Roundtable marks annual Manufacturing Day

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce hosted a manufacturing roundtable Friday morning to mark Manufacturing Day.

The event, held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering, aimed to showcase manufacturing in the state and highlight the importance of business and education working together to address workforce shortages.

“What I like to say is that manufacturing has that multiplier effect that you don’t get from other sectors of the economy,” WMC president and CEO Kurt Bauer said. “For every one job in a factory, you create about four jobs in other sectors of the economy: energy, transportation, banking, health care, education, retail, hospitality. It really is the supersector of the Wisconsin economy.”

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Ian Robertson, the dean of the College of Engineering, also stressed the importance of recruiting more engineering students to help encourage manufacturers to locate in Wisconsin.

“We can’t let that happen, because if we let the companies recruit in other places first, then you have to ask are they going to stay in the state of Wisconsin?” he said. “Our job is to make sure we can provide the companies with the right talent and enough of that talent so that they see this is a place where their company can be successful.”