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MILWAUKEE COMMERCE Fall 2018 - Volume 97, No. 3

From the President

That was then, this is now, pg. 07 Includes:

Customers' needs drive change at Rockwell Automation, pg. 20 From streetcars to... streetcars, pg. 22 The Menomonee Valley revival, pg. 25



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Trends foretell Milwaukee's future Milwaukee led the fintech revolution Craft breweries preserve Milwaukee's beer heritage

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Looking Back to look forward 06 | New MMAC Board members 07 | That was then, this is now Tim Sheehy - MMAC

08 | Trends foretell Milwaukee's future Bret Mayborne - MMAC

12 | Milwaukee led the fintech revolution 16 | Craft breweries preserve Milwaukee's beer heritage 20 | Customers' needs drive change at Rockwell Automation 22 | From streetcars to... streetcars 25 | The Menomonee Valley revival 31 | Ignite a student's interest in your business - COSBE's Be The Spark program 33 | M7 projects adding 750 jobs to regional economy

In Every Issue 05 | Member milestones 35 | MMAC program & event photos 48 | New MMAC members 51 | Staff directory

See how far they've come...

Then & Now:

MMAC Members Pgs. 14, 18, 24, 28

Volume 97, No. 3 - Milwaukee Commerce (USPS 546-370, ISN 0746-6706) is published four times a year by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), 756 N. Milwaukee St., Suite 400, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3767 Periodicals postage paid at Milwaukee, WI. Subscriptions $5 per year for members, included in dues. POSTMASTER send address changes to: Milwaukee Commerce - MMAC/Kathy Mehling 756 N. Milwaukee St., Ste. 400, Milwaukee, WI 53202-3767 Todd Teske, MMAC Chairman • Tim Sheehy, MMAC President Julie Granger, Editor ( Carrie Gossett, Creative Director ( Anna Reaves, Communications Design Specialist ( Jim Wall, Advertising ( |


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Member Milestones

Congratulations to companies celebrating MMAC membership anniversaries June, July & August 2018




Today’s TMJ4 - The E.W. Scripps Co.

Accunet Mortgage Artisan 179 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Fast Park and Relax Komatsu Mining Corp. MARS IT Corporation Spinweld, Inc. Technology Resource Advisors, Inc.

600 East Cafe Access HealthNet LLC Acro Metal Stamping Co. Alarm System Innovators, Inc. AVI Systems AW2 Logistics BEAR Construction Co. Bliffert Lumber & Fuel Co. boomerang carnets Breckenridge Landscape Design Bright Cellars CableCom LLC Center for Veterans Issues Ltd. COFCO International Dakota Intertek Corp. Design Fugitives Filament Communication Hausmann-McNally SC Herus Group LLC Homewood Suites - Downtown Milwaukee Integrated Payroll Services, Inc. Lexico Michael Best Strategies Midwest Fiber Networks Miller Baking Co. Milwaukee Yacht Club Mindful Matters Wellness Pure Sound & Vision Reich Tool & Design, Inc. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery Sarah C. Walters & Associates Schooley Mitchell - McNeer Consulting LLC SilentBoost Consulting Group Team Rehabilitation - Hales Corners Team Rehabilitation - Menomonee Falls Team Rehabilitation - Oak Creek The Kieckhefer Group Weather Tight Corporation WHR Group, Inc. Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

80 YEARS UPS - Northern Plains District

75 YEARS Badger Mutual Insurance Co.

70 YEARS Experis Manpower - Milwaukee Manpower - Pewaukee ManpowerGroup Scott Advertising

60 YEARS Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center

50 YEARS Guardian Credit Union

40 YEARS VISIT Milwaukee

35 YEARS Paychex, Inc. Wells Fargo Wells Fargo-Asset Management

30 YEARS ACL Laboratories, Inc. Advocate Aurora Health Care Aurora - West Allis Medical Center Aurora at Home Aurora Medical Center - Washington County Aurora Sinai Medical Center Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore Neu Tool & Supply Corp.

25 YEARS Willis Towers Watson

20 YEARS BloodCenter of Wisconsin, Inc. Cross Management Services, Inc. Milwaukee Ale House Rockwell Collins SysLogic, Inc.

15 YEARS Dorshak Family Tree & Landscape, Inc. Frank & Frank LLP Molded Dimensions, Inc. MSI General Corporation Palermo Villa, Inc. Quinlevan Commercial Real Estate, Inc.

5 YEARS African American Chamber of Commerce of WI AG Architecture, Inc. Amalga Composites, Inc. Bank of America Merrill Lynch Cafe Benelux & Market Cafe Centraal Cafe Hollander - Downer Cafe Hollander - State Street Casper Coffee Water & Vending CH Robinson Classic Cargo International, Inc. Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative Extension, Inc. Garden-Fresh Foods GSC HRS - Human Resource Services, Inc. International Customs Services, Inc. Juno Logistics JWS Classics LLC Krueger Communications, Inc. Lammi Sports Management Medicor Technology Learning Institute Midwest Stairs and Iron, Inc. MPI - Making a Positive Impact PAK Technologies, Inc. Parallel Employment Group, Inc. Peter Schwabe, Inc. St. Joseph Academy The Lowlands Group LLC Trisept Solutions University of Wisconsin - Whitewater University of Wisconsin - Whitewater College of Business & Economics Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Inc. |







CEO Pindel Global Precision

President Haywood Group

Group President Milwaukee Tool

Group Executive, Debit & Fraud FIS Payments

Berrien is committed to bolstering training in manufacturing skills. He serves as an Industry Board Member for MSOE; member of the M7 Committee on Industry 4.0; and Machining Advisory Board member for Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC).

Founder and President of Haywood Group, Haywood is a thought-leader in the real estate and business development industry. His primary responsibility is business development and strategy for the company. Haywood engages business leaders in discussions around business capacity, community building and real estate development around the nation.

Richman was appointed Group President of Milwaukee Tool in January 2007, and is responsible for Milwaukee’s Power Tool, Hand Tool, Accessory and Empire divisions. He oversees global product development, manufacturing and operations for each division, as well as sales in North and South America. He has 25+ years of experience in the management of industrial, electrical, plumbing and retail distribution channels. He has held key management positions with Black & Decker and Murray. He served as president of Skil and Bosch Power Tools, and served as president and CEO of Werner Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.

Schuld is the Group Executive for the FIS Payments Debit and Fraud Services Group. This includes FIS offerings in card and fraud processing for credit unions, banks and non-bank entities. She provides general business and operational leadership for the organization. In addition, Schuld is the site leader for FIS’ Milwaukee location.

