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The University of Wisconsin Center for Quick Response Manufacturing will present the workshop “How to Use Manufacturing Critical-Path Time to Reduce Your Lead Time” on Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Quick Response Manufacturing, 3160 Engineering Centers Building, 1550 Engineering Drive, Madison. Speakers will include Ananth Krishnamurthy, director, QRM Center and Nathan Stoflet, manager of material flow, John Deere harvester works. For information, call (608) 262-4709 or visit


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The Wisconsin Business Council will present a symposium that will discuss the recommendations of a Wisconsin Business Council report titled “Be Bold Wisconsin,” on Tuesday, Aug. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the We Energies Public Service Administration Building, 231 W. Michigan Ave., Milwaukee. The report calls for changes to the Department of Commerce that will make the state more competitive and grow its economy. The report has an emphasis on Wisconsin’s manufacturing economy.

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The symposium will feature speakers such as;

  • William Strauss, Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and an expert on the manufacturing industry;
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  • Former Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary Cory Nettles;
  • Former Wisconsin Department of Commerce Secretary Bill McCoshen;
  • Representatives from Indiana, which has transitioned its Department of Commerce to a public/private entity;
  • A panel of manufacturers from across the state.

“This event offers an opportunity to discuss ways we can make the Department of Commerce more effective, in part by examining changes Indiana has made in recent years,” said Brian Taffora, vice president of government relations and operations for WBC. “In particular, we hope to examine how to retain and create manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin by hearing from representatives from the industry and speakers familiar with the respective Commerce Departments for Wisconsin and other states.”

For more information or to register for the event, call (608) 252-9245 or email


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