Resources for Advanced Manufacturing

As a manufacturing across key industries experiences unprecedented transformation, WSN provides you access to partners and initiatives to help you navigate specific resource needs. WEDC works with leading Wisconsin-based partners to offer solutions to help you improve productivity, accelerate technology adoption and strengthen global competitiveness. Connect with the following resources to get started:

COVID-19 Business Resources

This page is designed to provide the latest, best information to our clients and the citizens of Wisconsin on resources aimed at maintaining the vitality of the companies upon which our economy depends. As the volume of inquiries through our phone lines and website prevents us from responding individually to people as we would like, we invite you to visit this page regularly. We plan to update this directory as new information and resources become available.

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Connected Systems Institute (CSI)

Focused on IoT, data systems and the connections between hardware and software processes, CSI helps support small-midsize manufacturers as they integrate operations and process into a connected enterprise. UW-Milwaukee launched this multidisciplinary collaboration with partners including Rockwell Automation, Microsoft, Ansys and other industry leaders.

Contact CSI to get started.



WMEP works with manufacturers every day to help develop a framework for secure business operations. With a comprehensive four-step cybersecurity program, they will help you gauge your current situation and tailor a plan specifically based on your internal capabilities, budget and timeline.  Specifically, WMEP works to help support DoD suppliers who must meet the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum cybersecurity standards or risk losing federal contracts.

Learn more here

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Transformational Productivity Initiative (TPI)

This program of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP) offers a set of tools and delivery systems to help manufacturers assess and prioritize actions to increase productivity, from basic process improvements to automation and digital technology integration.

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The NEW Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA)

is a group of manufacturers that works with educators, workforce development, chambers of commerce and state organizations to promote manufacturing in the northeast Wisconsin region, with the vision that every northeast Wisconsin manufacturer will find the talent it needs.

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The Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)

a nonprofit organization established in 1987, helps businesses in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties to create, develop and grow their federal, state and local government sales, revenues, profits and jobs.

Contact WPI to learn more.

For an additional overview of resources and manufacturing in Wisconsin, download our industry profile.