Manufacturing Business Blog

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

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

Talent & Culture, 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, Talent & Culture

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…

Go Fast Manufacturing First Company Selected for WEDC Automation Implementation Grant

Automation & Technology

WMEP’s AutomationAdvisor™ assessment a critical step in the process Imagine this scenario. You run a thriving, well-respected equipment manufacturing company. Sales are up, you’ve grown your production space and added new employees. You have ambitious growth goals and some good…

Amy Tesch is newest member of WMEP’s business development team


By: Vicky Franchino Amy Tesch Last fall, WMEP added a new position to our team: Business Development Specialist. We created this role to help Wisconsin manufacturers more effectively access all WMEP has to offer, and it’s proven so valuable we’ve…

Revolutionizing American Manufacturing

Automation & Technology

February 2, 2023By: Katie Rapp Credit: iStock/vm A major focus of the current administration is revitalizing American manufacturing, and new technologies are changing the way things are made. Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Director Pravina Raghavan recently appeared on Government Matters TV, where she…

How to Perform a Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action

Certification & Standards, Operational Excellence

February 7, 2023  |  Quality It’s not uncommon for manufacturers to run into issues with quality or other types of non-conformances. What they do next determines how effectively they can overcome that challenge and enhance their profitably when making their…

New WMEP CEO/Executive Director Chris Baichoo committed to “pay it forward” for Wisconsin manufacturers


Chris Baichoo – Executive Director/CEO Read through Chris Baichoo’s profile, and you’ll find the impressive credentials and skillset you’d expect to see from someone who’s just been selected as WEMP’s CEO/executive director. For instance, he’s opened global markets for manufacturers…

When in Crisis, Manufacturers Can Look to Kata

Operational Excellence

January 5, 2023By: Sarah Burlingame Credit: iStock/Morsa Images There is more to lean manufacturing than improving a few processes. Sustainable lean success requires a companywide culture of continuous daily improvement. Companies that develop their people to think scientifically, using facts…

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