The Stories Inside the Strength and Resilience of Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Community
Tune in each week to hear from Wisconsin CEOs and executives within the manufacturing industry to learn about their challenges, opportunities and success navigating their business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manufacturing creates economic growth and is the engine that drives the Wisconsin economy. On Wisconsin Made. The Podcast., the host Nick Novak, WMC Vice President of Communications & Marketing, takes you inside the vibrancy of Wisconsin manufacturers as he sits down with business leaders in the industry.
This podcast is in association with the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year program, a premiere annual awards program celebrating excellence in manufacturing in the state of Wisconsin. Thank you to our partners of this great program: Baker Tilly, Michael Best and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC).
We remain committed to our mission of recognizing excellence in manufacturing, and as part of that continued commitment, we want to showcase the strength and resilience of Wisconsin’s manufacturing community – even during a global pandemic. This podcast features stories of how traditional operations, processes and procedures may have shifted, re-envisioning manufacturing today. Now more than ever, it is crucial to come together as one community to remember that manufacturing is not only the backbone, but the engine that drives this great state’s economy.
Tune in each week to hear from Wisconsin CEOs and executives within the manufacturing industry to learn about their challenges, opportunities and success navigating their business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We will hear about their success stories and learn more about the future state of manufacturing in Wisconsin post-pandemic.
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Wisconsin Made. The Podcast. features stories of how traditional operations, processes and procedures may have shifted, re-envisioning manufacturing today. Now more than ever, it is crucial to come together as one community to remember that manufacturing is not only the backbone, but the engine that drives this great state’s economy. Read More.
| March 8, 2021 | Read More >
In the first episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” which is brought to you by Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year (MOTY) Awards program, host Nick Novak is joined by the MOTY program partners Baker Tilly, Michael Best and Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) to discuss why we started this podcast and what you can expect in future episodes as we highlight Wisconsin manufacturers ability to navigate their business throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More.
| March 19, 2021 | Read More >
EP 2 | Manufacturing Processes, Protocols and Tools Re-Imagined | Nicolet Plastics LLC | Jackson, Wisconsin
In the second episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we highlight our first manufacturing story as we feature Nicolet Plastics out of Jackson, Wisconsin. In 2020, they lived by their trademark: Fast, Fluid and Flexible. Nicolet Plastics had a customer who manufactured disposable PPE that suddenly experienced a huge increase in demand due to COVID-19. In less than two weeks, the company added a third shift and increased production from 200,000 parts per week to 600,000. Read More.
| March 26, 2021 | Read More >
In the third episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we feature Teel Plastics out of Baraboo, Wisconsin. In March 2020, Teel was asked by Vice President Mike Pence’s office to increase COVID-19 test kit production. In Response, Teel adjusted its priorities to increase production of swab stick handles for test kits. Throughout he episode, we learn how the company went from producing 100 million per month to 200 million per month in 2021. Read More.
| April 2, 2021 | Read More >
EP 4 | 2021 and Beyond: The Future of Manufacturing | Pindel Global Precision, PRODx & Linetec | New Berlin & Wausau, Wisconsin
In this week’s episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we highlight Pindel Global Precision and PRODx out of New Berlin and Linetec out of Wausau. These companies each experienced unique challenges in 2020 while also finding new business opportunities. Also, we discuss about how the pandemic affected global supply chains and how that’s a huge opportunity for manufacturers in Wisconsin. Read More.
| April 9, 2021 | Read More >
EP 5 | 2020: The Year of Re-Envisioning Operations in Manufacturing | Power Test Dynamometers | Sussex, Wisconsin
“Again, something we never would have considered in the past, but clearly something that is going to be part of a consideration going forward, so technology is a great thing and when you’re faced with still having to provide a result, we get kind of creative on how to get there.” – Rick Ruzga | President | Power Test Dynamometers
| April 16, 2021 | Read More >
EP 6 | Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19, Shifts in Demand for Medical Industry | Ahlstrom-Munksjo | Kaukauna, Wisconsin
“Beyond just the manufacturing platform, I think what we’ve learned as we service our customers was an awful lot about creativity and various ways to do things.” – Robyn Buss | Executive Vice President of Food Packaging & Technical Solutions | Ahlstrom-Munksjo
| April 23, 2021 | Read More >
EP 7 | Protecting Front-Line Workers, Employees & Community | Beyond Vision | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“Early on, we really just made the decision to trust our people, trust our culture and we did a lot of things to try to maximize safety.” – Jim Kerlin | President & CEO | Beyond Vision
| April 30, 2021 | Read More >
EP 8 | Achieving Business Growth Amidst a Global Pandemic | CMD Corporation | Appleton, Wisconsin
“We purchased virtual reality goggles so we could service our international and all our customers, including domestic customers, because we were limited to travel.” – Ricardo Abud | President | CMD Corporation
| May 7, 2021 | Read More >
EP 9 | Manufacturers Give Back: Community Engagement | OEM Fabricators | Woodville, Wisconsin
“It was a team effort and the face shields were distributed to hospitals in the Phillips area, Neillsville, and the Woodville area.” – Tom Aaby | Vice President of Business Development | OEM Fabricators
| May 14, 2021 | Read More >