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Winter 2017

Your quarterly business magazine It's a New Chapter at Norco Manufacturing – New Location, New Leadership, New Products

Norco CEO David Eberle and son Nicholas Eberle, VP of Operations, at ground breaking ceremony for new facility, August 11, 2016.

Current location signage, relocating to new building site in 2018.


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Contents The RAMAC Voice Winter 2017 President's Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 RAMAC Business Blenders: The DoubleTree by Hilton . .6 RAMAC Board of Directors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Welcome New RAMAC Members . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Chamber of Commerce Month . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Ribbon Cu ngs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 RAMAC Business Blenders: Lakeside Cura ve Services . .15 Norco Manufacturing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 More Than Your Typical Health Plan . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Academies of Racine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Leadership Racine Teaches Servant Leadership . . . .27 RAMAC Awards Dinner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 RAMAC Business Blenders: Reed Switch. . . . . . . . . . . .33 Business Focus- Machinery & Factory. . . . . . . . . . . .34 Publisher: RAMAC, 300 Fi h Street, Racine, WI, 53403 at 262.634.1931 Editor: Maureen Bagg – or 262.633.7772 Adver sing: Heidi Ward – Heidi.Ward@journal or 262.631.1742 Design and Produc on: Amanda Gaastra, The Journal Times © RAMAC and The Journal Times Photos: Non-credited photos are from Varitay Studios, adver sers, RAMAC and its members, and stock.

Contact InformaƟon RAMAC Office: 262.634.1931 Membership Carmella Venturini: MarkeƟng Breakfasts Anna Clemen : aclemen Leadership Racine & Young Professionals of Racine (YPR) Anna Clemen : aclemen Training Programs Connie Smith: Youth ApprenƟceship Barb Mauer:



President's Message It’s hard to believe the holidays are upon us. This me of year, it’s important to take me and spend it with family and friends and truly give thanks for what we have and who we are fortunate enough to share it with. Personally, I would like to say thank you to every RAMAC member who has supported us and worked with our team this past year. Without your membership and par cipa on, we could not accomplish our goals and live our mission of being “Racine’s Business Champion.â€? I would also like to thank my very dedicated sta who work extremely hard at making RAMAC relevant for all businesses. Whether it’s one of our signature events, a monthly business blender, or a ribbon cu ng, the sta here at RAMAC takes a lot of pride in making everyone feel welcome and having the event be as successful as possible. There is a lot of growth and excitement going on here at RAMAC these days. On October 1st Carmella Venturini started in her new role as the Business Development Coordinator. She is out in the community, looking for ways to grow our current membership, stopping in to see our exis ng members to ensure we are mee ng their needs, and looking for other ways RAMAC can benefit you, our members, in the business community. With Carmella taking on her new role, it meant that we were able to add to sta. I am happy to announce that Ashley Spencer is our new Administra ve Assistant. The next me you call or stop in, please introduce yourself to Ashley. Our last area of growth is one that I am especially proud of. Beginning in November, RAMAC is bringing back the Ambassador program. Over this past year I have been talking to members about this idea to get your feedback, and everyone has been truly excited. With this being said, I would like to announce that Jim Beere has agreed to head up the Ambassador program. Jim has been a long me friend and supporter of RAMAC over the years. He will coordinate with all of our Ambassadors to promote RAMAC by being out in the community, visi ng with exis ng members, a ending events, and helping to open doors to businesses that we are calling on to join. Recently, as many of you know, the announcement of Foxconn was made. This past September, I was part 44

of a Leadership Team that went to see the Foxconn facili es in Japan. A er seeing their facility, I must say I am truly excited for what is ahead for our community. Their presence in Mount Pleasant will be a game changer for everyone in Southeastern Wisconsin, especially the Racine County community. These are exci ng mes as we prepare for the single largest construc on project ever in this state. Besides all of the job opportuni es that will come along with Foxconn, many other developments will occur. As this development moves along, our communi es will realize the need for more housing, stores, restaurants, gas sta ons, and entertainment, to name a few. This fall, I also had the opportunity to go see the Academies of Nashville. They developed the original model for the academies that we are using in Racine. It was great to see firsthand all of the work they are doing and how it is transforming their schools. I am proud to say that RAMAC will con nue to support the work being done in our schools with the Academies of Racine. Be sure to read the update and stories about student engagement in this issue. Once again, thank you for your support, and I encourage you to like us on Facebook at Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce. If you have any ques ons or comments, please feel free to contact me at 262-634-1931 or mjmontemurro@racinechamber. com. Gratefully, Matt J. Montemurro RAMAC President