In 2016, Pindel Global Precision was awarded the Friend of Education Award by the School District of New Berlin. Pindel was the first private sponsor of an industry collaboration space within MSOE’s underconstruction Center for Cognitive Science. Berrien served for nine years as a U.S. Navy SEAL officer. He received his bachelor’s from Princeton University, obtained a master’s in international affairs from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

He is an active member of the The Business Council (TBC), National Realtors Association (NRA), Wisconsin Realtors Association (WRA), and the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors (GMAR). He studied architecture and urban planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Schuld assumed her current role in December 2014, bringing 20+ years of experience in the payments and banking industry. Previously, she provided senior leadership for functional business areas within FIS, including implementation and conversion functions, product development and account management disciplines.

THE FOLLOWING DIRECTORS WERE ELECTED TO ANOTHER TERM: Todd Adams - President/CEO, Rexnord Michael Aldana - Partner, Quarles & Brady Joe Bartolotta - Co-owner, The Bartolotta Group Dan Cahalane - President, American Roller & Plasma Coatings Chris Goller - Regional President, PNC Bank Kelly Grebe - Chief Legal & Corporate Services Officer, MillerCoors Mary Isbister - President, GenMet

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Cathy Jacobson - President/CEO, Froedtert Health Scott Mayer - President/CEO, QPS Employment Justin Mortara - Mortara Group Cory Nettles - Founder/Managing Partner, Generation Growth Capital Joe Rock - Managing Partner, KPMG Jeff Ticknor - Sr. Vice President, BMO Harris Nic Wahl - President/Managing Partner, Godfrey & Kahn

From the President

That was then, this is now


uch of metro Milwaukee’s economy is linked to our past. But our future depends more than ever on what we do now.

Consider one enabling and disrupting example: on a 3G network, a movie download took 45 hours; on a 4G network, 2 hours; and on the imminent 5G network, only 45 seconds. Think about the applications for all industries in moving data and images. What we do now to do develop lifelong learners matters more than ever as we anticipate the skills and occupations needed to fuel our future. There is a famous antique poster that proclaims, "Milwaukee feeds and supplies the world" through its manufacturing prowess. That legacy will carry forward into our future, even while the percentage of jobs in our economy represented by manufacturing has fallen from 40% in 1960 to 16% in 2018. Milwaukee is a great place to engineer and make things — refrigerators, offroad vehicles, hot water heaters, lawn equipment, manufacturing controls, locks, brakes, seats, water meters, electric tools, and imaging machines. In fact, we remain one of the top two metro areas measured by the percentage of our employment engaged in manufacturing. However, it is the application of today’s technologies that will lift up or disrupt Milwaukee’s economy. The advent of artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things (IOT), 8K + 5G technology apply as much to manufacturing as they do to financial services, health care, transportation and logistics. Manufacturing is a great foundation to build on, and we must pay close attention to its needs as an industry. It will also serve us well in the future and it was a significant factor in attracting Foxconn. But our economy must also diversify through companies like Scanalytics. Using technology they developed right here, Scanalytics is poised to transform physical spaces into intelligent environments that can predict consumer behavior using proprietary smart floor sensors. When we look back at 2018, the footsteps we measure will lead us in the direction of the future.

Tim Sheehy President Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce |


Western States Envelope & Label

The Falk Corporation (now Rexnord)

Miller Brewing Company

Trends foretell Milwaukee's future


Director of Economic Research, MMAC

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Fair housing march in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Commerce, FALL 2018 1966

Northwestern Mutual

Cutler-Hammer (now Eaton)

A.O. Smith Corporation


ooking back at how things have changed for Milwaukee and its business community over the past 60 years is a bit like watching your kids grow up. You don’t really notice it’s happening from day to day, but looking back over the years (and the photos!) you realize how drastic that change has been. Trends have affected the region bit by bit, slowly over time, until the change has been momentous. The overall theme of this change is diversity: diversity in

Bucyrus Erie (now Caterpiller)

our economy, our people, our geography. Nowhere has change been more evident than in the diversity of our population. The non-white population in metro Milwaukee has gone from 5% to 24% in the 1960-2017 period. Since 1970, the Black/African American population has more than doubled, the Hispanic/Latino population has grown 677% and the Asian population has increased nearly 700%. This growth has resulted in a City population that

Metro Milwaukee Population by Ethnicity 1960 vs. 2017

White Black HISPANIC Asian

1960 1,278,850 total

2017 1,576,236 total

Milwaukee trade school students, circa 1965

has reached minority-majority status, and a Milwaukee County population fast approaching the same.

Educational Attainment 1960 2017 High school graduate or higher (%) 44.5 91.6 Bachelor's degree or higher (%) 8.2 35.8 Residents are more educated, but gap widens Change in educational levels is similarly dramatic. Believe it or not, in 1960, fewer than half of the metro population, age 25-years-old and above, had high school diplomas. In 2017, 91.6% of this group is high school educated and more than 35% have bachelor’s degrees or higher. But that number masks the disparity in education levels for African Americans and Hispanics, for which the high school graduation rates are 85% and 71%, respectively. For those earning bachelor’s degrees, the breach is wider still with African Americans at 14%, and Hispanics at 15%. - continued on page 10 |



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Manufacturing: deep roots, promising future

Briggs & stratton Founded in 1908, Briggs has been blazing trails in small engine design and manufacturing ever since.

Metro Milwaukee has long held a reputation of being a manufacturing center and that is still certainly the case today, with one of the highest manufacturing percentages among major U.S. metros. Yet manufacturing was significantly more prominent in the local economy 57 years ago. Current figures indicate that 16% of those employed in the metro area work in manufacturing. In 1960, this percentage reached more than 41%. For many of those working in the machine shops and assembly lines 50 years ago, today’s manufacturing workplaces would be nearly unrecognizable with technology driving the process. More sophisticated

“We need the right training programs to get workers with the skills we need.� Todd Teske Chairman, president & CEO Briggs & Stratton Corp.

skill requirements have led to a mismatch between available jobs and the people to fill them. It is a defining issue for the region today. But as more local manufacturers expand and new ones put down roots (Foxconn, Haribo), work is underway to better align education, workforce development and employers to meet these needs, and MMAC is at the forefront of this issue.

