Yearly Archives: 2017

The Robots are Coming!

Three very clear trends will transform manufacturing in the coming years. Additive Manufacturing changes the fundamental ways parts are designed and created. Connected devices make operations more visible and expand the ability to run operations remotely. Automation and robotics refashion jobs as costs plummet and capabilities explode. These clear and unstoppable trends will impact all […]

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Finally…

Overcoming the Body Gap by keeping the Wisconsin economy growing with fewer people remains the biggest challenge we will face in the coming decade. In order to make that happen, we need to change the way we prepare our young people and how we discuss career options. I grew up in Madison, living in a […]

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Big Doin’s

“Big Doin’s” That’s what my Grandma would say anytime there was something exciting happening. She never saw a need for pronouncing the “g” in doings when using it to describe parties, the State Fair, graduations – anything that brought people together and generated a little excitement. All Grandma had to do was say, “There’s big […]

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WCMP Announces New Board Chair and Members

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity (WCMP) elected new leadership and members at its recent board of directors meeting. The Board elected Ed Paradowski, president of Apache Stainless Equipment Corporation in Beaver Dam, to chair the WCMP board of directors, succeeding Tom Jacobson, vice president of operations at Bruno Independent Living […]

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Fairness or the Future?

“It’s not fair.” Maybe I’m getting cranky as I get older and that’s why fairness disputes sound more and more like whining rather than uplifting discussions about the future. Maybe it’s just that our present situation provides one of the great opportunities to improve our world and we’re missing the chance to act decisively to […]

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Old Dogs. New Tricks.

“You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” We’ve all heard the saying hundreds of times and most times it’s true. You can try. You will usually fail. Try too hard and you’re likely to wind up with a bloody hand and a grumpy dog! Still…there must be some hope – especially as I become […]

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The Cancelled Contract

News Flash: The world has changed! That’s not earth-shaking news. Still, we all feel a little quiver beneath our feet as accelerating change ripples through all our lives and leaves us in a new place. Those same quivers are causing the work world to move to a new place – one that’s not as stable […]

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MEP Program Shows Nearly 9:1 Return to the Federal Treasury

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A recent study by the W.E. Upjohn Institute found the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of nearly 9:1 for the $130 million annually invested by the federal government. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a federal public-private partnership […]

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GenMet’s Mary Isbister Appointed to NIST MEP National Advisory Board

Mary Isbister, President of GenMet, a custom metal fabricating company located in Mequon, Wisconsin has been named to the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) Advisory Board (www.nist.gov/mep). The NIST MEP Advisory Board is a national board that is legislatively mandated and established pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act […]

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