Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 16, 2015
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
On the Web: http://dwd.wisconsin.gov/dwd/news.htm
On Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WIWorkforce
On Twitter: @WIWorkforce
DWD, Workforce Partners Complete 2014 Manufacturing Month Report
MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and partner organizations today released the 2014 Manufacturing Month Report. The report highlights the collaborative effort by state agencies and partner organizations to showcase manufacturing as a challenging and rewarding career path.
Since 2012, Governor Walker has proclaimed October as Manufacturing Month to encourage Wisconsin manufacturing businesses, technical colleges, and other partners open their doors to students and members of the public. National Manufacturing Day was Friday, October 3.
The 2014 report documents tours at manufacturing facilities, visits to education and training facilities, and other activities involving DWD and partners during the month. Partnering organizations include:
- Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC)
- Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR)
- Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)
- Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
- Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC)
- Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP)
- University of Wisconsin-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC)
Select highlights of the annual report include:
- Governor Walker kicked off Manufacturing Month 2014 with a dedication ceremony for Lakeshore Technical College's Kohler Center for Manufacturing Excellence.
- WEDC worked with WMC to feature a different company each day in a "Success Story" highlighting successful companies that manufacture different types of products from all parts of the state.
- Technical colleges hosted events to highlight available manufacturing education programs and opportunities.
- State Superintendent Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction participated in a number of events around the state to promote manufacturing careers as an option for students.
- WMC worked closely with local chambers of commerce and manufacturers to hold open houses and facility tours. Additionally, WMC hosted a website showcasing promoting the many events occurring around Wisconsin
- WMEP participated with various state agencies and businesses to prepare for and participate in events and activities in support of both the national Manufacturing Day and Wisconsin's Manufacturing Month.
- UW-Stout MOC hosted a 2-day Manufacturing Advantage Conference in Menomonie.
The report is available online.