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hundreds of smaller manufacturers that
provide quality products for customers
around the world and create a valued
supply chain.
Service Businesses
The service sector has been the fastest-
growing segment of the regional econo-
my. Service-providing jobs account for
more than 80 percent of all nonfarm jobs
in southeastern Wisconsin. Health care
and social assistance, retail trade, accom-
modation and food services, and
finance/insurance are among the largest
service-sector segments. Four
Milwaukee-area service companies are
ranked as Fortune 500 companies:
Northwestern Mutual
WEC Energy Group
(Milwaukee) and
Kohl’s Corp.
(Menomonee Falls). Two
other service companies based in the
region have revenues in excess of $3 bil-
Aurora Health Care
(Milwaukee) and
Health Care
& Medical Research
Milwaukee is home to the
College of Wisconsin
, the state’s largest
private research institution, which ranks
in the top third of the nation’s medical
schools for National Institute of Health
research. Faculty researchers conduct
2,000 studies annually with more than
$144 million in government and private
Marquette University
Health Care
and the
Milwaukee Bucks
professional basketball team are creating
a $120 million Athletic Performance
Research Center on a 12-acre site locat-
ed near the Marquette campus.
Medical Technology
The Milwaukee Region is home to sever-
al internationally recognized medical
technology and biotech firms.
, a global leader in medical
imaging and information technologies,
patient monitoring systems and health
care services, employs nearly 6,000 peo-
ple at multiple facilities in the region. In
addition to GE Healthcare, southeastern
Wisconsin is home to several medical
technology firms, including
, which
manufactures medical devices;
Cambridge Major Laboratories
, which
develops and manufactures pharmaceuti-
cals and pharma intermediates;
, which manufactures diagnos-
tic equipment;
Criticare Systems
, which
manufactures medical monitoring equip-
ment; and
Bradshaw Medical
, a manu-
facturer of orthopedic and spinal surgery
During the past 10 years, Milwaukee has
evolved into a major center for electronic
commerce. Two of the largest data pro-
cessing firms in the world have signifi-
cant operations in southeastern
Wisconsin. Brookfield-based
is the
world’s leading data processing provider
for financial institutions. The region is
also known for its strong supply-chain
services. It is home to several large soft-
ware firms specializing in logistics. It is
also home to
Astronautics Corp. of
, an international provider of
flight-critical software and instruments.
Food & Beverage
Southeastern Wisconsin is home to more
than 250 food manufacturers, employing
nearly 15,000 people. It boasts the
largest concentration of food industry
talent among the nation’s largest metro
areas and the third-highest concentration
of food scientists.
Printing &
Tens of thousands of people are
employed in creative enterprises in the
, which is based in
suburban Sussex, is the second-largest
commercial printer in the United States
and one of the largest printing compa-
nies in the world. Other major printers
based in the region include
, which produces direct-mail cata-
logs and demographically targeted mar-
keting products, and
, which
specializes in industrial and point-of-pur-
chase printing.
Retail Firms
Menomonee Falls-based
is one of
the nation’s largest and fastest-growing
department store chains with more than
1,100 stores in 49 states coast to coast.
Milwaukee also is home to the national
merchandising and marketing operations
The Bon-Ton Stores
, which operates
270 stores in 26 states under the brand
names of Bergner’s, Bon-Ton, Boston
Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman,
Herberger’s and Younkers.
The Global Water Center is the hub of Milwaukee’s water technology cluster.
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