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(IMCP), which recognizes the Milwaukee
area’s strength as a manufacturing cen-
ter. The region leads the nation in the
production of industrial controls, X-ray
equipment, steel foundry parts, mining
machinery, hoists, monorails, speed
changers, drives and gears. It also leads
the nation in the production of medical
diagnostic equipment, thanks to
GE
Healthcare
, which has several Wisconsin
facilities located in Milwaukee,
Wauwatosa, Waukesha, Oak Creek and
Madison. The region is also home to
Rockwell Automation
and
Johnson
Controls
, global leaders in industrial and
building control systems;
A.O. Smith
,
which produces water heaters;
Briggs &
Stratton
, a leading small-engine manufac-
turer;
Harley-Davidson
, the legendary
motorcycle manufacturer;
Modine
Manufacturing
, a global leader in thermal
management;
Actuant
, which manufac-
tures hydraulic, electromechanical and
electronic motion-control systems; and
Brady Corp.
, which markets labeling and
identification systems worldwide.
A Diverse Economy
Although many people consider
Milwaukee the historic beer capital of
America, its breweries today employ less
than 1 percent of Milwaukee’s work-
force. In fact, no segment of the area’s
manufacturing industry employs more
than 5 percent of the metropolitan labor
force. Within the manufacturing sector,
the focus has shifted to advanced indus-
tries focused on industrial equipment,
medical imaging, consumer products and
green technologies. It is increasingly
known for diagnostic equipment, electric
car batteries and wind turbine equip-
ment.
Three locally based industrial compa-
nies are on the Fortune 500 list:
Harley-
Davidson
and
Rockwell Automation
(Milwaukee); and
Johnson Controls
(Glendale). Three other industrial compa-
nies based in the region have revenues
greater than $3 billion:
Quad/Graphics
(Sussex),
SC Johnson
(Racine) and
Snap-
On
(Kenosha). In addition to the many
“brand-name” manufacturers that call
Milwaukee home, the region is home to
Mid-West Energy Research Consortium
The Midwest Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC) is a technology
consortium driving innovation and business growth as a public-private
partnership of 86 academic and industrial members throughout the Midwest.
It is focused on economic development, job growth, and research in the areas
of generation, storage, distribution, control and management of energy and
power.
FOOD and BEVERAGE WISCONSIN
OPEN FOR BUSINESS
The Water Council
Established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, educational institutions
and government leaders, the nonprofit organization, consisting of more than
180 members, links together global water technology companies, innovative
water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most
importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic water
professionals. The Water Council is transforming the Milwaukee region into
a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and
education.
Food and Beverage Wisconsin (FaB)
FaB focuses on building continuums of support to develop career pathways,
an innovation ecosystem and business capacity for food-related businesses. It
operates an industry career center, publishes a marketplace directory and
sponsors educational and networking forums. It is also working with local
colleges to develop curriculum for food-related careers.
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HOT GROWTH CLUSTERS
Milwaukee is becoming the hub for all of southeastern
Wisconsin, which is developing a reputation for technological
prowess. Business, educational and civic leaders are
committed to realizing the area’s potential through several
key strategic initiatives, including:
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