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Regional Economic Development Organizations Collaborate To Support Manufacturing In Wisconsin

February 22, 2012

Press Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Joni Geroux
February 20, 2012 Phone: (715) 232-5222
Email: gerouxj@uwstout.edu

Menomonie, WI — The Northwest Wisconsin Manufacturing Outreach Center (NWMOC) at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in collaboration with Grow North, Centergy, Nicolet College, Langlade County Economic Development Corporation and Northcentral Technical College will offer an opportunity for manufacturers to gain insights and collaborate with their peers and economic development resources on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 in Antigo, WI.

The NWMOC, along with its trade association, the American Small Manufacturers Coalition, recently released the results of its 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing (NGM) Study, identifying key trends affecting the industry and steps U.S. manufacturers can take now to be successful in the next generation. The study, conducted by the Manufacturing Performance Institute, finds that this is a critical point in time for U.S. manufacturing, and manufacturers must assess whether they have the workforce, business systems, equipment and strategies in place to successfully compete in the future. While external factors like the economic downturn present challenges, manufacturers can remain competitive by focusing on six strategies assessed by the NGM Study as a blueprint for success. Manufacturers can discover and identify where they are relative to the survey results, where they need to go and how they can get there. Lunch and NGM activities will be held Noon – 3:00 p.m.

Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation will host their Manufacturers’ Professional Group Winter Dinner meeting activities from 3:30 – 7:30 p.m. beginning with a tour of local manufacturer, Zelazoski Wood Products. Guest speaker, Brad Schneider will present “The International Opportunity: the Importance & Imperative for Wisconsin Manufacturers to Become Engaged”. Schneider is the Export Development Manager for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

For more information and to register, call 800.544.3039 extension 4905 or workforcedevelopment@nicoletcollege.edu.

The NWMOC, under the Discovery Center umbrella at UW-Stout, is part of a nationwide network of federally supported Manufacturing Extension Partnerships. The NWMOC provides services to small and midsized manufacturers in 33 counties in northern and western Wisconsin to help them compete in a global economy. In partnership with Chippewa Valley, Northcentral, Nicolet Area, Western and Wisconsin Indianhead technical colleges and UW-Stout, the NWMOC delivers training and technical assistance needed to improve and grow manufacturing businesses.

Last year NWMOC’s clients reported, through third-party independent surveying, $28 million in impacts, 135 jobs created and 179 jobs saved as a result of NWMOC services. Clients gave NWMOC an 8.44 customer satisfaction rating on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest possible rating.