WAUKESHA COUNTY BUSINESS ALLIANCE, INC. | WAUKESHA.ORG 22 The Alliance has also hosted past tours of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Rapid Prototyping Center (RPC). The group has remained focused on best practice sharing. This has included past operational tours for manufacturing leaders and best practice sharing among manufacturing human resources professionals. “TLX Technologies has benefited from our relationship with both the Alliance and other manufacturers. Through the exchange of ideas on employee recruitment, technology, and world markets, we have learned how to better engage and serve our own target markets,” said Neil Karolek, president of TLX Technologies in Pewaukee and member of the Manufacturing Executive Council. As the number one contributor to Wisconsin’s economy, manufacturers in the state employ nearly one in five workers. The stats in Waukesha County mirror those statewide – manufacturing accounts for roughly 20 percent of the jobs in Waukesha County. Eaton, a global producer of power management technologies, is one example of manufacturing’s impact on our local, regional and state economy. “Eaton is proud of our commitment to the communities in Waukesha and Milwaukee counties. We made nearly $300,000 in charitable contributions in the state,” said Guillaume Laur, senior vice president & general manager. “During the last two years, we have invested $34 million into a 233,000-square-foot expansion in Waukesha. Eaton’s six locations in Wisconsin employ more than 1,500 employees.” Another example is Waukesha manufacturer Wildeck, which recently announced plans to move its corporate headquarters to a new location in the City of Waukesha to accommodate continued growth. At 21+ acres, the new campus is more than three times the size of Wildeck’s current facility and the new buildings will undergo major construction and renovation in advance of a planned 2024 opening.