A Message from our Executive Director

At CWIMA our main goal is to invest in highly motivated students who are embracing the technology and skills needed to support the workforce of the future. Providing exposure to the career sector is just the beginning. We tackle this challenge with the introduction of The Heavy Metal Tour® and provide an opportunity for 8th grade students to envision what a career in manufacturing might look like.

Over the course of the next four years, these students are provided the resources necessary for training, friendly competitions, and a possible opportunity for a scholarship to any of our Technical College partners.

Finally, our partnerships within CWIMA run very deep. We could not be prouder of our middle and high school partners and the amazing amount of support we receive. The same goes for our Technical College partners, they have been an integral part of our ability to move the workforce needle and have carried the torch numerous times, making us all more successful. Our member companies are dynamic and unified in attracting quality talent. You all have been so supportive in our mission to generate not only the brightest young minds but invest in the workforce of tomorrow and for that I say, Thank You!

Tait Strand

Our Board of Directors

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Keith Hilts

Superintendent at Wausau
School District

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Michael Matuszak

CPA at Kerber Rose

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Amy Ebeling

Attorney at Ruder Ware

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Andrew Halverson

Executive Vice President
Ellis Construction

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Ann Micholic

Vice President Human Resources
Kolbe Windows & Doors

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Mark Snyder

Employee Development Manager, Diversified Food & Health
JBT Corporation

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Ron Polum

VP of Operations
Pointe Precision

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Jim Waldron

Wausau Tile

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Dave Pflieger

Past Owner/President Lemke Industrial Machine LLC

About Central Wisconsin Manucaturing Alliance

The manufacturing industry in Central Wisconsin is thriving!

The Central Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (CWIMA, pronounced “swima”) exists to share valuable resources, events, and unified voice to promote manufacturing in our region.

Together we are:

  • Increasing awareness about the products and economic impacts of local manufacturers
  • Leveraging skills training and opening doors to career opportunities in manufacturing
  • Building relationships with educators, students, parents and individuals with manufacturing companies in local communities
  • Changing the perception of manufacturing and the skilled trades

Finding and keeping talent in manufacturing is a key priority. CWIMA is actively partnering with local K-12 educators to showcase in-demand careers and growth opportunities, connect students and job seekers to local companies, and change the perception of the manufacturing trades.

Join CWIMA today to sustain the future of manufacturing in Central Wisconsin!

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