Waukesha County Chamber launches new Manufacturing Alliance

Group to address issues such as lean manufacturing, globalization, work force and more

The Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with First Business Bank-Milwaukee, has created the Manufacturing Alliance, a collective of the chamber’s members in the manufacturing and related sectors dedicated to share best practices on topics such as cost reductions, risk mitigation, business development and more.

The Manufacturing Alliance will hold its first meeting on Friday, April 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center, 1200 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield.

“With manufacturing comprising 21 percent of the workforce in Waukesha County, the Waukesha County Chamber recognizes that manufacturing plays a key role in the county’s continued financial growth and success,” said Suzanne Kelley, the chamber’s president.

The April 16 event will include a presentation from the Manufacturing Alliance’s steering committee, including Steve Dyer, president and CEO of Dickten Masch Plastics; Aaron Jadgfeld, president and CEO of Generac Power Systems; E.J. Kubick, president of MetalTek International; Kent Lorenz, president, Midwest Region of Ellison Technologies; Brian Masterson, vice president, global supply chain, GE Healthcare; and Judie Taylor, president of Dueco Inc.

The Manufacturing Alliance will hold several programs this year and beyond. They include:

  • Lean manufacturing in action
  • Workforce issues such as availability, skills needs and training
  • Globalization
  • Safety and ergonomics
  • Reducing rising health care costs
  • The business climate in Wisconsin
  • Local issues such as water, the West Waukesha bypass and Zoo Interchange.

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