WMEP: Paul D. Ericksen joins WMEP to manage national DoD supply chain initiative

Contact: Linda Abbott, ph. 608-826-6215; [email protected]

MADISON, Wis. – Paul D. Ericksen has been named manager of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Supply Chain Advantage program, the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership announced today.

In his new role, Ericksen will direct a national initiative to enhance the performance of small and midsize suppliers to large military contractors. Ericksen will work closely with suppliers, military contractors and officials with the Defense Logistics Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to develop and deploy uniform strategies to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to lead this effort,” said Ericksen. “The MEP system is an excellent vehicle to advance the development of secure, flexible and responsive supply chains that support U.S. defense needs.”

Ericksen, a 30-year veteran of Deere & Company, played a key role in creating and improving Deere’s supplier development initiatives. A well-known advocate, writer and speaker, Ericksen has won state and national recognition for his efforts to establish a consortium to improve the performance of suppliers to large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Ericksen is a former member of the State of Wisconsin’s Small Business Development Board and also has served on the Industrial Advisory Board for the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Quick Response Manufacturing.

MEP Supply Chain Advantage initially will target 50 suppliers, with services provided by the national network of MEP centers. The program builds on the success of WMEP’s Accelerate program, which has generated performance improvements for more than 350 suppliers in Wisconsin and across the nation. Accelerate, launched in 2005, has expanded to 32 MEP centers in 20 states.

Ericksen’s knowledge and expertise will benefit state manufacturers. “Having someone of Paul’s caliber on our staff is a tremendous asset as we develop services to help manufacturers manage increasingly complex networks of partners and suppliers,” said Mike Klonsinski, WMEP’s executive director. Ericksen will be available on a limited basis to consult directly with Wisconsin manufacturers on supply chain strategies.


WMEP is a private, nonprofit consulting organization committed to the growth and success of Wisconsin manufacturers. A leader in Next Generation Manufacturing, WMEP brings best practices to Wisconsin firms to help them achieve world-class performance through innovation and transformation. WMEP is based in Madison and has offices in Milwaukee and Appleton. During the past five years, WMEP-assisted manufacturers reported economic impact of $977 million with 7,965 jobs created/retained. WMEP receives financial support from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce, and partners with many public and private organizations to serve Wisconsin manufacturers. For more information, visit or call 1-877-856-8588.