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with Buckley Brinkman

12/01/16

You’re missing the point on manufacturing

I keep reading about how we need to create more jobs in order to boost our economy. These stories miss the point that jobs are not the issue — workers are.

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11/03/16

Our next challenge: the body gap

The skills gap is a complicated problem, but the body gap will be even thornier because our options are more limited.

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10/20/16

When the skills gap becomes a body gap

We face a serious challenge to our economic future. Our skills gap is quickly changing into a body gap. Wisconsin addresses the skills gap as well as anyone in the country. Unfortunately, all of this effort will not be enough to overcome changing demographics. A shrinking workforce will require companies to improve productivity by almost 30% in order to maintain our present lifestyle. Making this transformation requires a new integrated approach, centered on three Ts: talent, technology, and techniques.

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10/11/16

Hug a manufacturer! Cheer on a STEM teacher! Encourage a student!

Happy Manufacturing Month! It’s time to celebrate!

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10/06/16

Three Ts for transformation

Manufacturing (and the rest of our economy) faces a tumultuous market in the next few years. Accelerating change, demographic trends, and discontinuous innovation will create new challenges for all companies, but even more for manufacturers.

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About This Blog

Buckley Brinkman is executive director and CEO of the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing & Productivity and writes about the manufacturing sector in Greater Madison and throughout Wisconsin. He has a breadth of experience in helping companies drive growth, world-class competitiveness, and performance excellence, and has led efforts to save dozens of operations in the U.S. by finding new ways for them to compete. A Wisconsin native, Brinkman holds a business degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

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