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Wisconsin: a great place to grow

By Elizabeth Arcega
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

Generations of business leaders have recognized the advantages of doing busi­ness in Wisconsin, given its location at the heart of the United States’ leading manu­facturing and agriculture region.

Wisconsin is an ideal place to live and work as it offers a positive business cli­mate and has a highly skilled and dedi­cated workforce. An excellent highway, rail, airport and port system exists in the state, which allows for the rapid distribution of goods and services across the globe. 

Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Reed Hall

Wisconsin is also home to the highly regarded University of Wisconsin System and Wisconsin Technical College System, both of which help prepare the future workforce.

The state also has a low chance of nat­ural disasters, which reduces the risk of downtime and reduced productivity. Wisconsinites, likewise, also enjoy a high qual­ity of life and have one of the lowest cost-­of-living indices in the country.

Wisconsin is proud to have Kikkoman Foods call it home for an important part of its operations for more than 40 years. Kikkoman’s soy sauce plant in Walworth also benefits from the region’s excellent agricul­ture capacity as well as abundant fresh wa­ter. Dozens of other companies with Japanese affiliations have also benefited from operations in Wisconsin.

Additionally, several major Wisconsin companies have substantial operations in Japan, including Briggs and Stratton, Harley Davidson, Johnson Controls and ManpowerGroup

“Wisconsin looks forward to building upon our strong ties with Japan to create even more mutually beneficial opportuni­ties for business growth.” 

Wisconsin is an active participant in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, which strengthens ties between the state and its fifth-largest trading partner. There is also the strong twin state relationship with Chiba Prefecture, as well as the active busi­ness, science and technology, education and cultural exchanges between the two regions.

“Wisconsin looks forward to building upon our strong ties with Japan to create even more mutually beneficial opportuni­ties for business growth,” said Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Secretary and Chief Executive Officer Reed Hall.

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

ManpowerGroup makes golden opportunities

By Elizabeth Arcega
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of the launch of ManpowerGroup operations in Japan, the country’s first temporary staffing service company. Over five decades, the company has seen huge demographic, socioeconomic and technological changes in Japan that have affected the country’s talent pool and the competitiveness of Japanese employers. 

ManpowerGroup Japan Chairman Darryl Green

ManpowerGroup, a staffing industry pioneer founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1948, became the first organization to introduce women into the work­force and help them thrive professionally.

It was also the first to launch a comprehensive global work­force survey — the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey — considered today one of the most trusted forecasters of the world’s labor markets.

A Fortune 500 company, ManpowerGroup has $20 bil­lion in turnover and operates in 80 countries and territories. Despite its extensive reach, the company’s focus remains simple: helping employees and compa­nies reach their full potential by connecting clients to talent and people to meaningful work.

With its unrivaled expertise in staffing, ManpowerGroup addresses talent needs of em­ployers worldwide. In fact, more than 90 percent of its revenue is generated outside of the United States. 

ManpowerGroup Japan President Masa Ikeda

In light of that, the strategic significance of Japan, one of ManpowerGroup’s top five markets, cannot be overstated. Its enduring presence in the Japanese market enables the company to apply its expert ca­pabilities to help clients achieve success in a constantly changing economic environment Japanese companies looking to expand overseas or interna­tionalize their operations rely on ManpowerGroup’s strategic advice to optimize their perfor­mance and reach the right tal­ent.

Reaffirming its commitment to clients and candidates, Man­powerGroup is honored to have provided nearly 50 years of in­novative recruitment and talent management solutions to help Japanese employers and em­ployees.

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

The Connected Enterprise enhanced by Internet of Things

By Elizabeth Arcega
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

While manufacturing is some­times seen as a technology lag­gard, Rockwell Automation sees an inrush of technology that’s changing the landscape from la­bor intensity to highly productive production processes. 

Luzine Anderson reviews an automated optical inspection, magnified on a video screen, at Rockwell Automation. It can be monitored from different global locations.

As a result, industry is now at an inflection point driven by the growing convergence of information technology (IT) and opera­tions technology (OT), a merging that Rockwell Automation calls “The Connected Enterprise.” While OT refers to industrial equipment (machines, control­lers, sensors and actuators), IT is the world of end-to-end busi­ness processes.

The Connected Enterprise links people, processes and technol­ogy to improve productivity, sustainability and economic per­formance, which is enabled by an integrated control and information architecture and results in a smarter, more productive and more secure environment. This environment is further enhanced by the “Internet of Things” technologies. 

Joe Rosing shows how Rockwell Automation’s FactoryTalk Production- Centre software allows real-time monitoring of manufacturing processes anywhere in the world from its Ohio plant.

Specifically, The Connected Enterprise delivers faster time to market, improved asset utiliza­tion and optimization, lower to­tal cost of ownership and safer, more secure enterprise risk management.

Based in Milwaukee, Rockwell Automation is the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information and employs about 22,500 people serving customers in more than 80 countries. 

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

U.S. Midwest 2014 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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