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Events & Tours

Many facility tours and presentations are being planned in communities throughout the month of October to celebrate the industry that made Wisconsin the powerhouse it is today.  See following list of events and tours scheduled in Wisconsin by date.

Contact Susan Nyffenegger, (608) 258-3400, to post an event or tour in your area.

OCTOBER 1

TLX Technologies, Pewaukee
Open House:  9 am to 4 pm
Facility tours, hands-on demonstrations, discussions and presentations covering all aspects of manufacturing from engineering through production. Contact Janella VanRens to schedule a group tour or for any media inquiries, (262) 970-8660.

WATCH THE VIDEO! TLX Grand Opening Launches Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin from WMEP on Vimeo.

OCTOBER 2

State of Wisconsin Business Luncheon, Madison
Featuring David Azerrad with The Heritage Foundation, a panel of business leaders talking about the obstacles and opportunities facing their companies, and Governor Walker (invited) to conclude the event.  Contact Susan Nyffenegger at (608) 258-3400 for more information.

 

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Superior
Superior's Manufacturers Revealed
Facility tour and presentation from 5 to 8 pm.  Call (715) 394-6677 or email charlie.glazman@witc.edu for more information.

OCTOBER 4

Aries Industries, Inc., Waukesha
Come and tour our Headquarters and manufacturing facility. See how we hand-assemble a robotic camera. Talk with engineers and technicians who design our products. Tour the facility and see how we transform a basic utility truck and customize it to hold all of our equipment. We will have one hour tours, starting at 8:30 am and 10 am. Call (262) 446-5605 or email katie.galarza@ariesindustries.com for more information.

 

Cooper Power Systems by Eaton, Waukesha
Cooper Power Systems by Eaton invites anyone interested in manufacturing and over the age of 13 to join us for a facility tour and presentation from 10 to 11:30 am. Call (262) 896-2501 or email mackenzierbarron@eaton.com for more information.

 

Domtar Paper Company, Rothschild
Facility tour from 9 to 10:30 am. Call (715) 886-7061 or email craig.timm@domtar.com for more information.

 

DUECO, Inc., Waukesha
Two one-hour tours starting at 8:30 am and 10:00 am.  Learn how the utility bucket trucks and digger derricks that help keep the power on for us all are designed, built and serviced to provide many years of reliable, safe use. Hear how their customer focus and new status as a woman-owned company will open additional doors for growth. Visit with engineers and get up close to the trucks and those who build them. Hear about the qualities that are important as DUECO employees and the programs and culture that make DUECO a great employer in Waukesha County. Call (262) 547-8500 to reserve your spot(s) for a tour.

 

Generac, Eagle
Generac is the #1 manufacturer of home standby generators, and leading designer and manufacturer of manual and fully automatic transfer switches and accessories for backup power applications up to 50 kW. Tours available from 1-4 pm.  Contact Marni Lemberger for more information, (262) 544-4811.

 

GenMet, Meqon
Hosting tours from 8:30 am until 5 pm.  Groups will be instructed in metal fabrication in our training room and then tour the front office and shop floor. Examples of every work station will be shown. Shop floor quizzes and interactive activities will occur. Estimating to engineering through production and to shipping will be covered.  Email erici@genmet.com or call (262) 238-7000 for more information.

 

JARP Industries, Schofield
Facility tour from 1:00-2:00 pm.  Email lindas@jarpind.com or call (715) 359-4241 ext. 324 for more information.

 

Kieffer Signs, Sheboygan
Kieffer & Co., Inc. will host an open house and provide tours for students and faculty to come and see their state-of-the-art manufacturing plant that utilizes cutting-edge technology that has allowed them to become one of the largest and most successful sign companies in the U.S. today. Tours will be given during 8-11:30am. Refreshments will be provided.  Email jfuhrmann@kieffersigns.com or call (920) 453-4125 for more information.

 

Madison-Kipp Corporation, Madison
Facility tours, discussions and presentations covering manufacturing.  Sessions from 9-11 am and 1-3 pm.  Contact Mark Meunier for any inquiries, (608) 242-5270.

 

Metaltek International - Wisconsin Centrifugal Division, Waukesha
Tour and presentation beginning at 3 pm. The Wisconsin Centrifugal Division of MetalTek International has been a proud member of the Waukesha community for over 60 years. Learn how our more than 500 employees serve customers from around the world with products that reach the depths of the oceans to the depths of space. Consider a career in skilled machining, welding, foundry, engineering and production planning at one of the largest centrifugal foundries in the world right here in Waukesha. Call (262) 544-7722 or email marlo.wendlick@metaltek.com for more information.