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Metro Milwaukee population migration

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Moving up, out & back again Geographically, the metro area population has dispersed. In 1960, the City of Milwaukee represented 58% of the metro population and ranked as the 11th largest city in the U.S. Declines in City population in the 1960 - 2000 period (with stability since) have led to a City ranked 31st in 2017, representing 38% of the metro population. HIGHLIGHT TITLE Conversely, suburban TO BEGIN areas HEREhave posted strong gains. The Waukesha-OzaukeeWashington counties have gone from a 19% slice of the metro area’s population in 1960, to 40% in 2017, a growth rate of 157% in this period. At the same time, the mostly legacy Milwaukee County suburbs have held steady at 23%. This suburban population growth, while continuing, has slowed in recent decades. At the same time there has been movement back to downtown. From 1960 to 1990, the downtown population fell from 28,900 to 15,700. That trend has reversed course, with the downtown area

recording double-digit gains, growing from 15,700 in 1990 to an average population of 22,700 in the 2012 to 2016 period. With announcements for additional apartments, condos and townhomes in and near downtown, that number will continue to rise.

Scanning the horizon As we begin to look at the coming decades, it’s hard to say where this all leads. With the current record low unemployment rate, it’s clear we will need to educate, train, attract and retain as many people as possible to fill the jobs we have and the ones we anticipate. Growing companies and jobs is key to a vibrant economic future, but we face a number of challenges in this regard. Much of our available workforce is currently sidelined by low levels of education, former incarcerations and an aging population. The median age of the metro area’s population has aged by over 10 years in the 1970 to 2017 period. As baby-boomers grow older, this trend is likely to continue.

In the winter edition of Milwaukee Commerce, we’ll take a closer look at the trends and prevailing issues that are anticipated to define the next 50 years for the region.


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In 1972, These MATC students get handson experience during class using large data processing machines similar to those found at M&I Data Services.

Milwaukee led the fintech revolution FIS™ and Fiserv, two global technology giants that continue to change the financial services industry, have deep roots in Milwaukee.

M&I's original ATM network was named TYME for "Take your money everywhere."

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FIS’ lineage harkens back to M&I Data Services, a subsidiary formed by Marshall & Ilsley Bank in 1964 to handle emerging data processing operations. Here the first successful ATM transaction was hosted in 1975, between financial institutions over a shared network, which paved the way for accessing cash wherever people travelled. It’s ATM network was appropriately named TYME (or, Take Your Money Everywhere). The subsidiary continued innovating and expanding throughout the 80s and 90s. In 2000, it became a separate company known as Metavante. In 2009, Metavante was acquired by Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), the world’s largest financial technology solution

provider, serving more than 20,000 clients in 130 countries. FIS employs over 3,000 people in Southeastern Wisconsin, focusing on software development and financial processing, as well as account management, sales, finance, data and call center operations. Milwaukee is also home to Fiserv, which is among the largest data processing firms in the United States serving more than 10,000 financial institutions in more than 90 countries. Its roots can be traced back to First Data Processing, which was started by George Dalton (a long time MMAC board member) who grasped the importance of computer technology and the need to achieve economies of scale. He and a colleague from Florida, founded Fiserv in 1984. Their business

George Dalton, founder of Fiserv, discussed financial transaction processing machines in 1977.

model was simple: provide data processing services less expensively than the financial institutions could to it inhouse. The model was perfect for the expansionary 1980s and Fiserv grew rapidly by acquiring other regional processing firms. Today, Fiserv employs nearly 24,000 people worldwide and 900 people locally. In addition to being the corporate headquarters, the Brookfield office focuses on engineering, software development, client service and sales, risk management, and technology operations.

Industry attracts local, national talent

Financial services are on the edge of a major transformation, and we, and Milwaukee, are well-positioned to play an important role in this transformation. Jeff Yabuki President & CEO of Fiserv

As financial technology continues to be an economic driver, Milwaukee will remain at the forefront of coming changes. The ways financial services are delivered help make the region an attractive destination for technologybased careers. “The financial services industry is very significant to the Milwaukee economy,” says Maria Schuld, FIS Milwaukee Campus Leader and Division Executive for EFT & Fraud. “Having industry-forward companies attracts both local and national technology talent to the region.” Jeff Yabuki, Fiserv president and CEO, agrees. “The fintech industry is one of the more dynamic and energetic spaces in technology today,” he says. “Financial services are on the edge of a major transformation, and we, and Milwaukee, are well-positioned to play an important role in this transformation.”

fiserv forum The Bucks and Fiserv Co. have a 25-year naming rights deal for the new home of the Bucks and Marquette's men's basketball teams. The arena is set to host more than 200 events annually, including big names such as Justin Timberlake, Pink, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac and the Foo Fighters in its inaugural year.

This summer, Fiserv obtained the naming rights for the Fiserv Forum, the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks. “We saw this as a fantastic opportunity to elevate the Fiserv brand as we participate in the digital transformation of financial services,” says Yabuki. “We are proud to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks in a state-of-the-art venue for sports and entertainment experiences. We are also pleased to affirm our commitment to the Milwaukee community while continuing the tradition of Jane Bradley Petit in supporting the incredible place we call home.” |



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GE Healthcare In 1947, General Electric X-Ray Corporation needed greater production capacity and greater expertise in the core business of building X-ray tubes. Since the tubes were made from hand-blown glass, the decision was made to move the company from Chicago to Milwaukee, in order to tap into the enormous amount of glass-blowing talent available here due to the thriving beer-brewing industry. In 1964, they began to expand their service in medical electronics. By 2012, there would be 46,000 employees worldwide dedicated to GE Healthcare.

Milwaukee Electric Tool Since the company with a hometown namesake began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in durability and performance. Hole-Shooters (shown above) were used extensively in the manufacturing of airplanes in World War II and many new product ideas were developed during that period. Milwaukee Tool continues to lead the industry with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific solutions. Within the past two years, the company announced two expansions, including 990 jobs at the company’s headquarters in Brookfield over the next five years, and two new office buildings, adjacent to the current campus. 14 |

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Dohnman Life Sciences In 1858, Friedrich Dohmen opened Wisconsin’s first wholesale drug store in Milwaukee. According to the company’s website, Dohman “refused to carry unsafe miracle cures and instead expand our drug manufacturing business based in quality, safety and integrity.” The company expanded into wholesale deliveries by truck and trail and was one of the first wholesalers to implement computerized inventory control. Today, Dohmen is in its fifth generation of family ownership and is a business process outsourcer (BPO) for drug and device companies.

A.O. Smith Corporation Like other century-old manufacturers, A.O. Smith Corporation’s product mix has gone through numerous iterations. Launched by Charles Jeremiah Smith in 1874, the company that would become A.O. Smith started out making "hardware specialties," including metal parts for baby carriages. Today, it manufactures residential and commercial water heaters and is the industry leader in implementing reliability testing programs. Pictured above is the company’s 1947 testing lab.

PM Plastics Product Miniature Company (PMC) was started in Milwaukee by brothers William Edward and Paul Ford in 1946 and produced model cars, banks and toys until 1965. The company spent decades creating accurate replications of model trucks and cars for clients, including GM, Chevrolet, and International Harvester. Today known as PM Plastics, the company is headquartered in Pewaukee and makes plastic trays, containers, exercise steps, ramps, and other products. |


Pabst beer wagons and horse teams lined up to carry one day's delivery of beer for Milwaukee establishments in 1900.

