Net-Work the theme for this year’s New North Summit
The 15th annual New North Summit will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Fox Cities Exhibition Center in downtown Appleton. Registration is open for the full-day event, which will continue to feature a variety of the popular “ED Talks” around economic development, along with attendee networking and the sharing of regional success stories.
Themed “Net-Work,” the 2018 Summit is geared toward business executives, education leaders, nonprofit heads, manufacturers, IT professionals, elected officials, community members and other stakeholders from around the region and state.
Networking begins at 8 a.m., followed by the start of the 2018 Summit program at 9 a.m. Online registration can be completed at newnorthsummit.com. Early registration is available for $75 until Sept. 15. The entry fee increases to $90 after that date and to $100 at the door on the day of the event. Student tickets are available for $15.
WMC to announce ‘coolest thing’ winner at luncheon
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce will hold its annual State of Wisconsin Business & Industry Luncheon Oct. 9 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison.
This year’s event will feature a discussion panel comparing the policy decisions in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota and the impact they have on each state’s economy. Additionally, attendees will hear from international site selector Brian Smith, a partner at EY, and, tentatively, a keynote address from Gov. Scott Walker.
The day includes the announcement of the winner of the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. Voting for the contest runs through Oct. 9.
Last year, roughly 150 products were nominated, and nearly 200,000 votes were cast. Products from across Wisconsin were nominated including cheese, boats, food carts, iron castings, beer, motors and snow blowers, with Oshkosh Corp. and its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle winning the top prize.
After the nomination period, the contest uses a popular vote system to determine the Top 16 products. From there, the Top 16 will be placed into a bracket-style tournament called Manufacturing Madness. Products will compete against one another in head-to-head matchups, and the products that receive the highest votes in each matchup will advance to the next round.
Tickets to the event are available for $125 per person or $1,000 per table. Visit wmc.org/event/state-of-wisconsin-business-event/ to register or learn more.
Generac to host Next Generation Manufacturing Summit
The annual Next Generation Manufacturing Summit is slated for Oct. 4 from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Generac headquarters in Waukesha.
The event features presentations and a panel discussion from CEOs of southeastern Wisconsin-based manufacturing companies. They will share their companies’ strategies for success, along with the whys behind their best practices for competing in a global marketplace and how they strive to be world-class manufacturers in the 21st century.
The morning features a moderated panel discussion. Panelists include Aaron Jagdfeld, president and CEO of Generac; Keith Coursin, president of Desert Aire; Paul Woelbing, president of Carma Laboratories Inc.; and Rich Simonson, chief operating officer of Carma Laboratories.
The event also includes roundtable forum discussions around topics such as transformational productivity, veterans in the workplace and the Foxconn supply chain from an insider’s perspective. Visit biztimes.com/mfg to register or learn more.
Internship Draft Day coming to Lambeau Field Nov. 8
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Northeast Wisconsin Educational Resource Alliance will host the third annual Internship Draft Day at Lambeau Field Thursday, Nov. 8. The event includes more than 60 companies looking for college student talent in paid internships, part-time jobs and apprenticeships.
Created for students, employers and higher education faculty, Internship Draft Day offers more than 300 paid jobs, a $1,500 scholarship for the No. 1 draft pick and $500 for the No. 2 pick, food and refreshments, and a free draft day jersey. Sponsors include Plexus, Parker Hannifin, Pioneer Metal Finishing, M3 Insurance, NPS Corp., Miller Electric Mfg. and BPM Inc.
The event runs from 3 to 6 p.m. Visit internshipdraftday.com to learn more.
Get Real Math videos to debut at October event
The NEW Manufacturing Alliance will debut its latest round of Get Real Math videos at a premiere event to be held Oct. 2 at the Meyer Theatre in Green Bay.
The free educational videos include a teacher lesson plan and spotlight real world problems at manufacturing companies. The organization has helped create 50 math videos. Companies that will debut the newest videos include: Fincantieri Marinette Marine, Georgia-Pacific, Kohler Co., TIDI Products and Werner Electric. To register for this or any NEWMA Manufacturing Month event, visit newmfgalliance.org/events.