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

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…

Jay Schmidt brings decades of experience to the Operational Excellence team


Jay Schmidt, OpEx Consultant When WMEP adds staff to our Operational Excellence team, our top criteria include strong manufacturing experience, a commitment to and proven history of continuous improvement and exceptional people skills. The newest member of our team, Jay…

Two recent Wisconsin manufacturing industry studies report that investments in automation are important to ongoing success.

Automation & Technology

George Bureau Vice President Consulting Services 84% of Wisconsin manufacturers with over $5 million in revenue, and 61% of manufacturers overall report that automation is important to their companies future according to the recent Wisconsin Manufacturing Report (WMR).  The WMR…

Key Findings from the Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™ 2022


Most (86%) Wisconsin manufacturers remain confident about their own financial outlook, despite half (50%) believing that the state’s economy is slowing down or in a recession, according to the newly released 2022 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™.  The 2022 Wisconsin Manufacturing Report™…

What level of risk are you comfortable with?

Cybersecurity, Uncategorized

By: Kathie Mahoney I have been thinking a lot about the risks we take everyday. Some we do not even process as a risk. Kathie Mahoney and Katy Westcott at SBA Awards 2022 ​​​​​Risk is seen differently from person to…

Manufacturers Identify Top Challenges They Expect to Face


By: Megean Blum and Nico Thomas Credit: iStock/Ong-ad Nuseewor When Nico asked me if I wanted to collaborate on this year’s challenges blog, my second thought after agreeing to the idea was a scene from the 2007 film “Music and Lyrics,” which I likely…

Consultant Rick Ruzga brings new level of breadth and depth to operations team

Certification & Standards, Operational Excellence

Rick Ruzga, Consultant, Operations Excellence Trying to capture everything our newest consultant, Rick Ruzga, brings to our operations team in just a few short paragraphs is a tall order. After all, he’s worked at companies of all sizes in a…

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