Waukesha Metal Products

    Address: N53 W24635 S. Corporate Circle Sussex, WI 53089

    Website: www.WaukeshaMetal.com

    Year Founded: 1971

    Product or Service offered: Complete metal-forming services including custom metal stamping, sheet metal fabrication, tool design and build, and assembly.

    Projected 2013 Revenue: $31 million

    President and CEO: Jeffery Clark

    Other key members of the leadership team: Michael Steger, vice president and COO; Bob Markowiak, program manager; Bill Milbrath, operations manager; Vicki Pinnow, human resources

    Target Clientele: Automotive, light, medium and heavy duty vehicles, aerospace, audio, electronics, lighting, medical and dental equipment, military, and consumer products.

    Business organization memberships: Precision Metalforming Association, Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, Milwaukee 7, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, National Association of Manufacturers, Waukesha County Business Alliance, Sussex Chamber of Commerce, Grafton Chamber of Commerce, Automotive Industry Action Group, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Grafton Manufacturing Alliance

    What has fueled your company’s growth?: “We have balanced organic growth this year by expanding business with current customers and closing on a large number of target accounts in related industries.”

    What is the biggest obstacle to your company’s growth?: “Our ability to attract new talent with the needed skills into the organization is critical to maintain our growth curve. A key challenge for our industry is to assure the public education system provides career tracks for young people that includes skilled trades apprenticeship programs.”

    Who are the business people, locally or nationally, whom you admire? And what traits do those people exhibit that make you admire them?: “Those that have found a disciplined approach that provides a reasonable return for all stakeholders while achieving balance in life with family and friends.”

    What is the outlook for the business conditions of your industry over the next several months?: “Manufacturing continues to be an economic bright spot in most market sectors, but any positive condition seems fragile at this point.”

    What is your company’s most important growth strategy right now?: “Executing a disciplined business model every day.”

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