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Who is cwima?

Central Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance

Training and Workforce Development

Training & Workforce Development

We develop training opportunities for new and incumbent employees looking for fostering creative training models while increasing employee attraction and retention for members.

CWIMA Scholarships

Scholarships

We’ve created a scholarship fund awarding over $50,000 to area K-12 students used for continuing their career aspirations in manufacturing at either NTC or Mid-State Technical College.

CWIMA Memberships

Membership

Create a diverse and active membership and Board of Directors of Manufacturing Members, Affiliate Members, Associate Members, Workforce Development Agencies, and Educational Partnerships for achieving and maximizing our goals.

Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Create free, innovative, short-term summer programs at our technical colleges, exposing students to advanced manufacturing careers, allowing for free college credits in 23 related manufacturing career paths.

Heavy Metal Tour

Heavy Metal Tour

Create educational awareness opportunities area 8th grade students and teachers, bridging awareness of manufacturing-related career paths and their influence and importance to our economic sustainability.

Move to Manufacturing

Move to Manufacturing

Businesses are teaming up, offering free training as the manufacturing industry grows. Get skills and knowledge needed for a manufacturing job along with the support needed for success.

Expo Sponsors

Meet Our Speakers

We're proud to have three incredible keynotes lined up for our inaugural expo! All three have fascinating topics to share: their experiences, expertise, and enthusiasm.
Register today to experience all the 2021 CWIMA Manufacturing Expo offers.

Wilson Jones
8:00 to 8:50 am

Wilson Jones

Oshkosh Corp

Culture Transition

Wilson Jones shares how Oshkosh Corporation is increasing awareness and excitement of manufacturing trades opportunities for manufacturing trades and the gap, future need for manufacturing trades and expected gap, and the specific challenge at Oshkosh. Add to Calender

Kurt Bauer
9:00 to 9:50 am

Kurt Bauer

WMC

US Economic Outlook for 2022 and Beyond

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Matt Kirchner
10:00 to 10:50 am

Matt Kirchner

ATS/LAB Midwest

(sponsored by Greenheck Group)

Artificial Intelligence for All

Industry 4.0 and AI technologies aren't just for Fortune 500 companies. Smart sensors, smart devices, digital twins, neural networks, deep learning, and machine learning are revolutionizing the way manufacturers do business. In this fast-paced presentation, Matt Kirchner reviews the latest manufacturing technology advancements and analytics and shares how these are transforming manufacturers, large and small.


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Agenda

Choose three breakout sessions from a total of 15. Topics are broken into five categories:
Education • Information Technology • Insurance • Manufacturing • Legal/Accounting

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Location: Ballroom

Your digital manufacturing environment combines data, devices, and connectivity to increase efficiency and innovation. Unfortunately, it is fraught with security risks from Cyber Hackers constantly working to gain access to your information. During this session, we will share a security plan which reduces the technology complexity and security risk. All attendees will have the opportunity to have a free security assessment and dark web scan to identify if your company credentials are for sale.


During this session, we share a security plan which reduces the technical complexity and security risk. All attendees will have a free security assessment and dark web scan to identify if your company credentials are for sale. Add to Calender


Location: State B1

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Location: State B2

Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM) is an enterprise-wide strategy to cut lead times in shop floor and office operations for manufacturing companies that are high-mix, low-volume, or have customized products.

It helps you launch products to the market quicker, respond faster to customer orders, deliver quotes before the competition, and compete in a rapidly changing manufacturing environment.

It increases profitability by reducing cost, enhancing delivery performance, improving quality, and increasing revenues.

QRM can be used as a complement to existing strategies, such as Lean or Six Sigma.

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Location: State B2

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Location: State B4

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Location: Ballroom

This breakout shows you how to get the ideal placement of physical security throughout your organization.

We will also cover best-case uses in video surveillance on the plant floor to increase efficiency and quality requirements.
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Location: State B1

Need-to-know alternatives that can improve your plan, help you manage costs, and maximize employee retention without compromising health care quality.

Business owners and HR leaders continue to face rises in this top expense item, along with pressure and limitations from a difficult local provider market. There are innovative new options, tactics, and strategies that every employer needs to know about and be prepared to explore.

Direct-contracting, on-site/near-site clinics, bundled services, employee facing technology and concierge services, alternative funding strategies, group risk-sharing, and others.

With each creative solution we’ll overview the leading players, the requisites, the opportunities and pitfalls, and the starting place for exploring so business leaders can leave the room with ideas for what will work best for their unique organization. Add to Calender



Location: State B2

We designed this session to help business leaders understand how selling needs to change to align with today's evolving business climate. The aim is to provide attendees with the ability to assess their current sales and marketing infrastructure approach to determine how well-positioned they are to seize the growth opportunity predicted as our economy fully re-opens.


Specifically, we'll focus on how the manufacturing sector, like many others, benefits by updating approaches related to attracting new prospects, engaging them, and selling more deeply into current customer relationships. This naturally transitions us into reviewing why the sales process may need a tune-up to align with notable changes in the buyer's journey. This is sure to be a 50-minutes filled with thought-provoking content! Add to Calender


Location: State B3

There are many reasons business owners use trusts to protect family assets, including closely-held businesses.

Trusts are often used to minimize or reduce transfer taxes, such as gift and estate taxes. Trusts are also used to protect business interests from creditors' claims and provide a mechanism to promote family harmony when not all family members are engaged in the family business.

Attorneys Dave Fenlon and Melissa Kampmann discuss the benefits of using trusts in business succession planning and how to use trusts while still achieving flexibility for future generations.

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Location: State B4

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Location: Ballroom

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Location: State B1

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Location: State B2

Before 2020, organizations across the country struggled to find and keep talent. The pandemic placed additional stress on finding and keeping staff. Today, as our nation emerges from the pandemic, some organizations will flourish while others will falter as they attract, re-engage and keep staff.


This session provides insights into the essential "what" and "how" of recruiting and keeping a post COVID world. You'll walk away with ready-to-use skills and actions!
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Location: State B3

After building a thriving business, entrepreneurs often hope their companies will perpetuate into the future. No matter which path an owner chooses for their business, transferable value is the common denominator of a successful transition. Truly understanding a business and its value goes beyond numbers. Whether the business is a newly launched startup or getting ready to plan an exit strategy, now is the perfect time to understand the transferability characteristics.

Learning Objectives

  • • Understanding the transferability characteristics of a company
  • • Actionable thoughts and ideas that unlock transferable attributes
  • • How to embed transition planning into the overall business strategy
  • • How Covid-19 has impacted business transition planning
  • • Insight and perspective on the future of business transitions

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Location: State B4