A new report from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation highlights the rise of small-scale manufacturers in the city.
The report, titled “State of Urban Manufacturing: Milwaukee Snapshot,” is being released today. It’s part of an ongoing research project from the Urban Manufacturing Alliance, a national coalition that performs targeted research on manufacturing in urban areas.
Milwaukee is the third of six cities being profiled, after Philadelphia and Detroit.
Report authors note that Milwaukee was built on manufacturing, and the city’s economy is still largely driven by businesses in this sector. They say manufacturing was the second-largest employer in the city in 2015, and those jobs paid the highest share of total wages for any sector, at $7.42 billion.
After interviewing and surveying more than 100 local manufacturers, report authors say many small-scale manufacturers are gaining ground alongside the city’s biggest players.
Close to 61 percent of firms surveyed had fewer than 10 employees, and about one third all started in 2013. A further 56 percent have been founded since 2001.
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