About Us

MOC serves 3,584 manufacturing enterprises in 33 counties in northern and western Wisconsin with:

  • 99% of manufacturers in these counties are small and medium-sized firms, employing fewer than 500 people
  • More than 70% employ fewer than 10 people


The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC)

  • Was established in July 1994 as part of the Federal Technology Project with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)/Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (HMEP) as its statutory funding source
  • Formed as a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Stout (UW-Stout) and five technical colleges—Chippewa Valley, Nicolet Area, Northcentral, Western, and Wisconsin Indianhead
  • Is headquartered at UW-Stout in Menomonie, Wisconsin and is one of numerous specialized outreach Centers within the Stout Technology Transfer Institute (STTI) housed under the UW-Stout Discovery Center

Our Mission
Engage manufacturers in executing strategies for greater profitability and long-term growth.

Our Vision        
The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) builds on its strong track record in working with industry leaders to put their companies on a path to positive growth and sustainable profitability. Through its strong partner networks, the MOC brings together resources and knowledge that help manufacturers become more efficient and effective. People interested in economic development seek out the organization to infuse innovation and best practices throughout the region. The Center has achieved clarity of its organizational design, and the MOC staff strives to strengthen the connections to University of Wisconsin-Stout as a means of delivering even better service to clients.

Our Values
• Integrity – personal demonstration of reliability and trust
• Sustainability – the capacity to endure
• Respect – recognition of trust, ethic and credibility
• Sincerity – genuine commitment to stand behind what is said and done
• Collaboration – working together toward mutually beneficial goals


Annual Report

2010-2011 Annual Report (PDF)

Chippewa River Industries

I can see the training CRI received from MOC as vital to CRI's future success. It opened a lot of eyes at CRI in terms of identifying waste and taking the measures to significantly reduce or eliminate it. Applying the Lean Principles we learned to one product line was a revelation in terms of the immediate positive impact this has on our operations. The MOC staff did a great job with teaching the perspective and vision one needs to have in order to properly implement these principles.

~ Dave Lemanski, Director

 Part of the MEP National Network

The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive. proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.

Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today's technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and its 1,300 trusted advisors and experts at nearly 600 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

In 2016, the MEP National Network connected with 25,445 manufacturers, leading to $9.3 billion in sales, $1.4 billion in cost savings, $3.5 billion in new client investments, and helping to create and retain more than 86,602 manufacturing jobs.

UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center is the official representative of the MEP National Network in Northwestern Wisconsin.