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Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP)

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The Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP) collaborates with the UW Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) and the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) to help Wisconsin manufacturers grow their businesses and become more profitable. WCMP enhances the success of Wisconsin's small to midsize manufacturers by providing expert and accessible services in the areas of growth and innovation, continuous improvement, training, export assistance, supply chain management and profitable sustainability. WCMP is a strong advocate for manufacturers in Wisconsin and champions Wisconsin manufacturing at a national level. A strong supporter of the state’s small and midsize manufacturers, WCMP strives to transform industry through consulting services, industry studies, seminars, publications and annual Manufacturing Matters! and Manufacturing Advantage conferences.

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Success Stories

Lean Kaizen Transforms Shipping Operations at Wisconsin Thread Rolling Company

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Inefficiencies and a lack of organization in the company’s shipping area had caused delays in the delivery of customers’ orders. The shipping area lagged the continuous improvement efforts in other areas of the plant. The packaging process can be very costly and time consuming, as well as labor-intensive and requiring a large amount of materials

Small Manufacturer Emerges More Efficient After Lean Training

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The daily arrival of a FedEx driver to take away packaged orders should have been a good sign at C&N Manufacturing-- it meant products were in the pipeline. Business was good. To the trained manufacturing eye, however, there was a problem. The company, which makes storage trunks and sells about 800 products for thousands of children attending

Wisconsin Dental Laboratory Reduces Lead Time for Patients

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Production bottlenecks and manufacturing issues prompted Dental Crafters Co-owner Robert Slominski to seek a better way to serve dentists and, in turn, patients who rely on dental restoration products the company offers. To support that goal, Dental Crafters reached out to UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC), a NIST MEP affiliate, for Lean

"The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center let us get there at our own pace, following our own schedule. Now we work for the day rather than trying to get ahead, and the magic of Lean has cleaned up our processes significantly."

—Chris Conard, President

Created March 18, 2019, Updated June 2, 2020