and 3D printing, as well as the most comprehensive consulting, technical support, and training in the industry. As a leading provider of SOLIDWORKS solutions and Stratasys 3D printing technologies, GSC’s world-class team of dedicated professionals have helped numerous companies innovate and increase productivity by leveraging advanced technologies to drive 3D business success. Founded in 1989, GSC is headquartered in Germantown, WI.

 

 

 

Taureau Group Website

 

When the time is right, Taureau Group provides the skills and resources to ensure smooth processes and excellent results from mergers and acquisitions or
recapitalizations and sales. We provide guidance at every stage and approach transactions with creativity, a strong sense of urgency, and the collaboration skills
needed to bring individuals and teams together to accomplish your desired results, even in challenging situations.

SELLING YOUR BUSINESS – You’ve worked long and hard to grow your business. It’s more than a source of income. It’s your retirement asset, your identity in the community, a part of your family. As a seller, your goal is to maximize the value of your company. But there are other considerations: minimizing the tax consequences, ensuring the survival and growth of your business, and executing a smooth transition. Taureau Group will help you protect and improve the value of your business and manage each step of the sale, from initial analysis and goal-setting to finding qualified buyers and closing the sale. So you can rest assured that the goals for your business will be met and your years of hard work will pay off.

BUYING A BUSINESS – Often, the most effective way to grow your business is through the acquisition of a competitor or a related business or product line. Acquisition could allow you to expand geography, diversify customer base, expand capabilities or establish new sales channels. Taureau Group will work with you to define the criteria for your ideal target company and identify and approach qualified candidates. We then help you analyze your target company and negotiate pricing, structures and terms to achieve your goals. You can also count on Taureau Group for assistance with coordinating due diligence, arranging financing and closing the transaction.

 

 

SILVER SPONSORS

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GBS Website

Since 1997, Guardian Business Solutions has been working with manufacturers to bridge the gap between business processes and technology. As experienced ERP providers, we specialize in helping with inventory control, scheduling, planning, forecasting, quoting, customer order processing to shipping, costing and everything in-between. We take a holistic approach to our solutions and look at a company’s unique needs.

Our team of experts keep you up to date by continuous training. We are certified in Production and Inventory Management, as well as, Supply Chain Professionals through The Association for Operations Management(APICS).

Guardian Business Solutions implements ERP, mobile technology and data collection solutions. We take you through your ERP journey with the least amount of disruption to your business. We work with your team to educate them not only on the ERP system but on ways to improve the processes already in place.

Our customers are forward-looking companies that are working to leap frog the competition. With our knowledge of manufacturing and technology and their understanding of their strengths, we form a team that sets them apart. It is a great formula and one that has worked for decades.

 

 

 

Imaginasium Website

Imaginasium is a marketing and communications firm that helps leaders of mid- to large-size manufacturers drive profitable growth and change by creating and aligning superior customer experiences. Our process combines best practices of organizational development, internal communications, marketing strategy, and creative execution.

Our clients typically have complex product and service offerings and are regional-to-national in scope. They have direct and indirect or distributor sales forces and multi-channel distribution. And they’re looking to step up to the next level. Clients often seek our help in the face of growth issues (M&A, new product/market launch, etc.), competitive situations, “tired” marketing efforts, customer experience issues, strategic initiative development and rollout, and culture/alignment challenges. Our services and solutions are designed to support our clients during these times of growth and transition in the two ways they need it most—strategy and execution.

Using an inside-out approach, we work with our clients’ internal teams and leadership to uncover and define their authentic brand story, communicate it internally to create brand champions throughout the organization, and deliver it externally as a fully aligned and engaging customer experience. It’s how we help manufacturers drive culture and draw customers, taking them further, faster.

 

 

 

 

The Alliance Website

The Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative of employers moving health care forward by controlling costs, improving quality, and engaging individuals in their health. We use our purchasing power to negotiate with and provide access to an extensive network of doctors and hospitals paid to improve quality by performing better not doing more.

 

 

 

 

 

Apache Stainless Equipment Website

Based out of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Apache Stainless is fortunate to be able to recruit and maintain employees with strong, Midwestern work ethics. This paired with an employee-owned culture empowers employees to create a positive experience for our customers that also affect our company in a positive way.

Apache is located in rural Dodge County having both agricultural and industrial influences. As part of a regional initiative, Apache supports and helps to direct the Manufacturing Business Alliance of greater Dodge County. The group continuously works to promote manufacturing careers with marketing, communication, educational and public events to parents, youth and people looking at what manufacturing can offer.

