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Manufacturing First Expo – A Platform For Wisconsin Manufacturers To Collaborate

APPLETON, WI, – Sept. 19, 2011 – First Business Bank – Northeast announces the first of its kind Manufacturing First Expo and Conference designed to provide premier networking opportunities for Wisconsin manufacturers. The event is scheduled for October 26, 2011 from 7:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

“Manufacturing drives the economy in Wisconsin and particularly in Northeast Wisconsin,” says Mickey Noone, President of First Business Bank – Northeast. About one out of five Wisconsin residents is employed by a manufacturer, or 18 percent of state workers.

In Northeast Wisconsin, that figure is even higher. One out of four (24 percent) Wisconsin residents is employed by a manufacturer. Wisconsin is the number one state in percentage of employment in manufacturing nationally.

“Manufacturing First is an event for manufacturers that is actually put on by manufacturers. The goal is to put people in touch with people. When attendees register, they are asked who they would like to get to know at the event, who might be able to assist them, or who could they potentially help. We then play match-maker behind the scenes to help make these introductions and provide educational opportunities that support the attending audience. Our hope is this event will leverage our number one position and provide a platform for collaboration, driving toward even greater success for Wisconsin manufacturers,” says Noone.

The strategy is supported by an admission fee of $50, so all key personnel at manufacturing facilities can attend. Attendees will also receive a roster of all attendees so they can make one-on-one contacts on their own, as well. The program allows manufacturers to interact through booth talks, exhibits, and breakout sessions.

The expo will showcase industry advances, highlight current successes and announce the latest developments in process improvement. “Manufacturing is important to Wisconsin,” says Noone. “We think this will be a great program for Wisconsin manufacturers of all types and a great program for the state of Wisconsin.”

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