Wisconsin Manufacturing Conference: Just Say No To The Status Quo

Conference aims to teach manufacturers how to change their businesses to compete globally.

On April 25, Milwaukee, Wis. will host 700 participants from more than 250 manufacturing firms for a conference devoted to manufacturing excellence.

The 10th annual Manufacturing Matters! Conference will focus on the best practices of organizations that have seen sustainable and profitable growth.

Workshops at this year’s conference include lean manufacturing, e-business, supply chain management and reducing health care costs, among others.

Author Oren Harari will address the conference, cautioning business leaders against what he calls the “commoditization” of products and services and the homogenizing effects of globalization on American businesses.

“Our goal is to provide manufacturers with the tools and techniques they can use to make immediate improvements to their businesses,” said Michael Klonsinski, executive director of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP), which hosts the event. “Manufacturing is a strong and vibrant $44 billion industry in Wisconsin, but change is essential for manufacturers to compete globally. The status quo in no longer an option.”

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