Since 2006, Apache has been employee stock owned; we became a subsidiary of Dexter Apache Holdings, Inc. This structure transforms into a culture that poses advantages for both customers and employees. Employee – owners are driven to create efficiencies, collaborate and innovate to help customers, because they are directly affected by the successes of the company.

 

 

 

 

 

Living As A Leader Website

Living As A Leader— we specialize in developing leaders in manufacturing environments .

Using a unique combination of training, coaching and success assurances, Living As A Leader develops people into highly effective, productive leaders. To achieve the results you seek, we employ a steady-progress-over-time approach to leadership development or customized leadership development services to fit any leadership challenge. We also offer eLearning, mobile app reinforcements and a 360-degree feedback assessment.

 

 

 

DigiCOPY Website

DigiCOPY, with locations in Stevens Point, Wausau, Eau Claire, La Crosse, Green Bay and Milwaukee, is the premier digital printer in Wisconsin.

Our management team brings over 150 years of combined print experience. We are a valuable asset to manufacturers, providing creative and cost-effective solutions-reduce cost and waste by printing only what you need when you need it.

Our Philosophy…

Customers: We strive to build long-term relationships with each of our customers. Together, we will provide the highest quality document solutions, employing digital technology and the dedicated, solution-oriented attitudes of our co-workers.

Co-workers: Each of our co-workers is a valuable member of the DigiCOPY family. We appreciate their opinions, and recognize their hard work. We value independent thinking and teamwork; and foster a flexible environment where creativity is rewarded.

Community: We acknowledge the invaluable relationships we form with our communities, customers, co-workers and suppliers. We will play a vital role within each community we serve, providing career opportunities and services unique to our company.

We believe in the responsible use of our resources. To find out more about our sustainable printing policy, visit www.dcopy.net/about-digicopy/green.php

DigiCOPY – Custom. Variable. On Demand.

Contact Brant Bergeron, VP of Marketing & Communications, [email protected] or 715-344-1896

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tailored Label Products Website

A two-time MOTY award winner, Tailored Label Products Inc. (TLP) offers custom labels and die-cut adhesives for the automotive, electrical, industrial, medical, and outdoor power equipment markets. Capabilities include the engineering and manufacturing of labels and adhesive components. Thermal transfer labels, ribbons, and equipment systems are also available. The company is ISO 9001, UL, CSA, and TS 16949 approved.

 

Big Systems Website

Big Systems is a 2D Wide Format and 3D Additive Manufacturing equipment, software and supplies dealer. We address equipment and supplies as components of a total integrated solution.

We represent the largest hardware manufacturers that include 3D Systems, Mark Forged, HP, Epson and others. We feature a broad line of Aqueous, Solvent, Eco-Solvent, UV-Curable, Latex, roll-to-roll, flatbed and our newest addition, 3D printing solutions. These product offerings are supported by our manufacturers with special pricing and discount programs. We have a diverse line of media as well as OEM and third party ink supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturn Lounge Website

Saturn Lounge is a full service creative agency bringing brands to life through visual storytelling. First, our concept creators and marketing specialists collaborate to develop your messaging and strategy to deliver it. Then, our production team of talented photographers, videographers, editors, web developers, and digital artists craft stunning visuals to help your brand stand above the rest.

Every brand has a story that must be told.  Let us help you tell yours.

• Logo & Branding Development
• Print & Packaging Design
• Photography
• Video Production
• Broadcast Commercial Production
• Website Design & Development
• Digital Marketing
• Trade Show Design
• Corporate Office Decor

 

 

 

 

 

Wipfli Website

 

With more than 1,900 associates, 47 offices in the United States, and two offices in India, Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation. For over 88 years, Wipfli has provided private and publicly held companies with industry-focused assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to help clients overcome their business challenges today and plan for tomorrow. Through the firm’s membership in Allinial Global, Wipfli can draw upon the resources of firms from around the world, helping businesses whenever and wherever they need it. For more information, visit wipfli.com.

