There is no doubt that culture has a significant impact on an organization’s ability to achieve strategic results. But what is equally important, if not more important, are the values defined by the organization because it’s the values that govern how the strategy should be accomplished. Con…

WAUSAU – A pair of businesses received awards at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce's third annual Manufacturing Excellence Awards held on Tuesday, October 16. The Chamber honored manufacturers that have demonstrated excellence in their practice at the event held at the Hilton Garden Inn …

Quick response manufacturing allows businesses to focus on time-based metrics to improve their overall operations. This can be particularly effective for manufacturers that deal with low volume, high mix products.

MERRILL, Wis. -Church Mutual Insurance Company raised $154,507 for Merrill Area United Way in September during its annual fundraising event, raising its total contributions to the agency to more than $1.4 million since 2000. Employees raised $77,253.50 in 2018, and the company matched it dol…

WAUSAU – Travis Hartwig, the Republican Nominee for State Treasurer, will be speaking briefly at 5:30pm during Northwest Tool and Manufacturing’s 2nd annual Manufacturing Day Open House on October 5th, 2018. The event runs from 5pm-7pm, and Mr. Hartwig will be available for conversation and …

Dan and Kimm Weber, owners of Timekeeper Distillery, purchased the Hiawatha train depot located at 720 Grant St. Their new business will be an iconic purveyor of fine cocktails and spirits. Tours will be available which will focus on the distillation process as well as the history of the tra…

A fundamental reality of successful lean management and delivering impactful cost improvement initiatives is that it should always be done so as to not come at the expense of your most important resource; People.

MADISON – The United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) today released state-by-state employment and unemployment rankings showing that Wisconsin's robust manufacturing industry continues to add jobs at a historic rate, with Wisconsin ranking 1st nationally in the …

WAUSAU – Northwest Tool is hosting its 2nd annual Manufacturing Day Open House on October 5th , 2018 from 5pm-7pm. #Mfgday is a nationwide event that closes out manufacturing week, during the first week of October. Manufacturers around the country offer tours, speakers, or similar events to …

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), in collaboration with Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the state's regional economic development organizations is hosting fi…

Reshoring and nearshoring are terms you’re likely to hear more of in the coming years as more and more U.S. companies, with facilities and connections overseas, seek new opportunities closer to home to remain competitive in today’s global economy. This is an opposite approach to offshoring, …

In January, Wisconsin launched a $7 million ad campaign aimed at luring young workers from Chicago to leave the frenzy and expense of city life and find all the wonder and opportunity the Wisconsin job market has to offer. It's an attempt to attack the state’s existing talent shortage, a gap…

Manufacturing is alive and well in Northeastern Wisconsin and beyond. The recently published 2018 Manufacturing Vitality Index from the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance revealed that 99 percent of respondents expect their companies’ financial health in the next 6-12 months to be he…

Recent legislative activity secures the Research and Development Tax Credit (R&D credit). The PATH Act of 2015 was a significant progression on an R&D historical path that has been favorable to American manufacturing and certain other industries. The trend continued in October 2016 w…

There is no doubt that factories will look much different in the next decade than they do today. One only needs to look at what some of the premier companies are doing with Augmented Reality (AR), Robotics and the Internet of Things (IoT) Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES).

For years now, there's been a large effort focused on the sales/marketing divide. That dysfunction has cost companies in the form of miscommunications resulting in lost business, missed opportunities and degraded customer experiences. Largely glossed over is a root cause of that dysfunction:…