WMEP board adds manufacturing executives

Mary Isbister, president of GenMet Corp. of Mequon, was elected secretary of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP).

From: BizTime Daily for Monday, August 31, 2009

Three Wisconsin manufacturing leaders have been elected to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership (WMEP).
The WMEP is a private, nonprofit organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers. The WMEP’s 21-member board of directors is comprised of business, labor, education and state government leaders.

The new WMEP board members are:

  • Troy Berg, president of Dane Manufacturing Inc., a precision stamping and sheet metal fabricating firm that serves U.S.-based original equipment manufacturers.
  • Tom Duffey, president of Plastics Components Inc. (PCI), a Germantown-based producer of injection molded plastic parts. Since Duffey started the company in 1989, it has grown from a 10,000 square-foot-facility with three presses to a 44,000 square-foot-facility with 42 presses.
  • Tom Jacobson, vice president of operations at Bruno Independent Living Aids Inc., a global original equipment manufacturer of durable medical equipment products including stairlifts, vertical platform and vehicle lifts and turning automotive seating.

The new board members will serve three-year terms.
“There’s no question our organization will benefit greatly from the talent, experience and commitment of these individuals. We’re grateful for their willingness to serve,” said Jim Martin, newly-elected WMEP board chair and director of operations for Donaldson Company, which has a division in Stevens Point. “Their efforts will be instrumental in helping WMEP achieve its mission to elevate Wisconsin manufacturing to be the best in the world, and in the near-term, help state manufacturers survive the recession and thrive in recovery.”
In addition, Michael Erwin, president of Tailored Label Products Inc. in Menomonee Falls, was elected vice chair of the WMEP, and Mary Isbister, president of GenMet Corp. of Mequon, was elected secretary.