Fiercely Focused on the Manufacturing & Distribution Industry

The Manufacturing and Distribution industry is Wipfli’s largest practice area. Today, Wipfli helps over 3,800 manufacturers and distributors of all sizes and types achieve excellence by bringing sound solutions, proactive advice, and a partnership commitment to every engagement. With industry expertise and insights, we offer solid strategic ideas from a wide range of perspectives including financial success, tax optimization, performance alignment, operational excellence, and workforce engagement. For more information, visit wipfli.com/manufacturing and follow Wipfli Manufacturing on LinkedIn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Excel Engineering Website

Founded in 1990, Excel Engineering is a full-service design firm located in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin that has grown to include over 160 professional architects, engineers and associates. Repeat business, client referrals and a reputation for superior plans have contributed greatly to a company that provides design services for over 650 million dollars of construction annually. Excel provides services nationwide and is registered in 50 states.

Employee ownership is the key to our success. As owners, we bring a long-term perspective and a commitment to quality that is unmatched in the industry. Our dedication to service has led to many long-term relationships in a variety of industries. We view these continuing relationships as having earned the highest of compliments.

“Always a Better Plan” is our mission at Excel. We provide a holistic approach to the design process including an in-house, full-service design team. Your building is more than a structure. It is where people, spaces and building systems interact to create the living and working environment. Our multi-discipline design teams provide overlapping attention to detail and work to seamlessly integrate your project. This process, combined with our commitment to your budget and schedule, is the foundation for your “Better Plan”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Translogistics Website

Translogistics Inc., headquartered in Birdsboro PA, has been providing logistics management services since 1994. We provide these services across all modes of transportation for clients in all types of industries. We are an asset-light company whose average client retention rate is 10.5 years. Our focus is to provide customized logistics solutions designed to enhance our clients’ supply chains and improve their bottom line. Our proprietary ViewPoint TMS software provides superior logistics capabilities and complete supply chain visibility for all departments for all fully managed clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

relayr Website

relayr is a rapidly-growing company, delivering the most complete IoT solutions on the market for the digital transformation of industries. We unleash more data from your existing machines and systems – from data inception to data insights – to improve your business outcomes. Our protocol-agnostic IoT middleware platform, device management and data analytics capabilities, and agile professional services teams are trusted by hundreds of companies worldwide. With relayr, any industry is empowered to implement fully interoperable IoT solutions guaranteed to achieve their target business outcomes.

 

Smarter connectivity. Better business outcomes. Guaranteed.

 

 

GPS Education Partners Website

GPS Education Partners is an innovative education model that prepares and partners high school juniors and seniors with businesses to accelerate technical education and drive success. Students who complete the rigorous program earn their high school diploma and nationally-recognized manufacturing certifications, as well as develop skills for life and experience a career in manufacturing by participating in a hands-on, immersive, blended learning setting in local manufacturing environments. By connecting the students and employers of today with the job opportunities and technology of tomorrow, the organization is revolutionizing how students prepare for a technical career. For more information, visit https://gpsed.org, and follow us on Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Geo Group Corporation Website

 

In a global marketplace, every manufacturer looks for solutions to remove barriers for success. At The Geo Group, we provide the exchange of information through translation and interpreting services needed to communicate effectively, with international distributors, multilingual employees and global partners in every form of print and electronic media.

We are committed to working with only the best professionals and specialists who have a passion for technical subject matter. The Geo Group collaborates with over 500 qualified translators¾ native speakers of virtually every major language in the world. Our skilled linguists, media experts, and project managers follow rigid ISO standards to achieve a top-quality product. We are driven to deliver superior customer service every time.

 

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Wegner CPA’s Website

Running a profitable manufacturing or distribution business is not easy. You have to control costs, manage inventory, keep an eye on cash flow and minimize taxes – all while driving sales and keeping up with the latest technology. That’s why you need advisors who understand your business and are always on hand to put their expertise to work for you. At Wegner CPAs, our accomplished manufacturing and supply chain team excels in helping companies increase profits and achieve their goals. We specialize in providing a complete range of accounting, audit, tax and consulting services for manufacturers. You get the advantage of being served by CPAs who have hands-on experience as CFOs and controllers in manufacturing and distribution companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

M3 Insurance – Networking Reception Sponsor

M3 Insurance Website

M3 Insurance offers insight, advice and strategies to help clients manage risk, purchase insurance and provide employee benefits. We are committed to being experts in both the products we represent and the industries we serve. Our people advance M3’s competitive advantage in the marketplace, and our focus on community builds better places to live and work. M3 is consistently ranked a top 100 broker in America.

 

 

 

 

GACCM Website

ICATT Website

“Industry Consortium for Advanced Technical Training (ICATT) is the leading apprenticeship program in the Midwest for high-tech manufacturers and companies with complex technologies or logistics. It is the only program fully benchmarked on the German Dual Education System – an approach recognized globally for its combination of company-specific knowledge, theory, and hands-on learning – resulting in highly-trained employees that position companies to embrace technical advances, keep pace with market demands, and harness growth opportunities.

