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  • Friday, September 23, 2016 11:23 AM | Anonymous


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    6 Ways XRM Helps You Manage Distributed Assets



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    When you're dealing with complex distributed assets, you need powerful tools in place to monitor and analyze the asset data. XRM gathers relevant information into one place, making it easier to monitor data points, identify standard procedures and automate routine tasks. Learn six ways to improve how you manage distributed assets with XRM.  Read More








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    The Industrial Internet of Things: Exploring the Possibilities



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    While most manufacturers have thus far viewed IIoT solely as a strategy for improving operational efficiencies, many are now weighing the growth and revenue opportunities that IIoT may hold. In the spirit of innovation brainstorming, here are a few ways in which consumer-based IoT solutions might translate to serve the industrial side of IoT.  Read More


















    8 Ways Data Monitoring Drives Manufacturing Productivity



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    Drive productivity and profitability with data monitoring across a variety of processes in your manufacturing organization. Everything from downtime measurements and labor analysis to back office productivity and supply chain reporting could benefit from more effective data monitoring efforts.  Read More


















    Using Trend Analysis And Data Monitoring To Offer The Right Warranty



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    To create meaningful product warranties that don't negatively impact your business, you need data visibility. With the right data monitoring efforts, manufacturers are able to view who's making warranty claims, and track that data across a product line to determine whether to extend the warranty or redesign the product.  Read More




  • Friday, September 16, 2016 6:44 PM | Anonymous

    Three tips to get compliant with new overtime requirements
    Debra Pagel | Director – HR Consulting
    The Department of Labor finalized major changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also modifies regulations around overtime. The changes go into effect December 1, 2016, and you may need to implement some serious adjustments to your time tracking and overtime processes. While the December 1 deadline might seem far off, it is crucial you begin making these modifications now. Follow these three tips to get started. Read more→

    Three tips to get compliant with new overtime requirements
    Debra Pagel | Director – HR Consulting

    The Department of Labor finalized major changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also modifies regulations around overtime. The changes go into effect December 1, 2016, and you may need to implement some serious adjustments to your time tracking and overtime processes. While the December 1 deadline might seem far off, it is crucial you begin making these modifications now. Follow these three tips to get started. Read more→

    Give your password a workout…
    Steve Hyde, MS, MBA | CIO & Director, Information Technology Services
    We’re constantly bombarded with reminders to pump up and stay fit. But, have you considered the fitness of your computer security? Well, here’s your cue to think about it before you need to repair your credit or regain your identity at the hands of a malicious hacker. Read more→

    Consider cultural fit during mergers and acquisitions
    Amy Biersteker, MSE | Strategic Business Advisor & Director – HR Consulting
    When your company is facing a substantial change, such as a merger or acquisition, there are countless factors to scrutinize. The trap many organizations fall into is concentrating on the financial aspects of the deal while ignoring the softer people considerations. For a smooth cultural transition, the two should work in concert. Learn how you can help ensure both company owners and employees are comfortable with the impending changes. Read more→

    Form 1095-C: Schenck is ready to assist you!
    Terri Lillesand, CPA | Shareholder
    The complex requirements surrounding ACA reporting are often confusing. Schenck’s highly trained professionals can help you understand your requirements, saving you time, money and stress. Read more→


  • Friday, September 16, 2016 10:17 AM | Anonymous


    For Immediate Release
    September 14, 2016

    Lisa Hagenow, Business Communications Writer

    Schenck presents M&A Forum with keynote presenter Mark Murphy

    WISCONSIN – Schenck M&A Solutions is hosting an annual M&A Forum, “Crossroads to Clarity: Find Success in your M&A Journey,” featuring keynote presenter Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers. The forum will be held Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium, 1265 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay. Registration begins at 2 p.m. and a reception will follow.

    Participants will learn how to navigate business succession decisions, determine the best time to sell and understand key drivers behind a successful transition. Business owners who are at a crossroads deciding whether to grow the business or exit will learn how to objectively evaluate its cycles and successfully blend the financials with the psychological aspects of this major change.

    Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Green Bay Packers, will provide the keynote, “Leadership Crossroads.” Ann Hanna, managing director of Schenck M&A Solutions, will moderate a panel discussion of professionals who will share insight into creating a roadmap to M&A success. Panelists include Brian Kelly, Bulk Lift International, LLC; Lisa Reardon, OwnersEdge, Inc.; Vince Shiely, Lubar & Co.; and Corey Vanderpoel, Schenck M&A Solutions. Participants will also choose to attend one of the four breakout sessions offered.

    To register, visit the Schenck website at schencksc.com/events. There is no cost to attend. Contact Karie Matthias at 920-996-1261 or karie.matthias@schencks.com with questions.

    About Schenck M&A Solutions

    Schenck M&A Solutions, a division of Schenck SC, consists of a dedicated group of investment banking professionals providing M&A advisory services for business sales and divestitures, acquisitions, management buyouts and recapitalizations. The M&A team approaches transactions with creativity, a strong sense of urgency and the negotiation skills and deal expertise critical to complete transactions in the best interests of its clients. Schenck M&A Solutions is uniquely positioned having the dedicated M&A experience of a boutique investment bank backed by the breadth of knowledge and resources of a large accounting and advisory firm. For more information, visit schencksc.com/mergeradvisors.

    Securities offered through Burch & Company, Inc., member FINRA/SiPC. Burch & Company and Schenck M&A Solutions are not affiliated entities. Principals of Schenck M&A Solutions are registered investment banking representatives with Burch & Company.

  • Friday, September 16, 2016 10:00 AM | Anonymous


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    Risk Management Overview and Workers' Compensation Law Changes Seminar

    You and your team are invited to attend this complimentary seminar on October 12, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West – Wauwatosa Hotel.

    Review the basic elements of risk management and insurance AND receive updates from experts on recent Workers’ Compensation law changes in Wisconsin and what they may mean to your organization.

    The morning session will provide an opportunity for attendees to enhance their knowledge of issues and trends changing the insurance marketplace, presented in a practical, usable format.  Subjects will include: 

    • Property & Casualty Market Overview
    • Cyber Risk and Social Engineering:  Exposure analysis and risk financing considerations
    • Workers’ Compensation:  Premiums, experience mod, loss sensitive/guaranteed cost
    • Executive Risk – D&O/Employment Practice/Fiduciary/ Crime/Kidnap & Ransom: Exposure analysis and risk financing considerations
    • Claims Management and Safety Loss Control as part of Risk Management Strategy

    The working lunch discussion will cover drones - risks, regulatory framework and coverage.
    The afternoon Session will feature a lively discussion of Act 180 (WI Workers’ Compensation Act) and its effect on Wisconsin business. Presenters will include plaintiff and defense attorney, and an administrative law judge

    Who Should Attend: CFO’s, Controllers, Risk Managers, Insurance Managers, Treasurers, Human Resources Personnel, Safety Professionals, Claims Managers, Employee Health Professionals, Occupational Health Nurses, Operations Managers, and Company Owners.

    You are welcome to extend this invitation to members of your team.

    Registration: Space is limited. Please reserve your complimentary seat on the
    registration page no later than October 7.

    We look forward to seeing you!



    Wednesday, October 12, 2016

    8:30 a.m. Registration and Breakfast 
    9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Seminar with Lunch
    3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Refreshments

    Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West
    Wauwatosa Hotel 
    10499 Innovation Drive
    Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226
    Location and Directions

    For questions about this event, please contact Bill Powers at
    william.powers@aon.com or 920.431.6208

  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 11:31 AM | Anonymous

    Manufacturing Tomorrow

    Why Should Manufacturers Track Accumulation And Dock-To-Dock Time?

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    Accumulation is a key metric to track to ensure optimal productivity and efficiency. Another good measurement to track is dock-to-dock time. That's used to demonstrate the velocity at which you're using raw materials, consuming work in process and consuming finished goods.  Read More

    Read the entire Manufacturing Tomorrow Newsletter by clicking here

  • Thursday, September 08, 2016 11:00 AM | Anonymous

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    GREEN BAY - FEI of Northeastern Wisconsin has announced that the former CFO of HealthSouth, Weston Smith, will speak to chapter members and guests Sept. 20 at the Rock Garden, 1951 Bond St.

