Manufacturing Business Blog

Helpful articles from manufacturing experts to help your organization grow sales, reduce risks, and retain employees.

Investing In Manufacturing Automation

Automation & Technology

Carol Crawford WMEP Senior Consultant Operational Excellence, Supply Chain, Six Sigma Black Belt Faced with an array of workforce challenges, Wisconsin manufacturers are investing in process improvement and automation as a means of dealing with an increasingly tight labor market….

4 Best Practices for Better Strategic Planning

Growth & Strategy, Uncategorized

Strategic Planning. Rarely were there two words viewed with more reluctance, dread, and disappointment. The process of strategic planning is often considered too time consuming for manufacturers, especially when their immediate needs are more pressing. For others, it’s too intimidating as it comes…

Employee Recruitment: Winning the War for Talent

Human Capital, Uncategorized

By Chris Czarnik, CEO of Career Research Group, Award Winning International Speaker | Author | Business Trainer | Chris Czarnik, CEO of Career Research Group The intensifying struggles facing companies in their quest to recruit employees has been brewing for years, a…

Want Growth? Move From Startup Plan to Strategic Plan.

Growth & Strategy

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader A well-written startup plan has its purpose. It can open doors, help secure financing, and lay the groundwork for performance. Once the doors are open, companies can outgrow those early plans…

5 Reasons to Pursue a Purpose-Driven Strategy

Growth & Strategy, Human Capital

As Simon Sinek recently acknowledged, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy WHY you do it.” That understanding and the competitive leverage it can bring is the foundation of a purpose-driven strategy. To be sure, having a purpose can generate a…

7 Tips for Establishing Metrics to Keep You Competitive

Growth & Strategy

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader From metrics that measure the health of your business, to key performance indicators (KPIs) that identify progress toward your business goals, tracking performance is essential in the highly competitive manufacturing industry….

Four Factors for Fueling Transformational Growth

Growth & Strategy, Uncategorized

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader Consider this: Manufacturers that came through the 2008 recession the strongest are those that made aggressive moves during the 2010 recovery and were rewarded from 2011 to 2013 with sustained revenue…

Wisconsin Automation Implementation Grant 

Automation & Technology

Effective immediately the WEDC working with  the Wisconsin MEP Network, including: WMEP Manufacturing Solutions & UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center, is offering the Wisconsin Automation Implementation Grant to help lower the risk of automation technology implementations by providing expertise and offsetting some…

Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Announces Finalists for 2022 Sustainable Business Awards

Sustainability, Uncategorized

September 1, 2022 Milwaukee, Wisconsin – The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council (WSBC) is proud to announce its 2022 Sustainable Business Award Finalists. The Sustainable Business Awards celebrate recipients for showing cutting-edge environmental, social, and governance leadership while rewarding them for…

How Smaller Manufacturers Can Develop Risk Management Strategies for Their Supply Chains

Growth & Strategy, Uncategorized

By: Katie Rapp Credit: iStock/thitivong The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light a stark reality about current supply chains. As Nissan Motor Co.’s Chief Operating Officer Ashwani Gupta points out, “The just-in-time model is designed for supply-chain efficiencies and economies of scale. The…

Intro to the AS9100 Standard

Certification & Standards

If you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer (SMM) working in the aviation, aerospace, or defense industry — or if you’re planning on breaking into this sector — it can be difficult to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the regulatory standards…

Introducing Christa Kananen

Sustainability, Uncategorized

Christa Kananen, Program Manager & Consultant Have you ever noticed that people who are really good at their job, tend to bring not one but many skillsets to it? Case in point: Christa Kananen, Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s (WSBC) new…

Improving Employee Retention In Manufacturing

Human Capital

Competing for talent in a tight labor market is challenging enough, but once Wisconsin manufacturers have success in attracting employees, it becomes increasingly important to then focus on retention strategies. Beth Aldana, Service Line Leader/Senior Consultant for Operational Excellence There…

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