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Business Blenders On August 23rd RAMAC members met at The DoubleTree by Hilton to see its renovated space. Attendees enjoyed beautiful views of the harbor along with the great networking opportunities.


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RAMAC Board of Directors Ma K. Andis – Andis Company Mark Behrens – Johnson Bank Michael Carter – Ascension All Saints Patrick Booth – CCB Technology Tom Buhler – Bu er Buds Nate Burgers – CNH Industrial Dominic Cariello – Badger Meter Torben Christensen – Wiscon Products Mike Cre on – InSinkErator

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Dominic A. Cariello, Director of Manufacturing and Opera ons Badger Meter Flow Instrumenta on Group “Badger Meter is a member of RAMAC because we feel, as an employer with a facility in the Racine community, we need to be a part of an organiza on that pulls together other businesses and organiza ons to be er Racine. Membership with RAMAC is important and necessary for us because it allows us to be involved in many of the Racine business and educa on ini a ves that will affect our future workforce and community. Badger Meter takes pride in being very involved with Racine Unified School District as we move forward with educa ng and mentoring the future of Racine - the students in our school system. Membership also allows Badger Meter to meet with other manufacturers to discuss best prac ces within our industries and to discuss how all of us can be part of improving the percep on of manufacturing jobs and skills that are, and will be, needed in the future. ”

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New RAMAC Members

RAMAC is Racine’s Business Champion, serving as a voice represen ng the common interests of every organiza on in Racine—small and large, industrial and retail, for-profit and nonprofit. In support of its broad and diverse membership base, RAMAC offers a variety of pro-business and pro-community programs and ini a ves. These programs aim to improve the business climate and vitality of the greater Racine area. Join us in welcoming these new RAMAC members: Accoun ng Principals, Inc. Parker, Lynch, & Ajilon 10400 W. Innova on Drive Suite 230 Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Jon Palmen – Managing Partner 414.771.1900 accoun A professional services group that specializes in retain-search, execu ve search, consul ng and contract roles for finance and accoun ng professionals, as well as many other professional posi ons.

OccuCare 3921 30th Avenue Suite A Kenosha, WI 53144 Michael Steinborn – Director of Injury Preven on 262.652.3004 OccuCare specializes in ergonomics, job descrip on development, post-offer employment tes ng, early interven on (so a pain or an ache doesn’t turn into an OSHA recordable injury), and stretching programs.

Alter Trading Corpora on 1339 17th Street Racine, WI 53403 Damon Hassell – Facility Manager 262.632.1601 A scrap metal recycling company with two loca ons in Racine serving residents, businesses, and local governments. AVI Systems, Inc. 3275 Intertech Drive #500 Brookfield, WI 53045 Zach Mahlberg – Account Manager 262.207.1300 AVI systems designs, integrates, and supports audiovisual solu ons that remove barriers instead of crea ng them. N&L Proper es, LLC P.O. Box 085167 Racine, WI 53408 George Nicks – Property Manager 262.880.4718 An Individual Property Manager whose primary focus is Downtown Racine.



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Plunke Raysich Architects, LLP 209 South Water Street Milwaukee, WI 53204 Pepi Randolph – Senior Vice President 414.410.2933 A mul -faceted firm, specializing in site and space planning, interior design, and architectural design. The Rauser Agency, Inc. 411 E Wisconsin Avenue Suite 150 Milwaukee, WI 53202 Jon Rauser – Owner/President 414.276.2700 We are independent brokers/consultants in the area of employee benefits; most notably health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.

