Join us for a special BEAR Discussions Podcast episode being recorded LIVE on Zoom, featuring CVTC Manufacturing Instructor Wade Latz. In addition to touching the lives of college students daily. Latz also started a nonprofit called Manufacturing Save Our Schools (SOS) Alliance, which works with school districts to provide a more realistic education to school age students. Thank you, St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls for being our partner in this educational series.
To increase awareness about the benefits of working in the trades, CEDC continues to collaborate with our local schools. We were pleased to assist Cadott with their Career Expo in early April. Through our many Business Expansion And Retention (BEAR) visits, we know the importance of skilled trades. These jobs vary from mechanics to construction workers, from welders to hairstylists, and are a critical component of our labor force. For years, interest in these skill trade jobs has continued to decline - in part because of the continued push by parents, teachers, and student peer groups to go to a university and get that four year degree. CEDC investors and stakeholders throughout the Chippewa Valley gathered in the gym at Cadott High School for one reason - to educate CHS students that the [...]
The Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC) was established in 1986 by Eau Claire County, the City of Eau Claire, Chippewa County, Eau Claire Area Economic Development Corporation, Chippewa Economic Development Corporation, and Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) as a regional partnership for the purpose of supporting new and emerging entrepreneurial businesses in the Eau Claire area. During their 36 year history, the CVIC has successfully proven to be a productive tool in growing our region's entrepreneurial ecosystem. Their current facility, located on 3132 Louis Avenue in Eau Claire, specializes in assisting manufacturing startups. Recently, the CVIC Board had their monthly meeting at Chippewa Valley Technical College's Manufacturing Education Center, adjacent to the Eau Claire Gateway Campus, where Board members were able to tour and receive an update on the Advanced Manufacturing Center's activities. This [...]
Join the CEDC, Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), PMI LLC, and Senator Tammy Baldwin for a discussion on talent, workforce, and manufacturing in the Chippewa Valley.
Generations Academy is a non-profit charter school in Eau Claire, WI that specializes in individual development and project-based learning. Recently, the Generations Academy students had a business unit; every child from five to eighteen years old was instructed to come up with a business idea. In addition to the hands-on experience they got from their business projects, two groups of students were also able to see small businesses in action by receiving a tour of the Chippewa Valley Innovation Center (CVIC). CVIC Board President and CEDC Board Chair, Tom Waldusky, guided both groups of students through each bay in the building. The students also got to hear from and speak with two CVIC tenants: Dave Espeseth, owner of Excel Medical Corp., and Anthony Nied, owner of Safe & Simple Organic Lawns. Both had their [...]
Across the country, state governors and officials are making it known that Manufacturing Month is well underway, even in the face of changes to the celebrations because of COVID-19. The manufacturing industry is a vital part of Wisconsin's economy, employing more than 475,000 Wisconsinites, accounting for 19 percent of gross domestic products, and contributing over $63 billion to Wisconsin's economy. Due to retirements and economic expansion, there will be significant opportunities for employment in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry, underscoring the need to ensure a robust talent pipeline now and in the years to come. Manufacturing Month helps to promote manufacturing as a viable career in Wisconsin, build awareness of the contributions of manufacturing businesses, and help future generations to explore career opportunities in manufacturing. Throughout the month, manufacturers will be opening their doors to communities [...]
In fabric shops and on factory floors, the race is on to make and manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE) in the United States, including Wisconsin before supplies run out for those on the front lines of the coronavirus outbreak. Medical staff wear face shields over face masks while treating patients to protect against flying respiratory droplets that can transmit COVID-19, such as from coughs and sneezes but now more than ever protective equipment of all kinds has become hard to find. Healthcare workers have shared that face shields are especially critical because staff now wear them routinely during the race against the war of COVID-19. Here in Wisconsin, the Chippewa Valley and our community that we call home, organizations at the County and local levels are looking to help identify any Wisconsin companies [...]
UW-Stout (MOC) partners with CCEDC & Drylock Technologies to kick-off Lean Certificate Series + SME Bronze
Recently, CCEDC was asked by our economic partner UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (hereafter MOC), to help promote their Lean Certification Training Program. In today’s workplace CCEDC understands that Lean Certifications can open up many employee opportunities, position the employee for possible promotions, help the employee better understand a production process within a business, and improve organizational operations by eliminating non-value-added steps (wastes) in processes. Drylock Technologies in Eau Claire, Wisconsin continued on their Lean journey by participating with the MOC by hosting this high impact Lean Certification Training Series. Over fifteen employees from Drylock Technologies and other advanced manufacturers from and around Chippewa County are participating in the class. To further build the talent pipeline in Chippewa County the MOC, CCEDC, and Drylock Technologies reached out to the Chippewa Falls High School to [...]
While Wisconsin continues to experience substantial growth in the manufacturing, construction, healthcare, engineering and many others industries the pace of change continues to accelerate as we prepare tomorrow's workers for their future jobs, some which do not even exist yet. Many middle schools, high schools and post-secondary institutions are quickly adapting their programs and curriculum to best prepare our students for these new advancements and environments that are developing right here in Wisconsin. To help strengthen our local employers and district stakeholders Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation (CCEDC) and CESA 10 hosted a seminar on February 12th, 2020 where over a dozen businesses and district leaders gathered for a conversation regarding "Central Region Business & Industry." This seminar luncheon provided district stakeholders valuable feedback from Chippewa County companies on their labor market needs, [...]
The potential exists to increase local companies’ sales through exporting. CCEDC hosted a round table discussion where over a dozen Chippewa Valley companies asked questions about the advantages of exporting their products to Central Europe. Paul Smerda, the Senior Manager at Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) European Trade Representative Firm in Berlin, Germany lead a discussion and answered questions concerning the upcoming WEDC trade venture to Germany in June 2020, market trends, and recommended pro-active sales strategies for doing business in countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Scandinavia. Wisconsin has a history of strong German immigration and shares many similarities such as a strong manufacturing base, an emphasis on quality, and instilling a strong work ethic. In 2018 Germany was Wisconsin’s 4th largest trading partner exporting $814 million worth of goods and [...]