Improving Employee Retention In Manufacturing

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. There are several factors that companies have control over as it relates to retaining employees, starting with the onboarding process for new hires. “This ultimately […]

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Prioritizing Sustainability Topics

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 water usage, energy efficiency, pollution prevention, employee training and education, community engagement, wellness programs, product life cycle assessment, responsible sourcing… and that is just to name […]

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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 of the company. From restoring a native prairie on the Fitchburg campus to becoming the […]

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Sustainability Driven Innovation

By 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 both the recovery and resiliency of many businesses as well as growth and competitive prowess. Consider that 62% of […]

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Right approach crucial to maximize international sales

ExporTech™ program can help Author: Dan Steininger, Milwaukee BizTimes, Reprinted from 10/11-24, 2010 Every business leader knows the number one task is to continue to grow revenues on a profitable basis. Larry Page, the cofounder of Google, famously said: “We understand the need to balance our short- and longer-term needs because our revenue is the engine […]

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Technology Transfer Acceleration by the MEP National Network

By: Brian A. Weiss From my standpoint, technology transfer is not easy, especially when attempting to introduce a new capability or technology into the manufacturing sector. Smaller manufacturers in particular present unique environments and challenges that must be appropriately understood if the transfer is to be successful. NIST researchers have an ally that makes technology transfer […]

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Cybersecurity and Industry 4.0 – What You Need to Know

This blog is part one of a series on cybersecurity and Industry 4.0. This morning my favorite local morning news program had an interesting segment on new slang words and what they mean. While the definitions were probably not necessary for Millennials or Generation Z, for Baby Boomers like me it was an eye-opening vocabulary […]

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Cybersecurity for the Manufacturing Sector: Reduce Data Integrity Breaches with NIST SP 1800-10

April 21, 2022By: Dr. Michael Powell Industrial control systems (ICS) help manufacturers boost productivity, optimize efficiency and advance production lines. Historically, ICS networks were isolated from the information technology (IT) networks and internet, or “air gapped.” Today, air gapping is no longer an effective security strategy, and for various business reasons, many ICS manufacturing networks are […]

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Realizing the Blazing Potential of Promising Workforce Programs

I remember well when the phrase “a thousand points of light” entered regular usage. Popularized by President George H. W. Bush, the phrase referred to individuals and organizations that provide valuable and even life-saving work in communities around the country. In 1990, President Bush founded the Points of Light Foundation. As a kid interested in social […]

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