Willkomm Companies 717 S. Sylvania Avenue Sturtevant, WI 53177 Jackie Baugrud – VP of Communica ons 262.884.7500 A local family-owned/operated company serving SE WI since 1946. Our 7 loca ons employ several associates including mechanics, sales associates, cooks, servers, techs, and drivers.

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September 2017 was declared Chamber of Commerce Month in the State of Wisconsin. Throughout the month, RAMAC had a few fun contests via Facebook and culminated the month with a "kringle and mingle" at the RAMAC oďŹƒce. The month was meant to acknowledge the work that the 267 local chambers of commerce do around the state. RAMAC would not be anything without our members! THANK YOU!

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Ribbon Cuttings

August 10, 2017, Allen Carr’s EasyWay to Stop Smoking, owned by Wayne Spaulding, had an official ribbon cu ng announcing the new business venture. The celebra on was at The Nash and included many family and friends.

St. Monica’s Memory Care officially opened with a ribbon cu ng on October 19. The event had many dignitaries, board members, and guests on hand for this very special occasion.

RAMAC was proud to be part of Town Bank’s groundbreaking ceremony on October 16. Town Bank will be building at 5005 Washington Avenue.

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Norco Manufacturing Opening Doors for Change Based in Racine, Norco Manufacturing is known and respected internationally as a world class manufacturer of universal airplane hangar and industrial door systems. Doors are opening at Norco Manufacturing, a pioneer in the engineering of airplane hangar and industrial door systems since its founding in 1962. This spring Norco will open the doors of its new 135,000 sq. . facility in Caledonia, becoming the first Brad Nennig, Mike Kotur, business to locate in Dave Eberle and Tom Lux (le the new DeBack Farms to right) receive the 2016 Business Park. And as ‘Manufacturing Business of the Year’ Award at the RAMAC the company loca on changes, so does its Annual Business Awards leadership. Owner and Ceremony. President/CEO David Eberle will soon pass the torch to his son and company Vice President Nicholas Eberle. NORCO PRODUCT LINE Norco designs, manufactures, installs and supports its Universal Door Systems for large scale applica ons. These include military, airline and corporate hangars as well as industrial facili es and unique architectural buildings. Steady growth is due to excellence in design, engineering, technology, performance and customer service. RAMAC recognized Norco’s excellence in 2016

awarding them the Manufacturing Business of the Year trophy at the annual banquet. HISTORY OF THE COMPANY Norco Manufacturing Corpora on was founded in Racine in 1962 by inventor and entrepreneur, Norman Peterson. An accomplished aviator, Peterson knew his way around airplane hangars and sought an easier way to operate their heavy doors. From the original Norco retrofit hangar door wheeler, the company evolved to the design and fabrica on of sliding hangar and industrial door systems, solidifying its posi on as a world class manufacturer. In the spring of 1977, Norco posted a job opening in the classified sec on of the Chicago Tribune. The ad stated that a company located in SE Wisconsin was looking to hire a Structural Engineer (who preferably also had a pilot’s license). Current owner David Eberle was about to graduate from Purdue University with degrees in Civil Engineering, Construc on Management and Industrial Norco’s new main entrance will be a Supervision, 10,000 sq. . office area.

