March Tour

WOTM made a visit to Engman-Taylor Company on March 2nd. Jim Mueller, VP of Operations, provided a quality presentation. They are a progressive company that strives to bring value added and customized solutions to their customers. Engman-Taylor Co are recognized as the 2017 Excellence in Industry American Eagle Award and ISA Value Added Partner of the Year. The industrial and commercial supplies, service, and support (along with tool optimization services, 3D printing capabilities, and more) give them the advantage of a holistic offering.
Please visit their website to learn more:

What’s Next?

  • Meet the Board | Join us on March 31st at the Meet the Board Happy Hour at Rockford’s Lucha Cantina
  • Celebration of Manufacturing Expo | Visit the WOTM booth at the Celebration of Manufacturing Expo on April 16th
  • Stay Tuned | We are partnering with Xena Workwear to host a pop up shoe try-on event
  • 2020 Annual Golf Outing | The date is set for the Annual Golf Outing – August 4th at Swanhills Golf Course

Annual Scholarship Dinner Recap

Thank you again to our amazing sponsors, silent auction and raffle donations, and organizing committee. The room was filled with 140 supporters, we increased our scholarship funds, and Eric Wilson made a visit to provide news coverage. Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara, addressed the strength of local manufacturing. Keynote speaker, Emma Cahill, shared her personal journey that inspired us to keep persevering in the face of obstacles.

A huge thank you again to this year’s sponsors included: Blackhawk Bank, Wipfli CPAs and Consultants, PHELPS, Cimco Recycling Sterling, Thinker Ventures, Crandall Stats and Sensors, Aqua-Aerobic Systems, Inc., Rockford Ball Screw, Greenlee, and Superior Felt & Filtration.

Educational Programming Committee

Call for facility tours and speakers
The educational programs committee is led by chair, Meaghan Ziemba. This committee is targeted to manufacturing leaders and line workers, providing them with practical knowledge that empowers them to be on the cutting edge of their industry. This committee is responsible for organizing the monthly manufacturing tours and additional workshops offered throughout the year. If you are interested in learning more or would like WOTM to tour your facility, please contact [email protected] so we can connect you up with Meaghan.
This committee is working to plan the next educational offering focused on additive manufacturing. We will keep you posted on the details as they come.

Scholarship Committee

The scholarship committee is led by chair, Laurie Miller. The focus of this committee is to provide scholarships to individuals seeking to advance their skills in STEM and manufacturing-related fields. They raise funds by organizing two annual fundraising events; the Scholarship Dinner & Silent Auction and the Golf Outing. Additionally, we sponsor a number of robotics teams in the area. Raising money and organizing big events is no easy feat! If you are interested in learning more or would like to volunteer at scholarship expos, please contact [email protected] so we can connect you up with Laurie.
Fun Fact: WOTM has given $45,000 to 41 scholarship recipients since the inception of the program. For more comprehensive information, visit
This month we are recovering from the Annual Dinner but actively planning the Annual Golf Outing.

It’s difficult to contain my excitement about all of the great things going on with WOTM. Please reach out and share any of the latest and greatest news, trends, and updates happening within your organizations.

Jaclyn Kolodziej
WOTM President
[email protected]