Craft breweries preserve Milwaukee's beer heritage Local craft brewers are carrying Milwaukee’s “Brew City” legacy into the 21st century, helping the long-time brewing giant, Miller Brewing Company, redefine what it means to be the Beer Capital of the World. “It’s really important to have a strong brewing community when your local baseball team is called the Brewers,” says Russ Klisch, president of Lakefront Brewery, Inc., which produced just under 47,000 barrels of beer last year. “You have to keep the tradition and live up to the name.” For much of the 20th century, breweries were among the region’s largest employers thanks to Miller, Pabst, Schlitz and Blatz. Miller (now MillerCoors) is the only large brewer remaining (Pabst returned to the city last year as a small brewery) and the brewing industry employs

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less than 1 percent of the workforce. But brewing continues to have an oversized impact on the region’s culture and its increasing attraction to Millennials. The growth in local craft breweries has been impressive. Currently, there are more than 160 craft brewers in Wisconsin, more than double the number in 2011. Three of the state’s largest craft breweries – Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher Brewing and Milwaukee Brewing Company – are based in southeast Wisconsin, which (thanks mostly to MillerCoors) produce 90 percent of the state’s favorite malt beverage. Sprecher Brewing Company launched the current craft brewery craze. Its founder, Randy Sprecher, worked by night as a

CRAFT BREWERIES Milwaukee was on the ground floor of the craft beer explosion of the mid 1980s with one of the original founders of the movement Sprecher Brewing CEO Randy Sprecher (above). Milwaukee Brewing Company founder Jim McCabe (right) was one of the first ale brewers to appear in Milwaukee.

Given Wisconsin's Germanic heritage, there's a lot of pride in local beer. Randy Sprecher Founder of Sprecher Brewing

supervisor of brewing operations at Pabst and spent the rest of his waking hours perfecting beer recipes to pursue his dream of establishing Milwaukee’s first craft brewery since Prohibition. Sprecher Brewing opened in 1985 and has since expanded several times. It’s not only famous for its adult beverages, but also for its nationally acclaimed root beer. “Given Wisconsin’s Germanic heritage, there’s a lot of pride in local beer,” says Sprecher. “Before Prohibition, every town had a brewery.” Lakefront Brewery followed Sprecher’s lead, opening in 1987. Like Sprecher, it also had roots in Milwaukee’s beer heritage. Klisch’s grandfather worked for Schlitz as a delivery truck driver and as a chauffeur for the Uihlein family, which owned the brewery.

MillerCoors Opened 1855, then Miller Brewery created its millionth barrel of beer in 1949. As of 2017, it produces up to 10 million barrels of beer a year.

MillerCoors remains a brewing giant with its flagship beers – Miller Highlife, Miller Lite, Coors and Coors Light – and a growing stable of craft beers, including Blue Moon and Leinenkugel’s. It’s also a global leader in sustainability, working with Milwaukee’s Global Water Center to achieve the AWS Standard from the Alliance for Water Stewardship, which recognizes responsible water stewardship. |



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Master Lock In 1921, Harry Soref, with investments from two friends, founded the Master Lock Company. Soref, a Russian Jewish immigrant without any formal American education, invented and patented the laminated padlock. Master Lock established its factory and headquarters on the north side in 1939. For many years, the company eschewed time clocks, relying instead on an honor system for its predominantly female workforce. During the high-growth period of the mid 1980s-mid 1990s, Master Lock produced a series of famous ads, which aired during the Super Bowls, and featured marksmen unsuccessfully trying to break the locks with gunshots. The company

moved many of its production jobs to China and Mexico at this time. Twenty years later, Master Lock became one of several local manufacturers to re-shore its production work back in Milwaukee – a move praised by President Obama in a State of the Union address.

Butters-Fetting Co. In 1924, Arthur Butters and Robert Fetting opened a plumbing and heating store in Milwaukee and established themselves as a reliable and respected source for the contracting industry. Today, ButtersFetting is one of the most comprehensive mechanical contracting firms in southeastern Wisconsin. Over the decades, Butters-Fetting evolved to meet the changing needs of its customers, successfully blending tradition with technology, integrating state-of-the-art tools like CAD engineering and sophisticated design systems.

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Palermo Pizza In 1954, Gaspare (Jack) Fallucca and his wife, Providenza (Zina), immigrated to the United States and opened an Italian bakery on Milwaukee’s east side. With the acquisition of the hardware store next door, they expanded into a pizzeria named Palermo Villa, Inc. Later, the owner of a local grocery chain urged Jack and Zina to enter the frozen food business. So, they began creating frozen pizza bread and pizzas, sold under the Palermo’s brand name. The company developed the first rising crust pizza in 1989 and in 2003, they launched the first ultrathin crust pizza. Today, Palermo Villa is one of the leading private label frozen pizza manufacturers in the nation.

Johnson Controls In 1885, Warren Johnson launched a company to explore new ways to harness and conserve energy. Today, Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multiindustrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Its GLAS smart thermostat is an example of incorporating the latest technology into energy controls. The product features a translucent touchscreen, saves energy and monitors air quality. GLAS works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and is built with Microsoft Cortana. Simply by logging into its app, users can change the temperature from anywhere.

Harley-Davidson The tale of two brothers designing a motorized bicycle in their garage has become legendary; its story is synonymous with Milwaukee’s manufacturing history. Few brands can boast a museum dedicated to their product and lifestyle! In more recent years, that brand has successfully expanded into markets across the world, providing stylish and practical transportation options in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Harley sales outside the U.S. now make up roughly 40% of overall sales. |


Customers' needs drive change Rockwell Automation, Inc., the world leader in industrial automation and information, is a testament to the Milwaukee business community’s evolution to meet their customers' needs.

industry. It played key roles in both world wars, supplying control panels and electrical components for the military. Its innovations in industrial controls, electronic components, control systems and adjustable speed drives powered the growth of America’s manufacturing, petrochemical, aerospace and mining industries. Throughout this time, Allen-Bradley continually adapted to emerging technologies and changing market needs.


ike Milwaukee, Rockwell Automation continues to be a manufacturing heavyweight, but its focus has shifted to advanced technologies, software and service solutions. Rockwell Automation can trace its Milwaukee roots to 1903 and the formation of the Compression Rheostat Company founded by Lynde Bradley and Dr. Stanton Allen. The

