Manufacturing Alliance

The Manufacturing Alliance of Southeast Wisconsin serves as a platform for manufacturers to share ideas, encourage innovation, work together to transform the image of manufacturing and target new talent. The Manufacturing Alliance was formed in 2010 in response to the critical needs of our manufacturers, who account for 20% of industry — or 1 in 5 jobs — in Waukesha County.

Here are some programs of the Manufacturing Alliance:

  • Manufacturing Executive Council – Comprised of manufacturing leaders who set the strategic direction for the Manufacturing Alliance, this group works to raise the profile of manufacturing in Waukesha County, share best practices and attract a talented pipeline of skilled labor.
  • Schools2Skills™ – The Alliance launched Schools2Skills™ in 2011 to take Waukesha County high school students on tours of local manufacturing facilities, showcase potential career opportunities and debunk misconceptions of the industry. Celebrating ten years, we are proud to announce that more than 4,000 students have participated in Schools2Skills™.
  • OpEx tours – Company and operation leaders tour area manufacturers to share best practices, offer leadership level learning opportunities and foster a strong manufacturing environment in southeast Wisconsin.
  • HREx programs – An opportunity to share best practices with other manufacturing human resources professionals from around Waukesha County.

If you’re interested in learning more about this group, contact the Alliance.

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Manufacturing Executive Council

Chris Shult

Bevco Engineering Company, Inc.

Craig Armstrong

Scan-Pac Manufacturing, Inc.

Cheryl Aschenbrener

Sikich LLP

Doug Bayerlein

Woodway USA. Inc

Betsy Bear Hoff

Alloy Products Corp

Bill Berrien

Pindel Global Precision

Greg Block

First Business Bank

Larry Brown

Aries Industries, Inc.

Michael Esser Jr.

Dielectric Manufacturing

Sarah Esser


Waleed Gamay

DreamPak LLC

David Gazzo

Felss Rotaform LLC

Bill Goggins

Harken USA

Bob Gross

Gross Automation

Mark Hammer

The Prestwick Group, Inc.

Ryan Healy

Superior Crane Corp

Tim Hearden

Generac Power Systems, Inc.

Ken Heins

KLH Industries, Inc.

Greg Jennings

Wisconsin Oven Corporation

Rich Kaiser

Michael Best

Neil Karolek

TLX Technologies LLC

Glenn Kormanik

Zero Zone, Inc.

Dan Lorenz

Wildeck Inc

Kent Lorenz

Community Leader

Tom McInerny

R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

John Miller

Engineering Specialists Inc

Alan Petelinsek

Power Test Inc.

Matthew Rehmann

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Rick Ruzga

Power Test Inc

Doug Sawyer

Universal Welding & Engineering Inc

Jim Schneberger

New Berlin Plastics

John Schneider

Lake Country Manufacturing

Eric Skibo

MetalTek International

Michael Steger

Waukesha Metal Products

Mark Thurman

Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc.

Robyn Vaupel

Metropolitan Crane LLC

Marcease Warren

Sentry Equipment Corp

Jon Wehrli


Scott Wendelburg

Winco Stamping

Jim Zaiser

Hydro-Thermal Corp

Todd Zakreski

HUSCO Automotive