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Happy Manufacturing Day Madison!

October 1, 2015 5:28 PM

Manufacturing Day is an international celebration of modern manufacturing. Events throughout the world are organized to help show what manufacturing is in today's world and what opportunities for employment, training and innovation are available.

From hot dogs to stem cells Madison has a long tradition of manufacturing. The manufacturing community provides jobs for Madisonians and innovation that helps all of our industries thrive. Our new communities of makers are helping to redefine manufacturing for the 21st century and I am proud that Madison is part of this movement.

Mayor Soglin visits Bock Water Heaters

Mayor Soglin visits Bock Water Heaters, an employee owned manufacturing company (ESOP) in Madison, earlier this year.

I would like to thank our manufacturing community for investing and creating jobs in Madison. Businesses that create happy and equitable work environments are of critical importance to the health of our city.

Here are a few of the programs the City is working on to help support our manufacturing community:

  • Industrial zoned land: The City has worked to ensure there are properly zoned areas for our industrial businesses to grow and for Madison to welcome new businesses. This includes the Center for Industry and Commerce and BioAg Gateway. Please contact Ruth (information below) with questions about available industrial properties in Madison.
  • Worker Cooperative Program. It is predicted that over 2.7 million "baby boomers" will be retiring from the manufacturing workforce over the next decade. The City is investing to create incentives and assistance for owners looking to retire who would like to sell their business to their employees.
  • Madison Economic Strategy. As Madison creates it's Economic Development Strategy for the next 5 years we are looking at our growth sectors and advanced manufacturing is one of them. This strategy will outline priorities and direction for our community in regards to economic development. Please visit our web-site and join the conversation!

I would also like to thank some of our wonderful partners who help our manufacturing community grow including, Madison College, UW Madison, South Central Workforce Development Board and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

Manufacturing Day can be every day if we continue to support this rapidly advancing industry!

For more information about Manufacturing Day and to Find an Event in WI, including virtual events for manufacturers hosted by the Small Business Administration, please visit the web-site.

If you are manufacturer and would like more information about the programs mentioned above, please contact:

Ruth Rohlich

Business Development Specialist

(608) 267-4933

rrohlich@cityofmadison.com

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