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company’s first patented product was a motor controller for industrial cranes that was demonstrated at the St. Louis World’s Fair the following year. The company became Allen-Bradley in 1909 and quickly built a reputation for aggressive research and development. During the 1920s, the company’s miniature rheostat business fueled the growth of the burgeoning radio

Rockwell International purchased AllenBradley in 1985 and continued its heritage of technological innovation, but with a shift in focus to software and system architecture. In 1999, Rockwell Automation moved its corporate headquarters to Milwaukee, thanks in large part to the efforts of MMAC, city, county and state officials. “Milwaukee fits us to a ‘T’." Don Davis, then Rockwell Automation’s Chairman and CEO, said at the time. Today, Rockwell Automation continues to be a manufacturing powerhouse with $6.3 billion in annual sales and 22,000 employees in more than 80 countries. Its focus has shifted again – from manufacturing to technology development with a portfolio that is now almost evenly divided between control products and solutions

Allen-Bradley engineers invented hot-molded fixed resistors, which revolutionized electronics at the time. ($3.4 billion) and software and system architecture ($2.9 billion). Milwaukee-based engineers are focused on the “Internet of Things” – the software, sensors and actuators that allow pieces of equipment to “talk” with each other and with other business information systems. Rockwell Automation’s mission is to provide the technology customers need to analyze their operational data. Its solutions have allowed customers to monitor unmanned remote assets, predict equipment failure, avoid the costs of onsite servers, and improve productivity by reducing downtime and optimizing processes. Like the rest of Milwaukee’s business community, Rockwell Automation has changed significantly since the days of Allen-Bradley. Throughout these many decades, however, there has been one constant – a commitment to meeting customer needs by changing with the times.

Rockwell Automation provides advanced automation technologies to help drive sustainability in groundbreaking, zero-emissions vessel The world’s first vessel powered by hydrogen and renewable energy, the Energy Observer, is on a six-year trip around the world to prove a potential energy system of the future. Rockwell Automation has become an official supplier and service provider for this project, providing automation systems that help power the vessel, which operates with zero greenhouse gasses or fine-particle emissions. |


From Streetcars to... streetcars

What’s old is definitely new again as streetcars are slated to make their reappearance on Milwaukee’s downtown thoroughfares 60 years since they last transported passengers.

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Left: Milwaukee's early electric rail company morphed into today’s utility giant - We Energies. Below: Drivers for the West Allis streetcar branch and Milwaukee's new streetcar, The Hop.


he inaugural ride of Milwaukee's new streetcar is scheduled for Friday, November 2. Dubbed “The Hop,” this system will run seven days a week and pick up passengers at 18 stations every 10 or 15 minutes along a 2.5 mile route. Rides are free for the first year thanks to a sponsorship by Potawatomi Bingo Casino. The $124 million project includes five streetcars, tracks, overhead wires and a new maintenance facility. That’s just a fraction of the system that existed in Milwaukee from the late 1800s to the mid-1950s. In this age of multi-car ownership, buses, ride-sharing services and even bike sharing, the new streetcar is intended to be another alternative for shortdistance connections, while the old system addressed a more fundamental need. Back during the industrial boom, the City needed system to carry people to jobs at a time when cars were still a luxury. In its

first year, the system provided 28 million rides. A couple decades later, the number had reached 132 million people each year riding on 190 miles of track, spreading throughout Milwaukee’s suburbs. By 1958, the electric company (now We Energies) decided to remove the tracks, as cars and buses became more popular. So… what can Milwaukee gain from the resurrection of the streetcar? In other cities where they have been (re)instituted, proponents cite aesthetics and nostalgia. They garner attention, they’re clean and are attractive. City officials recently announced that property values along the route of the new Milwaukee streetcar have increased nearly 28% since the project was approved. In a statement, Mayor Tom Barrett said, “This is a historical milestone, years in the making and one we can’t wait to celebrate with the entire community.” |


Then & Now:

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In 1965, a billboard promoting Milwaukee as "Great for Business: Great for Living and Growing Greater," was posted at S. Howell Avenue by (l to r) Ald. George Whittow, chairman of the industrial development committee; T. Parker Lowe, president of the Northwestern National Insurance Co.; and T.L. Mulchay, vice-president. More than 250,000 stickers carrying the slogan were distributed to promote industry.

ME Dey & Co., Inc. M.E. Dey & Company was founded in Milwaukee by Mae Elizabeth Dey in 1907. Today, the company operates three offices and employs more than five dozen professionals to assist clients with their import and export programs. The company's commitment to its customers has remained steadfast from the time of steam and sail, to the era of containers, stack trains and service around the world.

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Zilber LTD In 1949, Milwaukeean Joseph J. Zilber established his own real estate brokerage office — Towne Realty. It soon expanded from a residential brokerage firm into a full-fledged real estate company that developed, designed, built and sold a wide range of homes starting at $9,995. As he neared his 90th birthday, Zilber began to give his money away, becoming one of Milwaukee’s leading philanthropists. Projects included: • $30 million to the Marquette University Law School for scholarships and building. • $10 million for the creation of the University of WisconsinMilwaukee School of Public Health. • $50 million, for a 10-year commitment aimed at improving the city's poorest neighborhoods.

ManpowerGroup In 1948, two attorneys — Aaron Scheinfeld and Elmer Winter were unable to find an available secretary to type up a last-minute brief. They were only able to finish the work with the assistance of a former employee who worked all night. The experience led them to start a business providing temporary services to companies. They rented a Milwaukee store front, offering bookkeepers, stenographers and typists as a sideline venture from their law firm. In 1963, Manpower’s “White Glove Girl” marketing campaign provided women with a bridge to employment. Today, ManpowerGroup was named as a World's Most Ethical Company by the Ethisphere Institute and was named one of Fortune magazine's World's Most Admired Companies for the 14th year in a row.

GEHL Foods It began over 120 years ago in a three-room creamery in 1896: the commitment to make new, and better, dairy products. That was when J.P. Gehl first had an idea for improving the quality of local butter. His "renovated" butter caught on quickly with local bakers, and soon the business grew to offer a whole range of better-quality dairy ingredients. Today, Gehl’s leading efforts in sterile packaging have created an entirely new category — direct-from-the-pouch sauces for foodservice. At the same time, their technology has shaped the nation's weight loss shakes and iced coffee drinks. |


the Menomonee Valley revival


y the early 1900s, Milwaukee was known as the “Machine Shop of the World” and the Menomonee Valley was its engine. Farm machinery, rail cars, electric motors and cranes were made in the Valley. Clay became cream city bricks. Wheat was turned into flour, hogs became ham and barley became beer. Cattle were made into meat, leather and tallow (soap and candles) with no parts wasted. These industries provided jobs for thousands of people but damaged the Valley’s natural resources. From 1879 to 1985, the Valley was also the location of the Milwaukee Road Shops, an enormous complex that made rail cars and locomotives for the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroads. In the 1900s, the Milwaukee Road was one of the largest employers in Milwaukee with nearly 3,000 employees.

