Manufacturing Alliance

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. 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.
  • 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 Amanda Payne.


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Manufacturing Executive Council

Jim Zaiser

Chair
President/CEO
Hydro-Thermal Corp

Chris Shult

Vice Chair
President
Bevco Engineering Company, Inc.

Cheryl Aschenbrener

Business Partner
Sikich LLP

David Bahl Jr.

Owner/Plant Manager
Weldall Manufacturing, Inc.

Brian Baker

President and CEO
Sentry Equipment Corp

Betsy Bear Hoff

President
Alloy Products Corp

Bill Berrien

CEO
Pindel Global Precision

Larry Brown

CEO
Aries Industries, Inc.

Jeff Clark

CEO
Waukesha® Metal Products

Steen Coleman

President & CEO
M2M Group

Kim Erdmann

CEO
Schaefer Brush Manufacturing LLC

Waleed Gamay

Vice President of Operations
DreamPak LLC

David Gazzo

CEO
Felss Rotaform LLC

Neal Glaeser

President
Denali Ingredients LLC

Bill Goggins

CEO
Harken USA

Bob Gross

President
Gross Automation

Tim Hearden

SR Vice President of Operations
Generac Power Systems, Inc.

Ken Heins

CEO/President
KLH Industries, Inc.

Luis Hernandez, Jr.

Owner
Urethane Systems Plus Inc.

Greg Jennings

President & CEO
Wisconsin Oven Corporation

Rich Kaiser

Business Partner
Michael Best

Kevin Kane

Business Partner
First Business Bank

Neil Karolek

President
TLX Technologies LLC

Al Leidinger

President
Mathison Manufacturing, Inc.

Kent Lorenz

Community Leader

Tom McInerny

Business Partner
R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

John Miller

Treasurer
Engineering Specialists Inc

Michael Mills

General Manager
GE Healthcare

Bob Mortensen

Chief Operating Officer
HUSCO International

Jim Olson

Director of Business Development
Consolidated Construction Co Inc

Alan Petelinsek

CEO
Power Test Inc.

Craig Plowman

CEO
HeatTek, Inc.

Fritz Reich

President/Owner
Reich Tool & Design Inc

Rick Ruzga

President
Power Test Inc

Doug Sawyer

Vice President
Universal Welding & Engineering Inc

Don Schlidt

CEO
Dedicated Computing

Jim Schneberger

President
New Berlin Plastics

Jack Siehoff

Waukesha Site & Engineering Leader
INNIO Waukesha Gas Engines

Eric Skibo

Senior VP & General Manager
MetalTek International

Rick Steinke

VP of Manufacturing
Sentry® Equipment Corp

Mark Thurman

CEO
Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc.

Robyn Vaupel

President
Metropolitan Crane LLC

Jon Wehrli

President, Power Systems Division
Eaton, Cooper Power Systems Division

Scott Wendelburg

President & CEO
Winco Stamping

Thorsten Wienss

President/Owner
Trace-A-Matic

Todd Zakreski

President
HUSCO Automotive

J.P. Zvesper

Principal
Jacsten Holdings, LLC