APPLETON, WI; April 18, 2016 – Governor Scott Walker visited CMD Corporation as part of a 4-city tour throughout the state to highlight tax relief since he took office. Along with cuts in property and education taxes, Governor Walker cited tax credits aimed at helping businesses succeed: Business Development Tax Credits and the new Manufacturing and Agriculture Tax Credit. Walker gave a 10-minute talk to a group of CMD employees, guests from Fox Valley Technical College including President Susan May, and representatives from Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. Several local nad regional legislators or their staff were present, including 57th District Representative Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) and 56th District Representative David Murphy (R – Greenville.)
CMD President Stephen Sakai introduced Walker, citing the state business tax credits and Wisconsin programs that the company has partnered with to grow.
“Collaborating with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) through their International Market Access program, and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) through the Workforce Advancement Training program at Fox Valley Technical College, has been instrumental in growing employment and sales for CMD.” said Sakai. CMD increased exports by 35% and employment by 17% from 2011 to 2015.
The Workforce Advancement Training (WAT) helped CMD employees:
- Build credentials necessary to move along career pathways.
- Enhance leadership skills to more effectively develop employees, enhance collaboration and meet financial goals.
- Gain the skills necessary to contribute to the culture of collaboration necessary for CMD to compete effectively in a global market. Myriad subjects, from advanced problem-solving, emotional intelligence, communication, coaching, conflict resolution, setting performance standards and more were covered in the training.
The IMAG program through WEDC supported CMD international marketing efforts such as exhibitions at major industry trade shows, international agent representative searches, and development of multi-language marketing materials.
“CMD recognizes the role the tax credits and programs have played in our success,” said Sakai. “But the heart of a business is its people, and we are truly proud of ours,”We have been diligently training to enhance our culture at CMD, and our employees have used their skills to improve efficiency and develop new equipment technology that brings meaningful value to our customers. For this reason, CMD has been named among the Best Places to Work in the Plastics Industry by Plastics News for the 2nd consecutive year.
CMD is a technology-driven innovator of plastic converting machinery and automation for manufacturing plastic bags, pouches and specialty converted products used in consumer goods, medical, janitorial, hospitality, food, lawn and garden, packing/shipping, pet food and construction. CMD offers custom and stock machinery, replacement parts, upgrade kits, and engineering and technical services around the world. Some of CMD’s inventions include: high-speed, continuous-motion bag sealing and drawtape trash bag converting; overlap bag winding for one-at-a-time dispensing of bags-on-a-roll; and Intelligent Sealing for verifiable pouch quality. CMD is a growing supplier for Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) refueling systems. The firm’s 126,000 sq. ft. three-building campus is located in the Appleton Northeast Industrial Park on Pershing Street. The firm currently employs 150 regular hires, and 25 contract employees.