The Valley’s Decline By the late 1980s, as manufacturing practices changed, the Valley was left a blighted area with abandoned, contaminated land and vacant industrial buildings. Bridges into the Valley were demolished as businesses left and the Valley was isolated from the surrounding city, a place to pass over, but not a place to go. The neighborhoods adjacent to the Valley most strongly felt the impacts of the Valley’s decline; residents

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suffered from limited access to jobs and recreation opportunities, high levels of asthma and poor air quality.

Redevelopment Efforts In 1998, the City of Milwaukee, the Menomonee Valley Business Association and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District prepared a land use plan for the Menomonee Valley. At the same time, the State of Wisconsin was laying the groundwork for the Hank Aaron State Trail. As a result of these planning efforts, Menomonee Valley Partners was formed as a nonprofit organization, a public-private partnership to facilitate business, neighborhood, and public partners in efforts to revitalize the Valley. Since 1999, 51 companies have moved to or expanded in the Valley and 5,200 jobs have been created. Now, an estimated 10 million people visit the Valley each year. Today, the Valley is a national model of economic and environmental sustainability. Recognized by the Sierra Club as "One of the 10 Best Developments in the Nation," the Menomonee River Valley continues to receive local and national recognition.

Once Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore with hundreds of acres of vacant buildings and abandoned land, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model of economic development and environmental sustainability.

The Menomonee River is one of three primary rivers where residents can enjoy fishing, kayaking, canoeing, and boating.

The Menomonee Valley is the Wisconsin's largest tourist destination with more than 10 million visitors per year. |


Then & Now:

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or more than 125 years, Rexnord has been about innovating to meets its customers' needs. Founded as the Chain Belt Company by inventor Christopher Levalley, the company recognized the potential for a chain belt to be a higher quality, more durable option for agricultural equipment than the leather belting being used at the time.

Today, Rexnord’s customer-first focus continues to innovate through its cutting-edge digital productivity platform, DiRXN, which includes connected products and a digital interface to give customers real-time feedback to keep their systems running smarter and longer.

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Rexnord's IIoT Smart Gear Drive reduces unplanned downtime, speeds up recovery time, and optimizes asset management.

Superior Die Set Corporation Founded in 1923 by Kasimir Janiszewski, Superior Die Set Corp. was a manufacturer of die sets, mold bases, pins/bushings, presses, fabrications and forging products. Still operated by the Janiszewski family – now in the 4th generation – Superior Die Set has multiple manufacturing facilities, warehouses and distribution centers with nearly 500 employees serving a global market.

Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. In 1956, Irwin Langer and his son, Glenn, established Langer Roofing & Sheet Metal, convinced they could do the work better, faster and more cost effectively. Today, as one of the largest and most respected roofing contractors in the Midwest, the company has more 125 employees, including 110 highly trained tradesmen.

Astronautics Corporation of America Astronautics Corporation of America was started by the brother-and-sister leadership team of Nathaniel Zelazo and Norma Paige in 1959. It has grown from a small aerospace business to a global enterprise. (Top left) In 1963, employees discuss Lunar trajectory paths and computations on a blackboard. Astronautics continues to push the boundaries of technology to create engineering solutions that enable aerospace manufacturers and operators to achieve mission success. |


Business Tours for MPS 7th Graders As the labor pool shrinks, there will be a rapidly widening gap between available jobs and the people to fill them. Thanks to forward thinking employers, the Be the Spark Business program was launched to address future talent needs. Local companies show students and educators the essential skills needed to create a path to opportunities. The Spark Tour format: • 90 minute tour • Highlight six different career paths • 30 students • Emphasize soft/essential skills Brought to you by MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives


or contact Alexis Deblitz at or 414/287-4130

Ignite a student's Interest in a future career. “Through the dozens of tours Verlo has provided to MPS students, we’ve seen their interest grow as they learn our business, product and company culture.

Students can’t be what they can’t see.” - Tony Povkovich Factory Operations Manager Verlo Mattress

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Thank you to Be The Spark sponsors: Small Business Champions

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Corporate Champions

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Allis Roller AW2 Logistics Berghammer Construction Bevco Engineering Co. Beyond Vision Briggs & Stratton Corp. Carma Laboratories Charter Manufacturing Co. Chr. Hansen Coakley Brothers/Brothers Business Interiors Covanta Environmental Solutions Creative Business Interiors Crowne Plaza Hotel MKE-Airport Cultivate Communications Derse Desert Aire Discovery World Douglas Dynamics Eppstein Uhen Architects Equips Exhibit Systems Forrer Business Interiors General Plastics

GenMet Good Karma Brands- ESPN MKE Hayes Performance Systems Healics HellermannTyton Corp. Hilton Milwaukee City Center Hunger Task Force Innovative Signs James Imaging Systems Kahler Slater La Macchia Enterprises Luther Manor, A Life Plan Community M3 Insurance Majic Productions ManpowerGroup Marcus Theatres Max Weiss Co. Metal-Era Milwaukee Bucks Milwaukee Public Museum Moore Construction Services Mortenson Construction Oldenburg Group Pfister Hotel

Pieper Electric Plum Media Poblocki Sign Co. Power Test PricewaterhouseCoopers Reich Tool & Design River Run Computers Sikich Southwest Airlines Co. Spaulding Clinical Research Staff Electric Co. Stainless Foundry & Engineering Superior Support Resources Tailored Label Products Top Floor United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County Verlo Mattress Waukesha Metal Products Wenthe-Davidson Engineering West Allis Blue Western States Envelope & Label Wixon Xymox Technologies |


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Regional Economic Development Partnership

M7 PROJECTS ADDING 750 JOBS TO REGIONAL ECONOMY MMAC is a founding partner of the Milwaukee 7 regional economic development initiative. Its mission is to grow, expand and attract world-class businesses and talent in the Milwaukee Region. To learn how M7 can assist your business with expansion plans, talent sourcing, exporting, financing options and other business assistance, visit

KOMATSU MINING CORP. announced plans to build a new $285 million state-of-the-art headquarters and manufacturing campus in Milwaukee, with the potential to create more than 400 jobs. Komatsu intends to build a new corporate headquarters and manufacturing and training facilities at the former Solvay Coke site along the Milwaukee riverfront on Greenfield Avenue. The 54-acre site, to be called the South Harbor Campus, will include office space, a museum and training building, and manufacturing space that consolidates two of Komatsu's current Milwaukee-area facilities into a central location. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

MILWAUKEE TOOL is expanding again in Brookfield, with plans to build a $32 million R&D facility — a project expected to create 350 new jobs over the next five years. The company has purchased a 3.5-acre site near its current facility that will house an advanced manufacturing research and development facility and office space. The 114,500-square foot, multi-story building is expected to be completed by late 2019. In 2017, Milwaukee Tool built a 200,000 square foot, four-story office building on its Brookfield campus. The company has grown employment at its Brookfield campus from just over 300 jobs in 2011 to almost 1,300 this year.