    Weston will share the behind-the-scenes story of how HealthSouth and its corporate culture motivated the financial statement fraud that made national headlines in 2003-2004. He will also describe the red flags of unethical behavior that left unchecked could create risk from the bottom to the top of any organization.

    Smith’s presentation will highlight the first meeting of FEI’s 2016-17 programming year. All current and prospective chapter members and strategic partners are invited to register; other guests may also attend for a fee. For more information, visit feinew.org/events.

  • Tuesday, September 06, 2016 2:58 PM | Anonymous

    Wipfli LLP -- http://wipfli.com/Industry_Manufacturing_Distribution.aspx

    The idea of going global can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. With today’s resources, it’s easier than ever.
    As companies seek to improve margins and gain market share, they often look for customers outside of the United States.  Over 300,000 U.S. companies export goods or services, and of those, 98% are companies with fewer than 500 employees.  With today’s resources, it is easier than ever for a company to sell goods and services overseas, and those who don’t face increasing commercial pressure.
    In this webinar we will help you understand the opportunities and challenges your company may face as it considers overseas expansion, including: 

    • Expanding overseas:  Starting the conversation
    • General objectives and considerations for structuring
    • Tax-efficient business model structures
    • Business, banking, tax, and accounting considerations

    Who should attend?
    This webinar is intended for business owners, CFOs, CEOs, sales and marketing managers, operations managers, and plant managers and supervisors.

    Register Today!ter


    Kelly Fisher
    Kelly Fisher, CPA, MST, JD, Partner
    International Services and Tax Leader,
    Wipfli LLP


    Areas of expertise:

    • International business expansion, planning, and consulting
    • Cross-border transactions
    • Entity choice and structuring
    • International tax



  • Thursday, September 01, 2016 1:32 PM | Anonymous

    Job Shop Insights from Wipfli

    ERP Systems for Job Shops: 5 Factors That Influence Your Cost


    While the software cost can be determined easily, it’s the “other things” that go into an ERP investment that will determine your ultimate cost. Here are five you need to account for.
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    Click here to read the complete monthly release from Wipfli.

  • Friday, August 19, 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    Full Picture Webinar Event
    OSHA's New Electronic Recordkeeping Rule - Are You Ready?

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET

    Recently, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a new requirement for the electronic submission of workplace injuries and illness records. Although in effect, elements of this rule, (e.g., new employee involvement and anti-retaliation provisions) will not be enforced until November 1, 2016. There are also potential changes subject to legal action which may impact employee education, incentive programs and post-accident drug testing policies. This rule will have broad impact on business of all sizes and types.

    Join experts from Aon's Casualty Risk Consulting practice as we explore the new OSHA requirements and discuss how compliance with these new regulatory changes may materially impact your organization's Total Cost of Risk.

    Wednesday, September 7, 2016

    2:00 PM ET

    Aon Experts:
    Leslie Batterson, CSP
    Senior Claims Consultant
    Casualty Risk Consulting

    Mark Sullivan
    Senior Claims Consultant

    Casualty Risk Consulting

    Questions? Contact fullpicture@aon.com

  • Thursday, August 11, 2016 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    Wipfli LLP -- http://www.wipfli.com

    URGENT: IRS releases proposed rules that severely limit popular wealth transfer techniques

    Last week, the IRS released long-awaited proposed regulations related to the valuation of interests in family-controlled entities such as family limited partnerships, corporations, limited liability companies, and others. The proposed regulations are broad and comprehensive. If the rules become final, the tax cost of transferring interests in family-controlled entries will increase sharply.

    Note, the rules are only proposed and not final at this time. A public hearing scheduled for December 1, 2016, will likely include significant commentary and debate from the legal and tax planning community.  The rules cannot take effect as final regulations until 30 days after publication.  As a result, the rules likely will not become final until sometime in 2017. 

    Click here to read the entire update.