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Wisconsin manufacturing firms face challenges

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A unique new survey shows Wisconsin's manufacturers face many challenges if they want to compete in the years ahead.

  The survey released on Wednesday by Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership included responses from 531 of the state's estimated 10,000 manufacturers.

  The survey shows how well the state's manufacturers are meeting six achievement goals including worker training and competing in a global economy.

  John Brandt, CEO of the research firm that conducted the survey, says many Wisconsin companies are meeting the goals but many are also falling behind.

  Mike Klosinski, executive director of the partnership, says no other state has conducted such a survey but eight others are looking at Wisconsin as a model.

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