KLEMENT'S SAUSAGE COMPANY has broken ground on an expansion of its flagship facility in Milwaukee that will allow the company to meet increased demand, improve plant efficiency and further strengthen its ties to the Milwaukee community. Klement's is adding 5,000 square feet and reconstructing 50,000 square feet of its facility. With the support of the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation and Milwaukee 7, Klement's will be spending more than $7.5 million on its expansion and upgrading its manufacturing equipment. The project is expected to be completed in summer 2019. |


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1. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Wendy Reimann, 1492 Communications 2. Michael Crivello, Milwaukee Police Association, and Jean Marie Pyzyk, JM George Consulting 3. U.S. Representative Gwen Moore; Mia Heck, Rostrum; Baby Heck; and Otto Heck, Rostrum 4. Jeff Clark, Waukesha Metal Products; U.S. Representative Sean Duffy; and April Canter, Harley-Davidson, Inc.

MMAC's Milwaukee NIGHT IN Washington D.C.

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5. U.S. Representative Mark Pocan spoke to dinner guests at dinner following the reception. 6. Joshua Morby, JRM Advisors; Paul Sweeney and Paul Stewart, PS Capital Partners; and Daniel Wycklendt, FirstPathway Partners 7. Buddy Julius, The Firm Consulting; U.S. Representative Mark Pocan; Tracy Johnson, Commercial Assoc. of Realtors Wisconsin; and Steve Baas, MMAC


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Future 50 Awards Luncheon MMAC’s Council of Small Business Executives held the 31st Annual Future 50 Awards Luncheon at the Pfister Hotel in September. The luncheon celebrated the success of 50 companies demonstrating strong growth in revenue and employment. 1. Dev Vakharia, Eric Folsom, Heather Schultz, Todd Schultz, Erin Peters, Lindsey Rae Gannon, Janelle Block, Tod Colbert, Mike Farmer, and Neil Thomas, Weather Tight Corporation 2. Joe Scanlin, Scanalytics, Inc., keynote speaker 3. Jalin and Clifton Phelps; JCP Construction 4. John and Jackie McWillam, Scathain 5. Companies reporting the highest numbers for revenue and job growth constitute the “Fastest Five.” Those companies for 2018 are: Jeff Peterson, Geneva Supply; Mike Moore, Moore Construction Services; Dimas Ocampo, Vizance; Jim Hunter, Dynamic Solutions Worldwide; and Jalem Getz, Wantable



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COSBE’s CEO Golf Outing Executive Roundtable members enjoyed 18 holes of golf at the Wisconsin Club Country Club at the group's annual golf outing. 1. Matthew Carroll, AccuTrans Group; James Phelps, JCP Construction; Brody Coates, Coates Electric; and Richie Burke, GoGeddit 2. Bob Porche, General Plastics; Mark Goldstein, Goldstein Law Group SC; Jason Schmitt, Technology Resourse Advisors; and Steve Mayer, Mayer Galligan Law 3. Dick Hensley, National Exchange Bank & Trust 4. Harriet Pedersen, Commerce Industrial Chemical, Inc., and Thomas Lonzo, Rose & DeJong SC 5. Paul Kilp, Extension; Jim Bernthal, Top Floor; Shannon Mayer and Heather Clarke, Creative Business Interiors; Gina Natoli, BMG; and Mazio Barian, Extension

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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Business After Hours events engage attendees in a casual, social atmosphere at a variety of interesting locations throughout metro Milwaukee. BADER RUTTER 1. Erica Conway, C2; Linda Hogan and Eric Kirkhofer, Bader Rutter HYATT PLACE HOTEL WITH VISIT MILWAUKEE 2. Barcie Benzschawel and Patricia Algiers, Chemistry in Place; and Carl Parker, Core Vision IT Solutions


LAKESHORE CHINOOKS 3. Oscar Sandoval and Nelson Hernandez, Church Metal Spinning WISCONSIN ATHLETIC CLUB 4. Krista Wennerstrom, Mercer; Kevin Ward, Wisconsin Athletic Club; and Nicole Martin, Mercer

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FUEL Leadership Lunch Venice Williams at Alice’s Garden 1. & 2. Executive Director Venice Williams focuses on bringing the community of Milwaukee back to healthier living, gathering locals to bond through the power of food, culture and relaxation.


FUEL Mosaic Music Series Father Sky 3. - 5. FUEL’s Mosaic Music Series — four concerts held this past summer — was a celebration of Milwaukee’s cultural diversity and vibrant music scene. Guests heard from local artists, surprise guest musicians, and community arts organizations – all working together to deliver an entertaining mash-up of musicality.


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COSBE’s 9th Annual Brewers Outing

Attendees enjoyed an afternoon of Brewers baseball along with food, drinks and fun in the exclusive Northwestern Mutual Legends Club. 1. Eric Jenks, Martha Lennon and Gary Zimmerman, Creative Business Interiors 2. Michael Monk, Charter Communications Spectrum Enterprise; Taj Jordan, Music on the Move, Plus; and Kevin Mahlberg, Charter Communications Spectrum Enterprise 3. Jon Teraoka, W.I.S. Logistics


Policy Hash with Alex Lasry

Alex Lasry, Senior VP of the Milwaukee Bucks and Chair of the Milwaukee 2020 DNC Convention Bid Committee, discussed what’s next as Milwaukee competes nationally to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention.


4. Alex Lasry, Milwaukee Bucks/DNC Convention 5. Buddy Julius, The Firm Consulting; Paul Upchurch, VISIT Milwaukee; and Jeff Stone, Kapur & Associates >>>View more MMAC event photos

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CubeSmart Self Storage

Kapur & Associates, Inc.

Audrey Walby Founder/President Brookfield, WI (414) 739-6976 IT Solutions Providers

Brian Oakes General Manager 7635 W. Oklahoma Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53219 (414) 543-0100 Storage - Self

Jeff Stone Owner 7711 N. Port Washington Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53217 (414) 751-7200 Engineers-Consulting

ADP- Major Accounts Wisconsin

EDF Energy Services LLC

Lead2Change, Inc.