 

Modine Manufacturing Company, Racine
McKinley Middle School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9 to 10:30 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

 

Necedah Screw Machine Products, Inc., Necedah
Open house with facility tours from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.  This event will be open to the public.  Necedah Screw Machine Products is a contract precision machining operation that has been in business since 1963.  For additional information, please contact John Belmonte at (608) 565-5060.

 

Nelson Bros. & Strom Company, Racine
Gilmore Middle School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9 to 10:30 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

 

Oshkosh Corp., Oshkosh
Touring FVTC Advanced Manufacturing Center and Baldor Generator from 11 am to 3 pm. Sponsored by Oshkosh Corporation. Email wlong@oshkoshcorp.com for more information.

 

Pioneer Products, Racine
Mitchell Middle School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9 to 11 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

 

Precision Plus, Elkhorn
Facility tours and presentations for students from 8 am to 3 pm.  Call (262) 743-1700 or email buttersb@preplus.com for more information.

 

Racine County Workforce Development Center, Racine
Facility tour.  Email james.folsom@goracine.org or call (262)638-6565 for more information.

 

Reed Switch Developments Corp., Racine
We will be giving tours and serving refreshments from 1-3 pm. We will also be answering questions pertaining to the Manufacturing Industry. Call (262) 883-9060 or email edespins@reedswitchdevelopments.com for more information.

 

Rentapen, Inc., Waukesha
Open house from 9 am to Noon with facility tour and refreshments.  Email straley@rentapen.com for more information.

 

Stoughton Trailers, Stoughton
Facility tour and education fair for area technical education students, faculty and administration from 9 am to 1 pm.  Call (608) 873-2610 or email keithw@stoughtontrailers.com for more information.

 

Super Steel, Milwaukee
Three sessions available to attend, including a 15-minute presentation and a 60-minute tour of our facility. Session times are 8-9:15 am, 10:00-11:15 am, and 1-2:15 pm.  Email heather.krugler@supersteel.com or call (414) 362-9114  for more information.

 

Tailored Label Products, Inc., Menomonee Falls
An interactive tour of a state of the art, award winning, lean manufacturing facility.  Tour scheduled from 10:00-11:00 am.  Email csveom@tailoredlabel.com or call (262) 703-5000.

 

Twin Disc, Racine
Starbuck Middle School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9 to 10:30 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

 

Ultra Tool & Manufacturing, Menomonee Falls
Take part in their plant tour to see how they take each project from start to finish. From tool design and construction to part production and completion, participants will receive an in-depth look at the manufacturing process and guidance on the various skills and education needed.  Tour scheduled from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Email teresa.metzger@ultratoolmfg.com or call (262) 703-0455 for more information.

 

Unisig Deep Hole Drilling Systems, Menomonee Falls
Facility tour at 6 pm.  Call (262) 252-3802 or email mstarshak@unisig.com for more information.

 

Waukesha Metal Products, Sussex
Visit from 12-5 pm for facility tours and presentations beginning every hour on the hour. See first-hand the metal stamping and fabrication process and learn about prosperous career opportunities.  Email alalley@waukeshametal.com or call (262) 820-9000 for more information. Waukesha Metal Products is also hosting roughly 80 students of John Long Middle School's 8th grade class from 1-2 pm to educate them about metal fabrication and the careers available in manufacturing. Waukesha Metal Products welcomes the public to join them during that tour as well.

 

Wiscon Products, Racine
Jerstad Middle School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9 to 10:30 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

 

Xten Industries, Kenosha
Tours and presentations from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Call (262) 605-8047 or email kbuchanan@xtenindustries.com for more information.

 

OCTOBER 8

Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show, West Allis
The Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show is Wisconsin’s largest manufacturing event, with more than 5,000 in attendance at the last show. This year it’s back with more of everything — 80,000+ square feet of exhibit space full of displays, demonstrations, products and services. Experience the latest technologies, find new suppliers and see machines up and running. Interact with industry leaders and discover new processes to solve your manufacturing challenges. This show runs October 8-10.