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and he already had his pilot’s license. “I saw the ad and felt this was my dream job,” said Eberle. “I also loved Wisconsin, having visited the Milwaukee Zoo, Summerfest, and fishing ‘up North’”. Despite the fact that Eberle thought this was to be a short term job (back in 1977, how many hangar doors does the world need?), forty years have gone by, and he is s ll with Norco. By 1986, his experience as a design engineer, sales applica ons engineer and general manager prepared him to purchase Norco, lead the company out of bankruptcy, and watch it grow to be the largest manufacturer of Industrial rolling doors in the U.S. Over the years Eberle has sought to improve the design and manufacturing process and embrace new technologies, further enhancing Norco's product performance and reliability. As a result, Norco a ained status as an ISO 9001: 2008 cer fied company in 2011. Norco’s con nued growth demanded larger manufacturing space. So, in 2016 Norco broke ground on a new 135,000 sq. . fabrica on shop, replacing the current 40,000 sq. . facility. Once completed in the Spring of 2018, the new facility will also include a 10,000-sq. . office area and main entrance. Norco pays forward its success, suppor ng both the local and na onal community. Most recently, needed provisions were sent to hurricane vic ms in Houston. The company has consistently par cipated in the ‘American Heroes’ Golf Ou ng that supports US veterans. And current President David Eberle has served as chairman of the board for both RCEDC and RAMAC. Reflec ng on his forty years at Norco, Eberle said, “Norco now has clients on six con nents, and I’ve been fortunate to have visited them all. I can honestly say that I’ve lived my dream.” And while living it, he seems to have opened a few doors to Norco’s con nuing success.

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More Than Your Typical Health Plan How Network Health helps members live healthier lives while reducing health care costs. Health insurance can be complex. That’s why Network Health promises to be more than a typical health plan. The locally owned, Wisconsin-based company has been around for more than three decades, partnering with local communi es and pu ng customers first. Co-owned by Froedtert Health and Ministry “We’ve always put our members first. Our brand Health Care, a part of Ascension, Network Health is how we treat people. understands the importance That’s the Network Health story,” says Jeremy of quality health care and believes it should be Kroll, Corporate Training convenient. With roots in Supervisor at Network northeast Wisconsin and Health. strong partnerships in southeast Wisconsin, the health plan is able to offer access to a large network of high-quality providers with deep discounts passed on to their customers. The company offers the efficiency of a largescale carrier, coupled with hometown service, making them a good fit for Wisconsin employers big and small. Network Health offers group plans to companies with as few as two enrolled employees, with three plan-funding op ons available so employers can choose which best fits their needs, depending on the level of financial responsibility they want to take on. Earning the RAMAC Endorsement At their headquarters The Racine Area in Menasha, Wisconsin, Manufacturers and Network Health Commerce (RAMAC) has associates handle every endorsed Network Health aspect of the business, for providing high-quality including mee ng with and cost-effec ve health employers and members plan solu ons to Racineone-on-one. area employers. Network

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Health is the only health insurance provider RAMAC has endorsed. As a part of this partnership, Network Health and RAMAC have worked together to provide RAMAC members with innova ve alterna ves to costly premiums. Network Health’s Assure product is one way Racine-area employers are able to provide their employees with quality coverage at an affordable cost. The Assure product is a level-funded plan, which means employers can benefit from the predictable, fixed monthly rates of a fully insured plan, but only pay for the health care that employees actually get. “As RAMAC members, we have witnessed firsthand their devo on to serving southeast Wisconsin employers, and we’re honored they have chosen to endorse Network Health,” states Keith Bell, Vice President of Underwri ng and Business Development. Through Network Health and RAMAC’s new partnership, RAMAC members are eligible for a premium discount and will have access to Network Health’s insurance experts. Network Health representa ves will a end RAMAC’s new member orienta on mee ngs to help employers determine the best insurance solu on for their company’s specific needs. Experience the Network Health Difference The one-on-one service RAMAC members have access to is what helped Network Health earn its



reputa on for service excellence. “We’ve always put our members first. Our brand is how we treat people. That’s the Network Health story,” says Jeremy Kroll, Corporate Training Supervisor at Network Health. Network Health customers rate the company higher than Wisconsin and na onal averages in the following categories.* • Claims handled correctly • Claims handled quickly • Customer service provided informa on needed • Able to see primary care doctor when needed • Able to see specialist when needed • Customer service Unlike insurers that may outsource to a call center, Network Health offers an in-house team of customer service representa ves to take care of their customers. Network Health associates live and work in the communi es they serve. At their headquarters in Menasha, Wisconsin, they do it all, from handling claims, billing and enrollment to mee ng with employers and members one-on-one. Network Health also has an office in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Network Health’s personalized service extends to their condi on management programs that assist members who need help managing their health condi ons. Registered nurse care managers work with members, empowering them to take charge of their health. “I love feeling like I’m actually making a difference. I’m working with individuals to make things easier all the way around,” says Yvonne Morrow, Care Manager at Network Health. The friendly, local and personal service Network Health provides its members is all a part of them living out their mission to enhance the life, health and wellness of the people they serve. For informa on on Network Health’s plan op ons, visit or call 800-826-0940.

