Manufacturing sector contracts for third consecutive month
June 30, 2015 10:19 AM
A key measure of Milwaukee-area manufacturing activity once again indicated contraction in June. The seasonally adjusted Purchasing Managers Index was below 50 for now the third month in a row, according to the Marquette-ISM Report on Manufacturing.

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New ExporTech sessions begin in July
June 29, 2015 09:45 AM
Since the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership's ExporTech program started in 2010, approximately 400 statewide companies have graduated. Graduates have averaged $900,000 in new export revenue in nine months after completing the program, and two manufacturers have won Governor's Export Achievement Awards.

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Milwaukee Tool expanding Mississippi manufacturing facility
June 29, 2015 09:52 AM
Brookfield-based Milwaukee Tool announced a $16.6 million expansion of its operations in Greenwood, Miss. This, along with other investments to Milwaukee Tool facilities in the state, represents a $35 million investment in Milwaukee’s U.S. manufacturing operations over the last four years. Milwaukee Tool has locations in Greenwood, Olive Branch and Jackson, Miss.

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Kenosha manufacturer introduces light fixture that battles hospital acquired infections
June 29, 2015 09:56 AM
Kenosha-based Kenall Manufacturing introduced on Friday Indigo-Clean, a light fixture that uses Continuous Environmental Disinfection technology to continuously kill harmful bacteria linked to hospital acquired infections (HAIs).

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Report gives Wisconsin B+ for manufacturing, B for logistics
June 29, 2015 10:02 AM
A new report from Ball State University gave Wisconsin a B+ for manufacturing and a B for logistics.

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Rexnord to establish Milwaukee HQ for its Zurn business
June 29, 2015 10:08 AM
Rexnord Corp. president and chief executive officer Todd Adams announced on Tuesday at the Water Summit that the company will establish the global headquarters of its Zurn business in the Reed Street Yards Water Technology Park located in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood.

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Eder stops manufacturing of Confederate flags
June 29, 2015 10:12 AM
The board of directors of Eder Flag Manufacturing Co. Inc. in Oak Creek decided on Tuesday to no longer sell or manufacture Confederate flags.

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Jockey debuts footwear
June 29, 2015 10:15 AM
Kenosha-based Jockey International Inc., known for men’s undergarments and women’s intimates, announced Tuesday the launch of men's and women's casual footwear. Jockey is partnering with New York-based footwear experts The Eastman Group to design, manufacture and market casual footwear, slippers, flip flops, and athleisure styles for men and women.

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Hokanson appointed president of CL&D Graphics
June 29, 2015 10:17 AM
Oconomowoc-based CL&D Graphics Inc. has named Mike Hokanson president.

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Patrick Cudahy to bring bacon eating contest, giveaways to Summerfest
June 29, 2015 10:21 AM
Patrick Cudahy, a Wisconsin-based brand of Smithfield Foods, is beefing up its support of Summerfest with a new partnership that will introduce a bacon eating contest to the 11-day music festival.

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Best Practices: How to finance heavy equipment for U.S. manufacturing operations
June 29, 2015 10:26 AM
Onshoring has become a major trend in the United States. U.S.-based companies are increasingly pulling their overseas manufacturing efforts and setting up shop in the States. In fact, since 2010, more than 200 companies, most of which are U.S.-based, have brought back production that had been sent out of the country. In addition, foreign companies are increasingly bringing their manufacturing jobs to the United States. According to the Organization for International Investment (OFII), foreign investment in U.S. manufacturing totaled $493 billion from 2007 through 2012, as opposed to a total of $270 billion the previous six years.

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