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

Hydro-Thermal Corp

Chris Shult

Vice Chair
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

Alloy Products Corp

Bill Berrien

Pindel Global Precision

Greg Block

First Business Bank

Larry Brown

Aries Industries, Inc.

Jeff Clark

Waukesha® Metal Products

Kim Erdmann

Schaefer Brush Manufacturing LLC

Michael Esser Jr.

Dielectric Manufacturing

Anthony Fettig

Entrust Manufacturing Technologies, Inc.

Waleed Gamay

Vice President of Operations
DreamPak LLC

David Gazzo

Felss Rotaform LLC

Neal Glaeser

Denali Ingredients LLC

Bill Goggins

Harken USA

Bob Gross

Gross Automation

Tim Hearden

SR Vice President of Operations
Generac Power Systems, Inc.

Ken Heins

KLH Industries, Inc.

Luis Hernandez, Jr.

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

TLX Technologies LLC

Al Leidinger

Mathison Manufacturing, Inc.

Kent Lorenz

Community Leader

Tom McInerny

Business Partner
R&R Insurance Services, Inc.

John Miller

Engineering Specialists Inc

Alan Petelinsek

Power Test Inc.

Matthew Rehmann

Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Fritz Reich

Reich Tool & Design Inc

Roger Roundhouse


Rick Ruzga

Power Test Inc

Doug Sawyer

Vice President
Universal Welding & Engineering Inc

Don Schlidt

Dedicated Computing

Jim Schneberger

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

Dynatect Manufacturing, Inc.

Robyn Vaupel

Metropolitan Crane LLC

Jon Wehrli

President, Power Systems Division
Eaton, Cooper Power Systems Division

Scott Wendelburg

President & CEO
Winco Stamping

Thorsten Wienss


Todd Zakreski

HUSCO Automotive

J.P. Zvesper

Jacsten Holdings, LLC