Wisconsinites to lead manufacturing advisory panel

The 2013 Manufacturing Council, a 30-member national board that advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, will be led by two executives from Wisconsin.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank — a finalist to serve as the next chancellor of UW-Madison — announced the appointments of 26 members to the council today.

Michael Laszkiewicz, vice president and general manager of Rockwell Automation in Milwaukee, will chair the council, while Mary Isbister, president of Mequon-based GenMet, will serve as vice chair. Both served on the council last year as well.

“I am pleased to chair this important committee,” Laszkiewicz said in a statement. “I look forward to working with the Department of Commerce and presenting the U.S. government with new suggestions to strengthen American manufacturing and global competitiveness.”

Read the U.S. Dept. of Commerce announcement