Manufacturing Advantage Conference

September 19-20, 2017

University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie, WI

The 10th annual Manufacturing Advantage Conference and Tech Showcase will kick off on Tuesday, September 19 at 1:00 PM with industry programming tracks in Smart Manufacturing, Innovation, and Workforce Strategy. On September 20, the day will begin with our featured keynote speaker. Following the keynote, additional industry programming tracks will continue, and the Tech Showcase exhibits will be open.  Manufacturing Advantage is designed for Wisconsin Manufacturers to showcase industry technology, success stories, new developments, and provide premier networking opportunities. We look forward to seeing you there!

Come for the Conference, Stay for the Tech Showcase!

The UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center (MOC) in collaboration with WMEP has worked to infuse a tech showcase into the annual Manufacturing Advantage Conference. The centers, both affiliated with the national NIST / MEP system, are committed to uncovering pathways to greater profitability and growth for small to mid-sized manufacturers in Wisconsin. 

In an effort to support the proactive initiatives of our manufacturers, the 2017 Manufacturing Advantage Conference & Tech Showcase is being designed to showcase even more emerging technologies from a variety of companies and agencies. We are seeking the input of manufacturers across the state to determine their needs as relative to technology and the greatest areas of interest for innovation and research. It is our goal that these efforts can provide exposure and interaction with these leading technology solutions in the most meaningful way.

Get On Board Our 2017 Tours!

UWEC Materials Science and Engineering Center

UW-Eau Claire Materials Science and Engineering Center
UW-Eau Claire Science and Engineering Center provides a perfect nexus for the expertise of university faculty, the eagerness of student researchers, and the needs of area industry - where research and development puts knowledge to practical use solving real-world materials issues. Conference tour participants will tour the Center's laboratory facilities on the UW-Eau Claire campus, and meet with the Center Director and area faculty. Come curious and learn what the Center has to offer!



CURT Group

CURT Group
CURT is the leading manufacturer of USA-made hitches and a complete line of towing products, including gooseneck, 5th wheel and weight distribution hitches, as well as electrical components, ball mounts, trailer balls, cargo carriers and bike racks. Conference tour participants will be touring CURT's main manufacturing facility in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Don't miss this rare chance to see how these products are made!



Hosted by the UW-Stout MOC

Welcome SME!

SME logo

The 2017Manufacturing Advantage Conference and Tech Showcase is excited to welcome SME, the leading student and professional association for educating and advancing the manufacturing industry in North America.

Contact Information

Professional Education Programs and Services
221 10th Avenue E
Menomonie, WI 54751

Heidi Rabeneck
Phone: 715.232.5506
Fax: 715.232.3385