Joint initiative aims to improve manufacturing productivity – A new joint initiative from economic development groups in Wisconsin aims to improve productivity in the state’s small and midsize manufacturers.

The Transformational Productivity Initiative is an effort from WEDC, Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Milwaukee 7.

The initiative identifies five factors closely tied to productivity: leadership and strategy, enterprise excellence, human capital management, technology, and growth and innovation.

Each of these factors is broken down into subcategories like organizational culture, employee turnover, management principles, and how open leadership is to new ideas, according to Kelly Armstrong, the project lead for WEDC.

She says this initiative is different from what other states are doing in this area as it takes a exhaustive approach, looking at how related performance areas tie together to influence productivity growth.

“That’s what makes this so unique,” she told “Some look at labor productivity, but won’t look at leadership… It’s different because it’s comprehensive.”


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