NEW Manufacturing Alliance to receive leadership award at international conference

NEWMA will also present its initiatives for workforce development

Margaret LeBrun
Posted by of Insight Publications

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance will be recognized as a Manufacturing Leadership Awards winner for its outstanding achievement in Talent Management Leadership at a conference in June.

“The national award is a great honor to the organization, especially being in the company with other winning manufacturers like Dow Chemical Co., Lockhead Martin, Ford, Boeing and Johnson Controls,” says Bill Bartnik, 2015-2016 chair of the Alliance and vice president of manufacturing at Sargento Foods.

The NEW Manufacturing Alliance will be recognized at the Manufacturing Leadership Awards Gala during the 13th annual Manufacturing Leadership Summit June 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif.

“It just shows the innovation and collaboration that Northeast Wisconsin manufacturers have, compared to anywhere in the country, let alone the world,” says Ann Franz, director of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. “They normally do not give this award to organizations, this is really for companies. Out of the 91 winners, all of the others were manufacturers, including Fortune 100 companies.  But they were impressed by our work — and that of the over 202 manufacturers in our organization.”

At the conference, the Alliance will also be presenting its work on changing the image of manufacturing careers and how to engage K-12 and higher education.

Franz will talk about such initiatives the Alliance coordinates as the annual Internship Draft Day held in November at Lambeau Field for students attending technical colleges, two- and four-year colleges in Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The day features a mock draft (modeled after the NFL draft) among students vying for paid internships at companies in the region. Packers President Mark Murphy announces the winners at the end.

Franz will also discuss the Get Real Math program designed for math teachers to help students understand how math is applied in manufacturing settings.

“We will be presenting on the talent initiatives that the organization has developed over the years,” Franz said. “We’ve really looked at this as a strategic approach, rather than a tactical, let’s-do-one-thing approach.”

The Manufacturing Leadership Awards honor manufacturing companies and individual manufacturing leaders who are shaping the future of global manufacturing. Winning projects and individual manufacturing leaders have demonstrated achievement in one of a wide range of categories, and are chosen by a panel of expert judges for results that have delivered clear and compelling value, return on investment, and other tangible outcomes.

Frost & Sullivan, a global business consulting firm based in Mountain View, Calif., hosts the event and manufacturing awards.

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