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Posted on Jan 14, 2020 :: Event News
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Manufacturer of the Year awards set for Feb. 20

The Manufacturer of the Year awards are slated for Feb. 20 at the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.

The program celebrates the successes of manufacturers in Wisconsin and honors innovations, philanthropy, technological advances, commitment to customer satisfaction and creation of quality jobs. Winners will be revealed and nominees honored at the 32nd annual Manufacturer of the Year awards ceremony.

Seven manufacturers from the New North are among 25 in the state nominated for awards. Regional nominees include: Fox Valley Wood Products, Inc., Kaukauna; MCL Industries Inc., Pulaski; Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Meats, Wittenberg; Orion Energy Systems Inc., Manitowoc; Outlook Group, Neenah; Professional Plating, Brillion; and Sargento Foods, Plymouth.

Manufacturing contributes $63 billion to the state’s economy — nearly 20 percent of the state’s gross domestic product — and employs one in six Wisconsin workers — roughly 475,000 people.

The event begins with a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. For more information or to register, visit wimoty.com/the-event/details-registration.

‘Focus and Go’ the theme of Manufacturing Matters

The manufacturing landscape is exciting and filled with many opportunities and challenges. With that in mind, “Focus & Go” is the theme of this year’s Manufacturing Matters conference at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, which will be held Feb. 27.

Steve Brown, a futurist and CEO of Possibility and Purpose, will help attendees understand these emerging possibilities during his keynote address at the conference. An energetic speaker, author, strategist and adviser with more than 30 years of high-tech experience, he is the former futurist and chief evangelist at Intel Corp.

The event also features six tracks with three sessions from which to choose for each one. The tracks include Strategic Growth, Improving Productivity, Improving Business Performance, Workforce Excellence, Leading for Success and Industry 4.0/Automation. A pre-conference and workshop are available on Feb. 26.

Visit wmep.org/events/manufacturing-matters-conference to learn more or register.

Nominations now open for Insight Innovation Awards

It’s now time to nominate a deserving company you know — or your own — for the Insight Innovations Awards.

The annual awards shine a spotlight on innovation in Northeast Wisconsin by honoring businesses and organizations with innovative ideas that are making a real difference in their industry or community. This celebration is designed to inspire and energize people to build on — and invest in — ideas to fuel the growth of the regional economy.

The event is designed for anyone interested in innovation — business, community and education leaders as well as innovation executives, venture capitalists and angel investors. This year, Craig Dickman, managing director of TitletownTech in Green Bay, is the event’s keynote speaker.

Insight’s confidential panel of judges assesses the nominations to determine a winner, based not only on the idea, but the results as well. Awards are handed out in four categories: Planet, Product, Process and People. Nominations are open through Feb. 15.

Also, save the date for the Insight Innovation Awards event, which will be held May 14 at 3 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Fox Cities Campus. To nominate or learn more, visit insightonbusiness.com/events/insight-innovation-awards.