WMEP tops $3 billion in economic impact

Special to The Freeman

Feb. 18, 2015

MADISON – Services provided by the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership since its inception in 1998 has reached $3.1 billion in economic impact, according to results documented by clients.

The WMEP, a private, non-profit consulting organization, provides a wide range of services to help small and midsize manufacturers accelerate growth, profitability and global competitiveness.

“I am certainly proud of the impact the WMEP’s talented professionals generated with some of Wisconsin’s finest manufacturers,” said Buckley Brinkman, the organization’s executive director and chief executive officer. “Crossing the $3 billion milestone is a tribute to more than 15 years of focus on aligning multiple organizations’ talents and energy to make the Wisconsin manufacturing environment the best in the world.”

The WMEP will host its annual Manufacturing Matters! conference on Thursday, Feb. 26 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Milwaukee. Mike Laskiewicz, vice president and general manager of Rockwell Automation’s Power Control Business, will deliver the keynote address.

Gov. Scott Walker also is expected to speak to conference attendees.

To view the Manufacturing Matters! agenda or to register for the conference, visit