OCTOBER 9

MCE Manufacturing Career Expo:  Helping Create the Workforce of Tomorrow, Menomonee Falls
This event brings together local manufacturers, students and post secondary schools to raise awareness of the career opportunities available in the local manufacturing industry and the corresponding educational pathways to achieve these careers.  MCE is produced in partnership by: Menomonee Falls, Germantown & Sussex Chambers of Commerce.  Event held at Davian’s Banquet & Conference Center, 16300 West Silver Spring Road in Menomonee Falls.  Contact Toni Gumina Yates at Menomonee Falls Chamber of Commerce, (262) 251-2430.  Expo runs Oct 9-10.

Wed, Oct 9
2-6 pm:  Open to the Public; students, parents, educators
6-8 pm:  Networking Event, Welcome Address by Christopher Barnard, President & CEO Wacker Neuson Corp.

Thurs, Oct 10
8 am - 2 pm:  Organized groups of high school students (500+ scheduled so far)
2-4 pm:  Open to the public -- students, parents, educators

 

Tailored Label Products, Inc., Menomonee Falls
An interactive tour of a state of the art, award winning, lean manufacturing facility from 11 am to 1 pm. Call (262) 703-5000 or email csveom@tailoredlabel.com for more information.

OCTOBER 10

Chippewa Valley Technical College, Chippewa Falls
Safety Day is a conference designed for participants to learn about a wide variety of safety and health-related topics in a single daylong conference. Sessions are fast-paced and provide the most relevant, up-to-date information based on today's OSHA standards and regulations. Several workshops will give participants practical experience and certifications. Facility tour and presentations from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.  Email jcather@cvtc.edu or call (715) 874-4644 for more information.

Racine County Workforce Development Center, Racine
Our Company, Your Career
This employer panel discussion will consist of manufacturing professionals who will discuss their organizations, their products, and what manufacturing opportunities are available in their organizations. Attendees will gain industry knowledge and insight into the employers who are making manufacturing the key driver industry in Southeast Wisconsin. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

OCTOBER 11

Dentsply Ortholab, Racine
Horlick High School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9 to 10:30 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

Fischer Precise USA, Racine
J.I. Case High School: this experience will give students a first-hand look at what today’s high-tech manufacturing industry looks like. Facility tour from 9:15 to 11 am. Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

OCTOBER 16

WCTC's Discover Manufacturing Event, Pewaukee
Discover what manufacturing looks like in the 21st century and how it can provide a solid career opportunity for your son or daughter. Meet cutting-edge manufacturers in the community and see the types of products they produce. Learn about high-paying and high-demand industry careers. Explore WCTC industrial labs and receive information on the types of education needed to secure careers in manufacturing. Event will take place from 5-7 pm at Waukesha County Technical College.  Contact jschwarz5@wctc.edu for more information, (262) 691-5167.

OCTOBER 17

Racine County Workforce Development Center, Racine
Women in Manufacturing
Manufacturing offers an array of careers and today women play a key role in ALL of them. Come and meet women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry and want to share their perspectives on the industry, their experiences with their respective organizations, and their career pathways that have helped them to grow into their current roles. Presentation and facility tour from 9 to 11 am.  Call (262) 638-6565 or email lsom@goracine.org for more information.

OCTOBER 18

Lakeshore Technical College, Cleveland
Lakeshore Technical College and home-field host Vollrath Company team up to celebrate Manufacturing Month and launch the Kickoff Your Manufacturing Career Tailgate Tour. Governor Scott Walker will headline the program that will champion the strong future of manufacturing in the Lakeshore area and will discuss how business and education leaders are working together to ensure a winning formula for a strong, skilled workforce well into the next quarter century. The Kickoff Event will be the official launch of a two week public tour of the LTC Advanced Manufacturing Mobile Lab. Call (920) 693-1196 or email bret.blizzard@gotoltc.edu for more information.

The Mobile Lab is a self-contained training lab designed to deliver manufacturing curriculum to high schools and businesses. It will be open to the public at the following locations in Manitowoc and Sheboygan Counties:

October 16:  Mishicot Business Summit at Fox Hills Resort -- 4:30-7:00 pm
October 17:  Valders Valders High School -- 3:00-5:30 pm
October 18:  Sheboygan Vollrath Company -- 4:00-5:30 pm
October 21:  Manitowoc Manitowoc Job Center -- 3:00-5:30 pm
October 24:  Kiel High School -- 3:00-5:30 pm
October 28:  Sheboygan Sheboygan South High School -- 3:00-5:30 pm
October 29:  Plymouth High School -- 3:00-6:30 pm

OCTOBER 22

CVTC Gateway Campus, Eau Claire
Dispelling the Myths of Manufacturing event to feature a panel discussion with Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch; GenMet President, Mary Isbister; and Generac COO, Dawn Tabat, along with interactive sessions with educators, public sector involved in education and workforce development, and high-level manufacturing representatives.  Event will be held 8 am to 10 am.  Contact Mark Tyler for more information at MarkT@oemfab.com or (715) 698-7333.