The Corporate Values That Help Guide the Work of Network Health Innova on – Bringing ideas to life Service Excellence – Providing excep onal service at the right me, right place and with the right a tude Integrity – Demonstra ng honesty in every ac on Collabora on – Working as one team toward a common goal Accountability – Honoring and respec ng the trust people place in us

RAMAC member since 2017 *The source for data in this publica on is Quality Compass®2016 and is used with the permission of the Na onal Commi ee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). Any analysis, interpreta on, or conclusion based on these data is solely that of the authors, and NCQA specifically disclaims responsibility for any such analysis, interpreta on, or conclusion. Quality Compass is a registered trademark of NCQA. In the NCQA Health Insurance Plan Ra ngs 2016-2017, Network Health ranked fi h in the state and 48th in the na on.


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Academies of Racine: Growing Racine's Future Workforce By: Emily Neubauer, RUSD Senior Communication Specialist

Racine Unified School District’s Academies of Racine are paving the way for career and college readiness. Academies of Racine – Year One The Academies of Racine launched in fall, 2016 at RUSD’s three comprehensive high schools: Case, Horlick and Park. The Academies are designed to ensure students are be er prepared for college and the regional workforce. Through focused curriculum, small learning communi es and be er connec ons with local businesses and organiza ons, the Academies are helping students graduate with a plan. Within the Academies are specific Pathways, such as Culinary Arts, Engineering, Marke ng, Automo ve Technology and Construc on, among other specialty areas based on high-demand careers. While mee ng their regular high school gradua on requirements, students can earn college credits or industry cer fica ons and par cipate in internships, appren ceships or job shadowing. In fact, in the first year of the Academies of Racine:

• All 1,500 freshmen visited a college campus • 180 businesses and community organiza ons commi ed to partnering with RUSD • All 400+ high school teachers got the opportunity to engage with business and post-secondary partners “When a student works on or does a project that engages both mind and heart, they grow on a different level,” said Dan Thielen, Chief of Secondary Transforma on. “Overall, that makes that student retain informa on so much more.” Academies of Racine – Year Two As high school educa on in RUSD transforms, so do the high schools. This summer, Park High School built a brand-new mechatronics lab. Mechatronics is a field of science within Industry 4.0 where students learn how machines talk to one another and analyze the data those machines provide. During this course, students get the

Horlick High School teacher Bill Heidenreich works with three students during a lesson on electrical charges.

Three Case High School students work on iden fying different parts of the human brain during their Introduc on to Biomedical Sciences class.

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opportunity to learn advanced manufacturing skills, including how to program and troubleshoot computercontrolled machines. Thanks to RUSD’s partnership with SME Prime and the Emerson Founda on (InSinkErator), Park High School students will work directly with current manufacturing equipment, including a programmable robo c arm, donated to the school. Across town at Horlick High School, junior Damon Young gets ready to board the bus and head to the John H. Ba en Airport. Young has been to the airport before, but he’s never actually been on an airplane un l now. “It was so cool when we went to check out the plane. We got to sit in the cockpit and learn about some of the major controls.” Young is part of Horlick High School’s new Avia on Pathway. This year students will get the opportunity for hands-on learning as they dive deeper into the mechanics and avia on opera ng systems through the new avia on pathway. The plane, donated by Eric Lyon of Marine e, Wisconsin, will be kept at the airport, with hangar space donated by DeltaHawk Engines of Racine. The hangar also has classroom space for students to u lize. “We’ll get to spend the year learning how airplanes work. Those are pre y rare skills to learn, especially in high school,” Young said.

A Case High School student works during a class to fuse two pieces of metal together using a welding tool.

