Manufacturing Day


On October 4th, Manufacturing Day is naturally recognized and is the largest annual opportunity for educators, businesses and individuals to inspire the next generation to be apart of becoming the manufacturing workforce of the tomorrow. 

The primary goal of behind CWIMA's vision and initiatives towards a positive shift in perception around the manufacturing industry, is to align K-12 Education with Postsecondary Institutions and Industrial Employers to prepare the next generation of workforce talent for careers in Industry 4.0 and Advanced Manufacturing.  The driving force behind this initiative and the multi-faceted levels of collaboration, is the growing demand of Industry 4.0 skills within the Central Wisconsin workforce. 

Industry 4.0 technologies are rapidly transforming how people work in manufacturing, engineering and other sectors like transportation helping them become more productive by connecting new processes with smart devices to upload, analyze and utilize production data. The impact of these pieces of equipment will not only support alignment to industry trends but also cast a wider net of exposure to non-traditional students, specifically those who are interested in Math, Computer Science, Data Analytics, and Programming.

Interested in being apart of this manufacturing movement? Get in touch today and find out how you, or your company, can impact the future of the manufacturing workforce. 

County Materials


Since 1946, County Materials Corporation has manufactured trusted concrete construction and landscape products that are used to build the communities where Americans live, work and play. Our family-owned company was founded in Marathon, Wisconsin, and is proud to fulfill an essential role in developing the Central Wisconsin area and supporting our local economy with diverse jobs and reliable concrete products. Our organization employs a team of more than 2,000 dedicated, hard-working people in six states throughout the Midwest and Florida.

County Materials is also active in local communities where we have locations through the Sonnentag American Foundation. Our foundation supports programs and projects that empower and inspire people in four key service areas: Hunger & Homelessness Support, Service Member & Veteran Support, Sexual Abuse & Domestic Assault Services, and Mentoring & Skills Building. This partnership directly supports more than 60 nonprofit organizations and causes, including local chapters of The Women’s Community, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northcentral Wisconsin, Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area, Patriot K9s of Wisconsin, and more.

Manufacturing careers are in high demand, and it’s a stable and growing industry in most economic conditions. County Materials provides our team members with opportunities and resources to build a fulfilling career that aligns with your skills and interests. We offer on-the-job training, competitive wages and benefits, and even relocation and leadership opportunities within the organization. Your initiative, interest and work ethic will provide you a chance to grow your career within our dynamic company and help build stronger communities.

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Wausau Tile


CWIMA has a strong member base consisting of incredible partners who share a common goal of inspiring the next generation to pursue careers in manufacturing. 

This month, we are proud to highlight Wausau Tile as they celebrate their 70th year. Wausau Tile recognizes the importance of continuing education in maintaining a successful operation and continuously creates and updates content based around this mission. 

A little about Wausau Tile is that they have created the industry’s strongest, longest-lasting architectural pavers that give architects and designers unmatched creative control.

Their state-of-the-art process uses more than 650 tons of compressive strength to forge a precisely engineered two-part mix into singular, 9,500 PSI-rated pavers that outperform the competition – in strength, durability, resistance to freeze-thaw damage, and aesthetics.

It’s not just concrete they're working with – it’s a recipe designed for success with ingredients and aggregates that must be mixed within a fraction of a percent to get specific outcomes. 

This all happens in their cutting-edge 100,000-square foot paver manufacturing facility, which gives our customers greater color, size and custom capabilities. Simply put: if you can dream it, they can do it. Wausau Tile‘s high-quality concrete pavers are made stronger, delivered and installed more efficiently, and crafted to bring any vision to life.

Wausau Tile offers courses on concrete usage, how to's, wind uplift, and so much more; which are accessible to everyone at no cost. Additionally, professionals can earn credits towards AIA and ASLA certification by completing these courses.

Explore more about these courses and learn more about all that Wausau Tile is up to: