More than 500 people focused on the state of manufacturing in the New North region Wednesday
at the second annual Wisconsin’s Manufacturing First Expo & Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.
Keynote speaker Jim Morgan, vice president of Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, kicked off the event by offering ways to solve the skills shortage problem that leaves manufacturers with opens positions they are unable to fill. He challenged the group to improve the perception among students, parents, teachers and other centers of influence that manufacturing is a viable career option in this day and age.
He encouraged them to:
- Raise awareness of the value of manufacturing.
- Change manufacturing’s image.
- Engage people by bringing them in to the workplace to show them what’s going on and how things have changed.
Tim Sullivan, former CEO of Bucyrus and now state of Wisconsin special consultant, highlighted a newly released report with specific suggestions to build a 21st Century workforce that will help Wisconsin be competitive.
During breakout sessions, participants heard panelists discuss how their organizations focus on innovation, find quality talent in the midst of a skills shortage, and position Wisconsin’s competitiveness in the global market.
The event was presented by First Business Bank in partnership with Insight Publications and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, along with Gold Sponsors Baker Tilly, Faith Technologies, M3 Insurance, and WMEP. Silver Sponsors were the City of Green Bay, Sadoff Iron & Metal, Webouts and WEDC.