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Employee Ownership Pushes Innovation at Isthmus Engineering and Manufacturing
While the U.S. manufacturing sector has shrunk over the past 40 years, the fully worker-owned Isthmus Engineering & Manufacturing (IEM) cooperative has thrived in the automated manufacturing industry. IEM competes in the customized automated manufacturing machinery industry, serving customers who need solutions to complex automation challenges. IEM’s team of engineers and fabricators takes projects from concept development through proof of process to on-site installation. The co-op works in various industries such as medical and pharmaceutical, consumer products, light industrial, automotive, and emerging markets such as solar.

In this webinar, we will explore how engaging employees as owners allows IEM to foster a highly entrepreneurial and participatory work culture. Worker-owner and engineer, Ole Olson, will share how IEM approaches innovation as an organization and how democratic decision-making benefits the cooperative to be more innovative. He will touch on topics such as employee retention, equitable profit sharing, value-driven project selection, and collaborative work processes.

This session will provide information about campus resources for cooperative business development and is open to anyone interested including UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students

Oct 11, 2022 03:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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