Park High School automo ve teacher Jerry Kobriger works with one of his students to explain the proper procedure for changing a re.

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As the Academies of Racine grow, RUSD high school students are becoming more engaged in handson, relevant learning. They will graduate ready for whatever comes next – college or career. Here are a few of their stories. Tyler Sell’s Story By the me Tyler Sell graduates from Case High School, he will be a Cer fied Tax Preparer, have a year of corporate HR experience on his resume, and will walk into his first year of college in Tyler Sell, HR intern at S. C. the fall with college Johnson & Son. credits already on his transcript. “I really want to set myself up for success, and I know how important it is to start in high school,” Sell explains. “I hope that a company in the future looks at my resume and says, ‘Wow! He did all of this in high school?’” Currently, Sell has an internship at S.C. Johnson & Son, resul ng from their partnership with Case High School. But Sell has created his success on his own. “Every day it is my job to make sure that people


that work at SCJ and travel for work get to where they need to be on me and at the best rate,” Sell says. “It’s very eye-opening working in the corporate environment, but I love it.” Next fall Sell will take his talents to Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona where he will pursue a degree in finance. Caila Holsapple’s Story It’s a beau ful Thursday a ernoon in October. School is out and high school students are busy making plans for the weekend. But senior Caila Holsapple Caila Holsapple prepares for the is nowhere to be found. work day ahead at her cubicle at Instead, she’s at her CNH Industrial. desk, in her cubicle at CNH Industrial, working on their next marke ng campaign. CNH Industrial is a global leader in the capital goods sector that ( through its various businesses) designs, produces and sells agricultural and construc on equipment. “I’m the marke ng and communica ons intern,” Holsapple says with a smile. “I cover a lot of different stuff and get a chance to dip my toes in everything.”

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“This opportunity has made me realize exactly what I want to do when I am ready for a career,” Holsapple said. “I’ve had experiences that not many people my age can say they’ve had. That can only boost my brand as a professional.” And she’s only seventeen. In the fall, Holsapple will a end Stevens College in Missouri. Another beginning to an already impressive story. Want to get involved and help prepare our future workforce? We value the many varied contribu ons of our partner businesses – from hos ng site visits, to hiring interns, to speaking to students at our SEE Your Future Expo. You can help RUSD ensure our graduates are ready to be your employees! Contact Dan Thielen at or 262-631-7075.

Caila Holsapple is proud to be an intern at CNHi





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CNH Industrial is a global leader in the design, production and sales of agricultural and construction equipment, commercial and specialty vehicles in addition to a broad portfolio of powertrain applications. Sustaining the future: from the products we design and produce, to the suppliers and components we use, and the facilities and local communities in which we operate, CNH Industrial embodies this belief at every level. As the Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the past six years, sustainability has become an integral part of our DNA.



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Leadership Racine Teaches Servant Leadership Leadership Racine has been a valued program of RAMAC for 20 years. Since the first program year in 1998, it has used the philosophy of community trusteeship - serving the primary needs of others by holding your community in trust. It is the ‘why’ of Leadership Racine. Over these past 20 years, the program has trained over 500 servant leaders and con nues to help develop individuals to have a lifelong commitment to community. Servant leadership, a concept that was defined by Robert K. Greenleaf in 1970, places the leader's focus on serving others first. Leadership Racine teaches community trusteeship by intertwining lessons on being a servant leader. The servant leadership model emphasizes increased service to others, a holis c approach to work, promo ng a sense of community, and the sharing of power in decision-making. Leadership Racine is a nine month program with each session highligh ng one or more of the servant leadership traits. These traits are: listening, empathy,

healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualiza on, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of people, and building community. Over the nine months, program par cipants immerse themselves in learning how to apply these traits in their community service as well as in their professional lives. Although these servant leadership characteris cs o en occur naturally within many individuals, they can be enhanced through learning and prac ce. Some people you may think of as servant leaders include Mahatma Ghandi and Mar n Luther King, Jr. But you can also find many companies who have integrated servant leadership into their corporate cultures. In fact, servant leadership plays a role in the work place in the lis ng of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For,’ provided annually by Fortune Magazine. Some of those companies include Starbucks, Aflac, and Men’s Wearhouse. Here are some recommended servant leadership prac ces that an individual can apply to their daily personal and professional life from the book, The Essen als of Servant-Leadership: Principles in Prac ce, by Anne McGee-Cooper and Gary Looper.

