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One after another, educators and manufacturing representatives stood at the microphone Tuesday night and talked about their great relationships, and not one seemed self-conscious doing it.

Such is the progress made by the N.E.W. Manufacturing Alliance, which hosted its third annual Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership Awards. The event spotlights best practices of manufacturing and education collaborations in Northeastern Wisconsin and showcases top talent at manufacturing companies.

Before the formation of the Manufacturing Alliance in 2006, manufacturers and educators rarely found themselves in the same room, much less talking to one another, a condition that still exists in much of the rest of the state. Mike Trimberger, principal of Sheboygan South High School, said he was asked during a conversation with a manufacturer whether they would be allowed to do what they were talking about...

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