Manufacturing Business Blog

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

Sustainability Driven Innovation


By Mark McDermid, Sustainability Consultant Mark McDermid, Sustainability Consultant Mark Twain once quipped “The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. Similarly, reports of the demise of sustainability are also quite exaggerated. Sustainability-driven innovation may be a key to…

Promega’s Corporate Responsibility Journey


Questions by Mark McDermid, Sustainability Consultant, WMEP & WBSC Answers by Corey Meek, Corporate Responsibility Lead, Promega Corporation Why and how did you get started on your sustainability journey? Environmental stewardship has been part of Promega since the early days…

Prioritizing Sustainability Topics


Michelle Miller, Senior Sustainability & Product Stewardship Specialist, Appvion Operations, Inc. By Michelle Miller, Senior Sustainability & Product Stewardship Specialist, Appvion Operations, Inc. With so many different topics in sustainability, it’s hard to know where to start sometimes. You have…

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….

Featured WMEP Manufacturing Solutions Staff Member: Stephen Smiley


Stephen Smiley, Senior Consultant Stephen Smiley spent a major portion of his career working for a large, multinational corporation revered for its operational excellence before shifting into leadership roles at smaller manufacturers. Smiley has taken that varied knowledge and experience…

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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