The ICATT Apprenticeship Program was founded by the German American Chamber of Commerce® of the Midwest (GACC Midwest) in 2015, and is open to any company with operations in the Midwest. GACC Midwest, headquartered in Chicago with a branch office in Detroit, was founded in 1963. GACC Midwest is an integral part of the German Chamber Network (AHKs) with 130 offices in 90 countries around the globe. Our continuing mission is to promote and assist in the expansion of bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the United States, especially the Midwest.”

 

 

 

Blackhawk Bank – Breakfast Sponsor

Blackhawk Bank Website

Blackhawk Bank has a reputation as being the Bank for Manufacturing, a standing that secures and strengthens partnerships with our manufacturing clients. Many of our board members lead successful manufacturing companies, too; one could say manufacturing is in our DNA. Our team is ready, willing and excited to sit down with you to share real-world insights and reliable advice that can help you grow and prosper.

Offices in Beloit & Janesville, WI; Roscoe, Machesney Park, Rockford & Belvidere, IL

Member FDIC – Equal Housing Lender

 

 

 

 

The Employer Group – WIFI Sponsor

The Employer Group Website

The Employer Group provides human resources consulting, benefits administration and payroll processing services to small and medium size businesses.

 

 

 

 

 

3M Website

3M is a global innovation company that never stops inventing. Our beginnings were humble rocks, but after more than 100 years, we know how to rock science. Every day at 3M, we explore, we connect and we invent. And we’ve opened the door to show the world the unique, multi-dimensional ways 3M science can touch your life.

 

 

 

CTaccess Website

CTaccess offers three primary services to manufacturers and other industries.

We are experts at managing and operating IT for organizations that have 20 to 250 technology users. Our unique MSP process takes the pain out of managing and improving technology and allows your team to focus on growing and improving the organization.

Our Cybersecurity services to help organizations secure themselves against the onslaught of hacking and information theft, and help organizations meet compliance requirements of the defense industry, HIPAA, NIST, ISO and others. Our process is to Assess, Remediate, and then insure continued Protection and Compliance.

We also provide solutions that help an organization automate processes like Accounts Payable, Contract Management, HR Onboarding, and many others. These solutions significantly impact productivity as they automate the flow of information and approvals through an organization. We build these solutions on the award-winning ECM software platform, Laserfiche.

 

 

 

 

Ritter Knight Creative – Lunch Sponsor

Ritter Knight Website

Ritter Knight Creative is a design agency based in Green Bay, WI with clients throughout the United States. They specialize in website content management systems and digital marketing solutions to help their clients Rule the Web™.

In today’s world of multiple screens and devices, Ritter Knight’s content management solutions can help you maintain lots of different types of content. From the products your company sells, to the sell sheets your distributors use to make a buying decision, to even feeding data into mobile apps, your website is increasingly becoming that central hub that ties content and marketing with users and clients.

For maximum success, Ritter Knight uses a unique introspective / discovery process where strategy always comes first before any tactics or taglines are thrown around. Ritter Knight also empowers users with complete training to make sure they fully understand their design solution.
As a full service agency, they can also provide traditional print solutions, to make sure your messaging and branding stays consistent across all mediums. Whether you need just a little consulting, a full-blown website design solution with a side of digital marketing, or something in between, let Ritter Knight be your trusted partners in your business success.

 

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biztimes.com

In print, online and in person, BizTimes Media provides up-to-the-minute business news, thoughtful analysis and valuable strategic insights to southeastern Wisconsin business leaders.

Our award-winning print magazine, BizTimes Milwaukee, includes industry trend analysis, strategic advice and one-on-one interviews with Milwaukee’s top executives, achievers and up-and-comers.

BizTimes.com is the place to find the latest business news in southeastern Wisconsin. Convenient and timely daily and weekly e-newsletters are delivered to your inbox to ensure that you’re always up to date.

BizTimes events bring readers face-to-face with local, regional and national industry leaders. From our flagship BizExpo to our Nonprofit Excellence Awards, BizTimes presents and sponsors over 20 of the region’s most relevant and well-attended events each year.

 

insightforbusiness.com

Insight is the flagship product of Insight Publications, LLC. Our monthly business-to-business magazine connects you with the people you need to know, the ideas and resources you need to know about to make the most of your business and enjoy working and living in the New North.