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  • Manufacturing Month

    Manufacturing Day is a celebration of all things manufacturing and is designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. In addition to celebrating Manufacturing Day, Wisconsin designates the whole month of October as Manufacturing Month. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers in Wisconsin account for 18.57% of the total output in the state, employing 16.97% of the workforce. Total output from manufacturing was $64.88 billion in 2019. In addition, there were an average of 472,000 manufacturing employees in Wisconsin in 2020.


  • Thank you to our 2021 Manufacturing Month Sponsor!


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  • Past Winners

  • 2021 2021

    Small Manufacturer

    Skin Care Line - Hippychick Penny's Soaps & Body Care

    Hippychick Penny creates soaps and skin care to tickle your senses and make your skin happy. All products are formulated, manufactured, and packaged in Fort Atkinson, WI using ingredients and packaging sourced from small businesses in the Midwest. These products make up a quality skin care line that makes people smile at a reasonable price.

    Large Manufacturer

    Breakfast Meats - Jones Dairy Farm

    Did you know that Jones Dairy Farm ships products manufactured here in Fort Atkinson to 21 countries around the world? Dry aged bacon, all natural sausage and naturally smoked ham are sold in all 29 Costcos in Japan! Jones Dairy Farm even has a website in Japanese for consumers. Jones Dairy Farm is celebrating its 132nd year of being family owned and operated this year and despite sticking true to time honored traditions and recipes, Jones Dairy Farm continues to innovate and grow on an international level.

    2020 2020

    Small Manufacturer

    Handmade Spear Fishing Decoys - Ryan Ebert

    My handmade spear fishing decoys are functional pieces of art, commonly used throughout the "Ice Belt" states during the winter months. They're also sought nationwide by collectors and as cabin decor. Each one is carved from cedar, carefully weighted to swim a slow circle, painted, and clear coated to withstand use in freezing water and being struck by Northern Pike. These examples of American folk art can look like anything from real fish to imagined colorful critters. After the decoys are retired from use they remind their owners of fond days spent on frozen lakes with friends and family.

    Large Manufacturer

    Mobile Storage Systems - Spacesaver

    What do Queen Victoria’s undergarments, presidential memorabilia, 6,000-pound torpedoes, and Coca-Cola collectibles have in common? They’re all stored on Spacesaver’s Mobile Storage Systems! Spacesaver began with a couple of guys tinkering around with shelving in a barn in Fort Atkinson. By placing shelving units on rails, they realized they could increase storage capacity, improve productivity, and even save energy by storing more stuff in the same space. Now hundreds of employees help design and manufacture a variety of Spacesaver Mobile Storage Systems, which are entrusted with holding some of the coolest, most important, and interesting objects in the world.

    2019 2019

    Mobile GROW Systems - Spacesaver

    Spacesaver's mobile GROW systems optimize every cubic inch of indoor farms by reducing the number of aisles and wasted space, allowing producers to grow vertically up to 30 feet tall. In the basement of a building in the heart of Manhattan, a restaurant uses fresh herbs and greens from an indoor farm year-round, made possible with Spacesaver’s GROW system. On the other side of the U.Sl, cannabis cultivators in California use the same systems to save space, improve efficiency, and increase yield.

    2018 2018

    C.H.A.R.L.I.E. - Nasco

    Baby C.H.A.R.L.I.E. allows professionals to gain the confidence they need to perform complicated procedures on an actual infant in real-life situations. After training with baby C.H.A.R.L.I.E. healthcare professionals feel prepared to tackle the real-world challenges which they face every day. Nasco Healthcare – real training for real life.