“The single largest challenge that fabricating and machining companies in Central Wisconsin face in growing their business is an on-going and projected lack of available skilled Welders and Machinists. CWIMMA is an action based alliance of manufacturers whose sole purpose is to assist in actively building a robust pipeline of people with these skills”

Jim McIntyre

CEO, Greenheck Group

The Central Wisconsin Metal Manufacturers Alliance (CWIMMA) is a voluntary organization of manufacturers in the welding, machining, fabrication and other advanced metal manufacturing industries. The single largest constraint that our members face to growing their business is the current and projected shortage of skilled applicants to support their manufacturing needs. Our alliance was formed to draw awareness to this skills shortage and to actively improve the pipeline of available people interested in careers in advanced metal manufacturing through training and education. Our members serve a wide variety of industries including contract machining, component fabrication, industrial air moving equipment, pressure vessel/tank manufacturing, cylinder fabrication, tube bending and others. CWIMMA is closely supported by the North Central Workforce Development Board, Centergy, Mid-State Technical College, Northcentral Technical College, chambers of commerce, as well as other educational institutions and economic development entities. With this support we are confident that our efforts will provide a plethora of career opportunities and macro-economic growth throughout our region.

CWIMMA's Current Accomplishments to Date:

Successful in the inception of Metal Mania a summer program at Mid-State Technical College that provides high school students and adults the opportunity to jump start their machine tool skills.

Supported Skills USA national competition for Mid-State students which resulted in a 2018 national student award in Machine Tool.

Expanded Heavy Metal Tour for middle school students from 350 to over 16,000 students and over 70 manufacturers to promote economic development, educational awareness, and career pathways for youth in North Central Wisconsin.

Expanded High School Welding Competition to 10  area school districts.

Instrumental in increasing the capacity of the welding program at Northcentral Technical College from 38 to 110 graduates annually.

Successful in establishing a partnership with Miller Electric to provide $400k in Welding Equipment to Northcentral Technical College.

Awarded a Fast Forward Grant of $200k to provide necessary incumbent worker training to employees at 15 area manufacturers participating in training programs.

Held an educators summit consisting of 16 area school districts in 9 counties to address meeting needs of schools and employers from an educational and economic development perspective.

Awarded 10 scholarships to high school students in 2016-2017.

12 Members participated in Youth Apprenticeship in 2016-2017 providing opportunities to over 30 students.