Membership Benefits

A large segment of manufacturers throughout northeast Wisconsin is growing more concerned about the lack of skilled manufacturing workers. As baby boomers retire, there are fewer and fewer people entering the manufacturing field to replace these workers. How can our companies continue to prosper if they do not have the workforce they need? The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance is a group of manufacturers working with educational institutions, workforce development boards, chambers of commerce, and state organizations to promote manufacturing in our 18-county region. The benefits of joining the NEW Manufacturing Alliance include the following.

MANUFACTURER Member Benefits

  • Your company receives a complimentary exhibit booth and up to 4 free tickets ($950 value) to the annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference held in October at the Resch Expo. For more details, go to:  www.manufacturingfirst.com.   
  • The Alliance hosts an annual internship event at Lambeau Field called Internship Draft Day. Colleges from throughout Wisconsin and Michigan attend the annual event.  The event is held in November.  Your company receives a complimentary exhibit booth, a $500 value. 
  • Nominate your employees for the All Star Awards.  Winners will be spotlighted in a careers magazine, in which 25,000 are distributed to students, parents, and educators.  The digital version has a 3-minute video featuring your employee.  To see the 2024 All Stars magazine, go to:  All Stars Magazines – Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (newmfgalliance.org)
  • The NEW Manufacturing Alliance has a resume distribution list of job seekers from production to professional.  You will receive monthly resumes based on your company’s interest.  To register, go to:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRB5VTK
  • We will promote your job opportunities on the NEWMA website and social media platforms, including LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  All you need to do is send Ann the job description and how you want the person to apply and we will post it on the website/social media platforms.
  • Hire a Hero – Resumes and profiles of veterans seeking employment are shared with companies that express interest in receiving this information.
  • The Alliance connects talent by sending you resumes of individuals that have completed training programs with My Brother’s Keeper, Forward Services, etc.
  • The Alliance posts on several social media platforms with over 4,000 followers. Be sure to send your company news for us to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.
  • Members can participate in the Alliance’s Member-to-Member Program, which acts as a vehicle to promote discounts on goods and services by and for Alliance members. Participation in the program is FREE and exclusive to members.
  • Your K-12 outreach opportunities are promoted on the Alliance’s website. The Alliance also connects your company to high school students via the Earn & Learn program.
  • Connect with K-12 by receiving a free exhibit booth for You Can Make It Career Expo at Greenville Middle School, a $300 value.
  • Attend the complimentary Quarterly Membership meetings with keynote speakers and content experts in March, June, October, and December. ($200 value).
  • Optional complimentary joint membership in the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance (NCMMA) (northcoastmma.com). For companies interested in being a supplier to marine builders, NCMMA membership includes an annual networking meeting held in April.
  • For the 2023-2024 school year, the Alliance will sponsor $50,000 in college scholarships for manufacturing-related degrees at 2 & 4-year regional colleges. In total, the Alliance has invested $500,000 in scholarships.
  • Training Grants – The Alliance has secured over one million dollars for Alliance member companies to train their employees regarding leadership, mechanical, and troubleshooting topics.
  • The Alliance offers continuing education courses in data analytics and project management.  The courses are offered via LinkedIn Learning that can be viewed at the best time for your employee, plus bi-weekly content expert virtual meetings.  All students must have a capstone project based on what they learned.  The courses are eight weeks in length.   
  • Participate in surveys on the aging workforce, Industry 4.0, and workforce development.
  • Your company can participate in one or more of the Alliance Task Forces: Talent, K-12, Communications, Industry 4.0, STEM, and Talent Risk.
  • Taps + Tours Business After Hours held every other month.
  • NEWMA Lunch & Learns are free webinars featuring an array of topics that you can view at no charge each month.
  • Your company’s website will be linked to the NEW Manufacturing Alliance’s website.
  • The Alliance is a unified voice for manufacturers to connect to change the image of manufacturing careers!

Annual Dues Structure for Manufacturers

The company’s total number of employees in northeast Wisconsin determines the cost of dues per year:

1 to 50 Employees $750
51 to 250 Employees $950
251 to 500 Employees $1,250
>500 Employees $2,000 

Associate Membership is available to non-manufacturing organizations and institutions that rely on a successful manufacturing sector, including service providers, suppliers, financial organizations, insurers, transporters, law firms, construction, third-party logistics, and distributors.  Associate members can only comprise 50 percent of the overall membership (Manufacturers plus Associate).  The annual membership fee is $2,500.  All Associate members must be approved by the steering committee.

For further information, please contact Ann Franz at (920) 498-5587 or ann.franz@nwtc.edu.


ASSOCIATE Member Benefits

  • Attend the complimentary quarterly, full membership meetings in March, June, October and December ($200 value). 
  • Internship Draft Day at Lambeau Field is held in November. Only Alliance members are eligible to attend this complimentary event ($500 value). 
  • Manufacturing First Expo and Conference is held in October. This event hosts great speakers and is an excellent networking opportunity. Members receive a complimentary booth and four admission tickets ($850 value). 
  • The Alliance will post your job openings on its website and other social media platforms.
  • Hire a Hero – Resumes and profiles of veterans seeking employment are shared with member companies interested in receiving this information.
  • The Alliance connects talent by sending you resumes of individuals that have completed training programs with My Brother’s Keeper, Forward Services, etc.
  • The Alliance posts on several social media platforms with over 4,000 followers. Be sure to send your company news for us to post on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and TikTok.
  • Members can participate in the Alliance’s Member-to-Member Program, which acts as a vehicle to promote discounts on goods and services by and for Alliance members. Participation in the program is FREE and exclusive to members.
  • Network with manufacturers.
  • Your K-12 outreach opportunities are promoted on the Alliance’s website. The Alliance also connects your company to high school students via the Earn & Learn program.
  • Free exhibit booth at You Can Make It Expo at Greenville Middle School ($300 value).
  • Optional complimentary joint membership in the North Coast Marine Manufacturing Alliance (NCMMA) (northcoastmma.com). NCMMA membership includes an annual networking meeting held in April for companies interested in being a supplier to marine builders.
  • For the 2023-2024 school year, the Alliance will sponsor $50,000 in college scholarships for manufacturing-related degrees at 2 & 4-year regional colleges. The Alliance has sponsored over $475,000 in scholarships.
  • Training Grants – The Alliance has secured over one million dollars for Alliance member companies to train their employees regarding topics on leadership, mechanical, and troubleshooting.
  • NEWMA training programs are offered to assist members with up-skilling and re-skilling employees in areas like project management and data analytics.
  • Participate in surveys related to the aging workforce, Industry 4.0, and workforce development.
  • The opportunity to participate in training and programming related to Industry 4.0.
  • Your company can join one or more of the Alliance Task Forces: Talent, K-12, Communications, Industry 4.0, STEM, and Talent Risk.
  • Partner with manufacturers to address the regional skills shortage!