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The concentration of food and beverage manufacturing in the Milwaukee Region, and its presence across the state, is so strong that it has been recognized by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and the Milwaukee 7 as a key cluster for targeted economic growth.

The Milwaukee 7 (M7), the seven county regional economic development collaborative of SE Wisconsin, had identified food and beverage manufacturing as a targeted industry for regional economic growth in 2010. The M7 seized the opportunity to develop a cluster that had high potential for economic impact and with the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, have seeded the formation of FaB originally under the banner of FaB Milwaukee. In spring of 2014, the name was changed to FaB Wisconsin.



 2008  Milwaukee 7 and Deloitte study identifies food and beverage manufacturing as a target cluster

 2009  Milwaukee 7 and the MMAC dedicates dollars and staffing to form the FaB cluster

 2010  FaB Advisory Council formed to determine interest, needs and strategy

 2011  First FaB Forum hosted by MillerCoors

 2012 officially launches

 2013  Career Center with job board and career videos launches on

 2014  MATC offers three new food manufacturing programs in partnership with FaB
    First Farm-Factory-Fork High School Career Exploration event hosted at Vincent High  School
    First All Member Meeting hosted at new site designated for MATC Food Maker School

 2015  FaB launches "The Good Jobs" talent recruitment strategy
    FaB receives $115,000 grant from WEDC to launch the FaBcap Accelerator
    Second Farm-Factory-Fork High School Career Exploration event hosted at Vincent  High School
    FaB collaborates with WEDC on InWisconsin booth at the IFT Expo in Chicago

FaBcap_one, the first class of the FaBcap Accelerator, graduates

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 FaB Wisconsin is seeded by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) and Milwaukee 7.   


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