Our ability to put things together builds a strong economic foundation

Manufacturing is a clear driver of Marathon County’s economy — accounting for 39.5% of dollars earned here. It’s also a very diverse sector with strengths in advanced metal fabrication, food processing, paper manufacturing and door/window manufacturing. Each of these sectors supports a variety of innovative satellite industries as well. And that — innovation — is what sets us apart. Each of these sectors has a long and storied history of adaptation and ingenuity, each of them continually adopting processes and producing new products that contribute to their efficiencies and profitability. With a skilled labor force adept in advanced manufacturing and educational institutions that partner with manufacturers to offer continued workforce training, manufacturing has a strong future. Collaboration is key — and you’ll see evidence of it here.


A Mosinee manufacturer is embarking on a $1.8 million expansion project expected to create 63 jobs over the next three years.
On Wednesday, July 9 Governance Studies hosted the 3rd annual John White, Jr. Forum on Public Policy. The topic was Regional Manufacturing Hubs in the US, and we heard from a number of different experts. As noted in a recent White House report, the manufacturing industry is growing, but there is still much work to be done.
It has been well documented that companies are struggling to find individuals with the skills required for today’s advanced manufacturing workplaces. These skill shortages pervade all stages of manufacturing— from engineering to skilled production. This workforce crisis originates with a misperception of modern manufacturing that has been passed down to a generation of job seekers.
In the competitive world of manufacturing, few things are worse than failing to deliver products on time. Delivery delays can permanently damage relationships with customers or, even worse, drive them toward a competitor.
Phil Masiello, the co-founder and president, has more than once found himself in a dire situation: while traveling, he realized the night before a key meeting that he had forgotten his razor at home.
Business adoption of new technologies often flows from the personal use of these technologies. This can certainly be said when it comes to mobile apps and devices; the ability to download an app in seconds, share photos and data via the Cloud in real-time, and communicate from any location at any time have evolved from “nice to have” to “need to have.”
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