MADISON, Wis. -- Paul D. Ericksen has been named manager of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Advantage program, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership announced today.
In his new role, Ericksen will direct a national initiative to enhance the performance of small and midsize suppliers to large military contractors. Ericksen will work closely with suppliers, military contractors and officials with the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and deploy uniform strategies to reduce costs and improve efficiency.
Ericksen, a 30-year veteran of Deere & Company, played a key role in creating and improving Deere’s supplier development initiatives. A well-known advocate, writer and speaker, Ericksen has won state and national recognition for his efforts to establish a consortium to improve the performance of suppliers to large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Ericksen is a former member of the State of Wisconsin’s Small Business Development Board and also has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Quick Response Manufacturing.