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.


Podcast Description:

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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Podcast Episodes:

Wisconsin Made. The Podcast. | Trailer (Spring 2021)

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 >


EP 1 | Manufacturing 2020: How Challenges Became Opportunity

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 TillyMichael 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 >


EP 3 | Manufacturers Impact for PPE, Testing Kit Supply | Teel Plastics | Baraboo, Wisconsin

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

In episode five of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we highlight Power Test Dynamometers out of Sussex, Wisconsin. Power Test began 2020 with momentum that was created the previous year and maintained it throughout. The company completed two acquisitions, expanded its manufacturing footprint and contributed 2% of revenue to charity and supported COVID relief in other ways like donating meals to local hospital workers. Read More.


| April 16, 2021 |                                                                                                                                                               Read More >


EP 6 | Manufacturers Respond to COVID-19, Shifts in Demand for Medical Industry | Ahlstrom-Munksjö | Kaukauna, Wisconsin

In our latest episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we feature Ahlstrom-Munksjö based in Kaukauna, Wisconsin who is the leading global and North American manufacturer of specialty paper products. From medical tapes that keep IVs in place and base papers for face masks and gowns to fast food carryout bags and nonperishable and frozen food packaging, we learn how Ahlstrom-Munksjö kept up with demand to ensure others could respond as needed to the pandemic.  Read More.


| April 23, 2021 |                                                                                                                                                               Read More >


EP 7 | Protecting Front-Line Workers, Employees & Community | Beyond Vision | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In this episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we highlight Beyond Vision out of Milwaukee who is a non-for-profit company with the mission to enrich the lives of people who are blind through the dignity of work. During this episode, we gain insights on how Beyond vision provided additional way-finding tools to allow employees with vision loss to safely navigate and social distance. Plus, we learn about how their strong culture helped them through the pandemic. Read More.


| April 30, 2021 |                                                                                                                                                               Read More >


EP 8 | Achieving Business Growth Amidst a Global Pandemic | CMD Corporation | Appleton, Wisconsin

In this week’s episode of “Wisconsin Made. The Podcast.” we feature CMD Corporation out of Appleton who focuses on delivering advanced technology in converting and packaging equipment by serving customers all around the world. During this podcast episode we learn about some of the innovative technologies that CMD implemented in order to work with the their customers virtually through the use of virtual reality goggles. Read More.


| 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 >


 

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