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LISTEN WITHOUT JUDGEMENT When a team member, employee, or volunteer comes to you with a concern, listen first to understand. Repeat back what you thought you heard and your understanding of the person’s feelings. Then ask how you can help. Listening also encompasses hearing one’s own inner voice and is essen al to the growth of the servant leader. BUILD COMMUNITY Find ways to show apprecia on for those who work with you. Servant leaders find ways to thank team members for everyday, rou ne work that can o en be taken for granted. Create frequent celebra ons. Enjoy recrea onal ac vi es together to help get to know each other in a broader and deeper sense. This will help build a founda on of trust and friendship that is cri cal in high-performance teams. GROWTH OF PEOPLE Take me to help others develop and grow into higher levels of leadership. Provide others with opportuni es to a end mee ngs they would not usually be invited to or find projects that you can colead while coaching them along the way. Taking an interest in the ideas and sugges ons of everyone and encouraging involvement in decision-making are all good prac ces of the servant leader. The Leadership Racine program will con nue to use the servant leadership traits to build community trusteeship through the development of strong, diverse and knowledgeable leaders. The curriculum of the program translates into individuals’ personal and professional lives and has proven to provide benefits that are far-reaching. For addi onal Leadership Racine program details visit or call Anna Clemen at 262.634.1931.


With this year’s class, LR celebrates 20 years! Markist Booker, SC Johnson Alisa Brantz, Mrs. Myers Reading Room Virginia Chabrier, Racine County Erika Chapman, Educators Credit Union Adriana Cochran, Express Employment Wendy Coey, Tavern League Rachel Coombs, Great Northern Corpora on Marcus Davis, Commercial Plas cs Juan Gamez, Racine County Workforce Solu ons Laura Gast, RUSD Tonya Hall, Twin Disc Laurie Hardy, Racine County Shelly Jensen, Journal Times Danielle Johnson, The Johnson Founda on H'Vyn Jones, SC Johnson Tim Lambiris,Johnson Bank Vicki Leisle, Johnson Outdoors Katrina Leonard, Girl Scouts of SE WI Jennifer Marx, Racine Friendship Clubhouse Courtney Payne, UW-Parkside Lesa Polzer, CNH Industrial Emelia Roso, City of Racine Kate Stump, CNH Industrial John Thielen, Gateway Technical College Amanda Thierfelder, Johnson Outdoors Russell Tillmann, St. Catherine's High School Kristen Vaughn, RUSD Joshua Vollendorf, Gateway Technical College Rachel Winters, Express Employment

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RAMAC Awards Dinner Awards: Young Professional of the Year Alicia Schmitz, CCB Technology Ascension Healthy Connec ons Award BRP Evinrude

DesignsTouch Apollo Award winner.

Apollo Award DesignsTouch Family Friendly Business of the Year Mul Products Company, Inc.

Alicia Schmitz, Young Professional of the Year, with colleagues from CCB Technology.

Retail/Service Business of the Year Willkommâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Manufacturer of the Year Burlington Graphic Systems Business Person of the Year Jenny Trick, RCEDC



Jim and Mike Willkomm received award for Retail/Services Business of the Year.

Manufacturing Business of the Year, Burlington Graphic Systems, being presented to JeďŹ&#x20AC; Knutson. Mark Patzke accep ng Mul Products award for Family Friendly Business.


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Emcee Ma Montemurro.

Ascension All Saints Healthy Connec ons Award went to BRP Evinrude, Wendy Wilson accepted on their behalf. Laura Million accep ng award for Jenny Trick, RCEDC, Business Person of the Year.