Schools2Skills Tour, Kenosha
Kenosha Area Business Alliance and Kenosha County sponsored industry tour for Wilmot Union High School students. The tour will include a visit to Five-Star Fabricating, Allied Plastics and Gateway Technical College iMet Center, where students, parents and teachers will learn about the career pathways available in manufacturing and the skill sets required to be successful in the industry. For more information, contact Brooke Infusino with Kenosha Area Business Alliance at (262) 605-1100.

OCTOBER 24

Racine County Workforce Development Center, Racine
Apprenticeships, Stepping Stones to Careers in Manufacturing
Join Sandra Breitzman, apprenticeship coordinator for the State Dept. of Workforce Development, and representatives from companies who utilize apprenticeships to learn about how apprenticeships work and what apprenticeships are available in our community. An apprenticeship might help you to transition into a career in manufacturing. Facility tour and presentation from 11 am to 1 pm.  Call (262) 638-6565 or email james.folsom@goracine.org for more information.

 

Rockline Industries, Sheboygan
NEW Manufacturing Alliance sponsored plant tour to Rockline Industries for Sheboygan South High School.  The tour will include a visit to Lakeshore Technical College, along with insights on manufacturing careers from Sargento Foods employees.

 

Schools2Skills Tour, Kenosha
Kenosha Area Business Alliance and Kenosha County sponsored industry tour for Indian Trail High School students. The tour will include a visit to Ocean Spray, LMI Packaging Solutions and Gateway Technical College iMet Center, where students, parents and teachers will learn about the career pathways available in the food and beverage industry and the skill sets required to be successful in the manufacturing. For more information, contact Brooke Infusino with Kenosha Area Business Alliance at (262) 605-1100.

OCTOBER 25

Schools2Skills Tour, Kenosha
Kenosha Area Business Alliance and Kenosha County sponsored industry tour for Tremper High School students. The tour will include a visit Rust-Oleum, IRIS USA and Gateway Technical College iMet Center, where students, parents and teachers will learn about the career pathways available in manufacturing and the skill sets required to be successful in the industry. For more information, contact Brooke Infusino with Kenosha Area Business Alliance at (262) 605-1100.

OCTOBER 28

Green Valley Enterprises, Beaver Dam
The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions will host a manufacturing event at Green Valley Enterprises to view the subcontracting work that GVE does using special needs employees for businesses, including John Deere.  The event will take place from 9-10 am.  Lt. Governor Kleefisch has been invited. For more information about this event, call (920) 887-4282.

OCTOBER 29

Gateway Technical College's Manufacturing ExpoSturtevant
Gateway's Manufacturing Expo is a field trip opportunity that will expose students, parent chaperones, and educators to today's manufacturing careers and creat awareness of local opportunities at world-class companies.   Contact Cheryl Norton for more information, (262) 619-6728.  This Expo will be held Oct 29-30.

Middle School Tours:  Tues, Oct 29 between 8 am and Noon
High School Tours:  Wed, Oct 30 between 8 am and Noon


UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center, Menomonie

Manufacturing Advantage Conference from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Email gerouxj@uwstout.edu or call (866) 880-2262 for more information.

OCTOBER 30

NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s “Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards”, KI Convention Center in Green Bay
Recognizing educators and companies that are working together to promote manufacturing careers. Winners include Miller Electric, Walker Forge, Amerequip, Brillion High School, Green Bay Southwest High School and Little Chute High School. A silent/live auction will be held to raise money for college scholarships. Last year over 200 people attended the event that raised $3,000 in college scholarships. Event runs from 5:30-8:30 pm.

OCTOBER 31

Manufacturing First Expo & Conference, KI Convention Center in Green Bay
Over 120 exhibitors and over 600 expected attendees showcasing manufacturing. The afternoon will include 200 high school students touring the expo floor to learn more about manufacturing careers.  Events runs from 8 am to 3:30 pm.

 

Facility Tours and Presentations - 2012