Hayley Legault District Manager Wisconsin 330 E. Kilbourn Ave., Ste. 900 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 534-8824 Human Resource Consultants

Patrick Selsmeyer Senior Director, Gas Sales 2670 S. Ashland Ave., Ste. 203 Green Bay, WI 54304 (920) 499-1697 Energy Related Holding Companies

Dionne Grayson Executive Director 735 N. Water St., Ste. 1600 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 226-2410 Youth Organizations/Centers

All Integrated Solutions

Element Materials Technology

LifeWorks Coaching

Jennifer Ruetz Director of Marketing 8625 Industrial Dr. Franksville, WI 53126 (262) 770-3305 Distributors/Wholesalers

Applicant Insight Sheldon Franklin Regional Sales Manager 5652 Meadowlane St. New Port Richey, FL 34652 (800) 771-7703 Employment Services


Gass Weber Mullins LLC Ralph Weber Founder/President 241 N. Broadway, Ste. 300 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 223-3300 Attorneys

John Petrie Director - Investment Advisory, Principal 111 E. Kilbourn Ave., Ste. 1700 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 290-3400 Investment Management Services

IKEA Oak Creek

Corporate Design Interiors LLC


Michele Aubry Sales Director 1711 Paramount Ct. Milwaukee, WI 53226 (262) 521-1010 Office Furniture/Equipment-Dealers

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Zach Neff Loyalty Manager Customer Service 7500 S. Ikea Way Oak Creek, WI 53154 (414) 766-0560 Retail

Scott Olson Area Director 6767 W. Greenfield Ave., Ste. 101 West Allis, WI 53214 (414) 383-2200 Employment/Recruiters

Theresa Heeg 3916 N. Oakland Ave., 218 Milwaukee, WI 53211 (414) 732-9700 Executive Coaching

Milwaukee JobsWork William Krugler President 2821 N. 4th St., Ste. 300 Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 249-5948 Workforce Development

MKE Benefits LLC Chris McArdle Partner 1345 N. Jefferson, Ste. 450 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 368-0900 Insurance Agents/Brokers

Mueller Qaas LLC Susan Hartman Business Development N19 W24400 Riverwood Dr. Ste. 100 Waukesha, WI 53188 (262) 696-3680 Insurance Agents/Brokers

Natural Resource Development Association Nathan Conrad Executive Director PO Box 87 Madison, WI 53701 (608) 556-1294 Nonprofit Trade Association

P3 Development Group Dominique Samari Partner 1916 N. Dr. Martin Luther King Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53212 (414) 219-9011 Consultants

Prescient Solutions Steve Solano Sales Consultant 200 S. Executive Dr., Ste. 101 Brookfield, WI 53005 (414) 614-5109 IT Solutions Providers

Progress Coaching Tim Hagen President 6735 Kingswood Dr. Cedarburg, WI 53012 (262) 377-5655 Training Programs

Pro Painter MKE Rashaad Washington Owner 3227 N. 31st St. Milwaukee, WI 53216 (414) 840-1748 Painters

QRS Group Jake Ruiz President 2244 W. Bluemound Rd., Ste. D Waukesha, WI 53186 (414) 690-0450 Contractors - Design/Build Romo Durable Graphics

Swift Tech Buy

John Albrecht Director of Client Innovation 800 Heritage Rd. De Pere, WI 54115 (414) 573-4608 Printing and Finishing

Ahmed Bagoun 5855 W. Silver Spring Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53218 (414) 940-0109 Electronic Recycling

RyTech LLC

Jordan Larson Producer, Partner 2018 S. 1st St., Ste. 312 Milwaukee, WI 53207 (218) 591-7483 Video Production

Morgan Flores WEB & SEO Coordinator 1845 N. Farwell Ave., Ste. 220 Milwaukee, WI 53202 (414) 395-0657 Digital Marketing/Advertising

SBR Law Group Matt Burkert Partner 675 N. Barker Rd., Ste. 300 Brookfield, WI 53045 (262) 513-3315 Legal Services

SC Aviation, Inc. Evan Redders Sales & Marketing 1112 7th Ave. Monroe, WI 53566 (866) 290-9999 Aircraft Charter - Management -Maintenance

Take7 Productions

Tri-County Contracting Frank Zeka Owner 18500 W. National Ave. New Berlin, WI 53146 (262) 679-6100 Roofing Contractors

Small business savings program Office Depot is focused on supporting small business growth and engagement at the local level. The business savings program is part of that commitment and provides businesses with access to better pricing, tools, and solutions to help them grow.

20% to 55% off retail on cleaning & break room items.

Utility Design Services Sarah Mullen Business Development Manager 200 S. Executive Dr., Ste. 101 Brookfield, WI 53005 (920) 918-7872 Engineers-Consulting

Stellar Blue Technologies

Wisconsin Chinese Chamber of Commerce

Brett Hildebrandt Project Strategist 1580 Lyon Dr. Neenah, WI 54956 (920) 422-4590 Website Design & Development

Wenbin Yuan CEO 6545 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI 53213 (414) 581-8844 Associations

20% to 55% off item office supply core list.

10% off branded; 20% off private brand ink & toner core list.

Average 10% off retail on 200 technology core items.

Supporting Strategies Milwaukee Mark Schanen Managing Director Brookfield, WI (262) 737-4203 Accountants/CPA

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Contact our team for information and ways to engage in your chamber. ADVERTISING & M7 INVESTING Jim Wall 414/287-4119 COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Julie Granger 414/287-4131 ECONOMIC TRENDS & RESEARCH Bret Mayborne 414/287-4122 ENTREPRENEURIAL AWARDS/ BUSINESS EDUCATION TOURS Alexis Deblitz 414/287-4131 ETHNICALLY DIVERSE BUSINESSES Marjorie Rucker 414/287-4172 EVENTS & SPONSORSHIPS Karen Powell 414/287-4166 EXECUTIVE ROUNDTABLES Whitney Maus 414/287-4130 EXPORT DEVELOPMENT Chad Hoffman 414/287-4156 FEDERAL, STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Steve Baas 414/287-4138 Andrew Davis 414/287-4141

FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY Shelley Jurewicz 414/287-4143 LEAD GENERATION GROUPS & MEMBER DISCOUNTS Jen Sturchio 414/287-4165 MEMBER NEWS Sarah Zens 414/287-4157 MEMBERSHIP SALES Barb Smith 414/287-4173 Jane Backes 414/287-4114 SMALL BUSINESS Stephanie Hall 414/287-4124 TALENT- INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS Susan Koehn 414/287-4136 WEBSITES Carrie Davis 414/287-4157 WORLD TRADE ASSOCIATION Katie Henry 414/287-4123 YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Corry Joe Biddle 414/287-4137 |


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