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INVEST INTO YOUR FUTURE WORKFORCE by partnering with the Academies of Racine. The long-term success of any company depends on their ability to prepare for the future. In the Racine-area business community, this means providing local students with practical, hands-on experiences through the Academies of Racine. By getting involved in their education today, your business can help students explore career interests and acquire life skills that transform them into more productive employees and successful leaders for the workplace of tomorrow. 32 Learn

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Business Blenders On October 4th Reed Switch Developments celebrated 50 years with family, friends and RAMAC members, who gathered for networking and camaraderie.

Linking Adults with Disabilities, Older Adults and Caregivers with Services The ADRC serves Racine County with free confidential information and assistance about community resources for seniors, caregivers and adults living with disabilities. The ADRC offers home visits along with caregiving resources and support. To find out about any of our services, please contact the ADRC at 262-833-8777.

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Overview: Established in 1946, Machinery & Factory Industrial Supply is a full line industrial distributor servicing customers in manufacturing, assembly and machining industries. To support our customers’ evolving needs, we offer a range of products and services, including vending management, crib management, and our S.A.M. Program (Supply, Apply & Manage). Our staff is focused on helping our customers solve tough applica on issues. This technical exper se, combined with our new e-commerce site, makes it easy for customers to do business with our company. What sets you apart? People, Products, Processes, and Posi ve Results. Our staff is con nually training to stay on top of the latest products and best prac ces. When a customer calls us, we have a solid base of knowledge to tap into. This can range from loca ng a tough-to-source product, helping a customer solve a produc on issue, or making recommenda ons for process improvement. Our inventory and response me, combined with a staff of subject ma er experts, provides our customers with a best of both worlds experience. What types of clients are you targe ng in the coming year? Our new e-commerce site is providing us with an exci ng opportunity to work more closely with exis ng customers. Many companies are interested in consolida ng vendor partners. With over 442,000 products online (and more coming soon), we can now offer our exis ng customers a wider range of cu ng tools and MROP products. The new e-commerce site also allows us to sell products beyond our tradi onal geographic range and into some new industries such as HVAC, plumbing, electrical, welding shops, and job shops. What is spurring/enabling your growth? We understand that our customers’ requirements are evolving, so we con nue to grow and evolve to meet our customers’ needs – providing the best mix of people, products and services. We’re always looking for new ways to improve each of these areas. For example, we regularly review our vendor base to ensure that we have the best product lines available.


Machinery & Factory Industrial Supply 1021 6th St., Racine Online catalog: h p:// Industry: Industrial Distributor Employees: 32 RAMAC member since: 1996 Contact: Charles Gray, President 262.634.3381 Best quote or advice: " Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.” - Henry Ford

What are your challenges? We are also aware of how demographic shi s con nue to change the way business is done. As baby boomers con nue to re re, millennials are becoming the fastest growing popula on in the industrial workforce. More than ever, Machinery & Factory is ensuring that we have the tools and technology in place to meet the needs of this genera on – both as an employer and as a vendor to our customers. The way we do business is changing and we are dedicated evolving and growing alongside it. Why is Racine a good place to do business? The people in Racine, along with the businesses here, are very dedicated to suppor ng other local business. In addi on, Gateway's SC Johnson iMET Center trade school and University of Wisconsin – Parkside in Kenosha are both dedicated to preparing a workforce that’s ready to support next-genera on manufacturing. This is a great benefit to our community, as companies are drawn to regions where there is a large talent pool of qualified job candidates. How does RAMAC membership help your business? RAMAC has its finger on the pulse of business both here in Racine and other parts of Wisconsin. They work hard at promo ng their membership to the community as a whole. One good example is local business leaders working in conjunc on with RAMAC to help build rela onships from company to company.

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Since 1918, Twin Disc has been developing, engineering, manufacturing and distributing power transmission products that are seldom seen, but are an essential part of the machines that impact our community and the nation.






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They’re not just products. They’re family. As a family company, we work hard to create innovative, quality products for other families. We also strive to be responsible corporate citizens, helping protect the planet’s resources, giving back to local communities and being a great place to work. Maybe that’s why families have trusted our products for five generations.


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