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Jan 3, 201802:55 PMMaking Madison

with Buckley Brinkman

Reflecting forward on manufacturing possibilities

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Foxconn accelerates these changes. It brings an entirely new industry — not just a new company — to North America. None of us know how this will change Wisconsin. We do know this addition will generate new opportunities in recruiting workers and new markets for our companies. Manufacturing eyes from across the country will be on Wisconsin. Foxconn will accelerate and accentuate all of the key manufacturing trends. We will either take advantage of the situation or be left behind.

It’s time to take action. Make sure you have a narrative about how these forces will affect you and your organization. Know when you need to move boldly and what you will do. This is not the year to be a spectator and watch events unfold. It’s time to step on the field and play your role.

The New Year holds great promise for Wisconsin. Our strong manufacturing base will only improve as our great alliances make more progress on the issues facing the state. In addition, Foxconn’s impact will begin to take hold and up everyone’s game. It should be a wild ride.

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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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