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  • Manufacturing Alliance Partners








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  • Purpose

    A platform for manufacturers to share ideas, encourage innovation, work together to transform the image of manufacturing and target new talent.

  • Charter

    We the members of the Waukesha County Manufacturing Alliance pledge to promote the advancement of manufacturing in the greater Waukesha County area. Our collective goal is to raise the image and awareness of manufacturing as a viable and prosperous career path, and to highlight the necessity of a strong manufacturing base in ensuring the security and opportunities for future generations. We will provide a forum to share and distribute information and provide connections to the exceptional resources in Waukesha County.

    We will, in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, engage in discussions and actions to drive the following initiatives: Best Practice Sharing, Cost Reduction, Risk Mitigation, New Business Development, and Improving the Perception of Manufacturing. These initiatives will be pursued in a manner consistent with ensuring the sustainability of our businesses as an on-going concern, while promoting the sustainability and prosperity of the communities in which we operate and live.




    The Waukesha County Manufacturing Alliance serves as a platform for manufacturers to share ideas, encourage innovation, work together to transform the image of manufacturing and target new talent, in partnership with Wisconsin Coach Lines/Coach USA, Consolidated Construction, First Business Bank, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, R&R Insurance Services, Inc. and Sikich LLP.


    The Waukesha County Business Alliance and leading area manufacturers formed the Waukesha County Manufacturing Alliance in 2010 in response to the critical needs of our manufacturing employers. Manufacturing accounts for 20% of industry -- or 1 in 5 jobs -- in Waukesha County. An unstable economy, coupled with negative perceptions of manufacturing, has made it imperative that the group dispel the myth that American manufacturing is “dead.” The Manufacturing Alliance holds CEO listening sessions, programs, and manufacturing tours for external audiences – all highlighting that manufacturing is “alive and well” in Waukesha County and the region.




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    Schools2Skills Tours Continue Changing
    Perceptions of Manufacturing



    The Waukesha County Business Alliance is celebrating five years of their Schools2Skills™ program. The program gives Waukesha County high schools the opportunity to tour local manufacturers and see firsthand the innovative and advanced technology right here in Southeastern Wisconsin. The tours conclude at Waukesha County Technical College, where attendees learn about the education available for these types of opportunities.

    Understanding that many people have never toured a manufacturing facility, the program has taken over 2,000 students, parents and teachers inside some of the area’s leading companies to learn more about manufacturing, career paths and salaries. The Alliance and its partners are dedicated to changing the old perception of manufacturing from dark, dirty and dangerous to what modern manufacturing is all about: bright, clean and safe. A career in industry allows those with highly technical skills to excel and succeed.

    Click here to see the results of our 2015-2016 Schools2Skills tours.



    Manufacturing Executive Council 

    Mike Erwin
    Partner/Director, Tailored Label Products, Inc.


    Jeffrey Clark - Vice Chair
    President & CEO, Waukesha® Metal Products

    Cheryl Aschenbrener
    Partner, Sikich LLP


    Dave Bahl Sr.
    President, Weldall Mfg., Inc.

    Brian Baker
    President, Sentry® Equipment Corp


    Rich Buss
    President, Glenroy, Inc.

    Rick Craven
    President, Acurate Specialities, Inc


    Keith Everson
    President, Sussex IM

    Bill Hegeman
    President, SPX Transformer Solutions


    Ken Heins
    President & CEO, KLH Industries, Inc

    Patrick Henderson
    Director of Government Affairs, Quad/Graphics


    Luis Hernandez, Jr.
    Owner, Urethane Sysems Plus Inc

    Aaron Jagdfeld
    President & CEO, Generac Power Systems


    Ronald Janusz
    President, Northern Gear & Machining, LLC

    Richard Kaiser
    Partner, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP


    Kim Korth
    President & CEO, Dickten Masch Plastics

    Nick Kroll
    President & CEO, Aries Industries, Inc.


    Kent Lorenz
    Chairman & CEO, Acieta LLC

    Chuck Madore
    CEO, M2M Group


    Tony Mallinger
    President, Metal-Era Inc.

    Mike Mallwitz
    President, Busch Precision Inc


    Frank Maurer
    Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

    Peter McCormick
    President & CEO, Magnetek


    Todd Meissner
    President, Color Ink, Inc.

    Mike Mills
    General Manager, GE Healthcare


    Bob Mortensen
    COO, HUSCO International

    Alan Petelensik
    President, Power Test Inc


    Joel Quadracci
    President, CEO & Chairman,

    Austin Ramirez
    CEO, HUSCO International


    Dave Strand
    President & CEO, Wisconsin Oven Corporation

    Dave Vetta
    President & CEO, First Business Bank


    Thorsten Wienss
    President & Owner, Trace-A-Matic

    Jim Zaiser
    CEO, Hydro-Thermal Corporation


    Todd Zakreski
    President, HUSCO Automotive



  • For more information, please contact the Alliance at 262.542.4249 or