Reader Precision Solutions, Wisconsin DWD Host Commemorative Event for National Youth Apprenticeship Week

In partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Reader Precision Solutions celebrated the U.S. Department of Labor’s inaugural National Youth Apprenticeship Week at Its headquarters in Elkhorn, Wisconsin.

The event served as a platform to discuss the importance of Youth Apprenticeships and showcase stories of apprentices already making significant contributions to the manufacturing industry. Emphasizing the crucial role that these programs play in equipping high school students with the skills necessary to thrive in a competitive job market, the event also highlighted the importance of strengthening the ties between education and industry to cultivate a capable and resilient workforce for the future.

A roundtable discussion was held that brought together industry leaders, educational partners, the Wisconsin DWD, and current and graduated youth apprentices to discuss the impact of the youth apprentice program and how they can continue to work together to foster the program across the state.

Michael J Reader, President and Owner of Reader Precision Solutions, spoke to the company’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of talent through Youth Apprenticeship initiatives.

“Our partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the surrounding K12 school districts like Elkhorn Area and Delavan-Darien, is crucial to our mission of investing in the next generation. This partnership allows us to champion the young talent who are essential to the sustained success and innovation of the manufacturing industry and Wisconsin workforce,” Reader expressed. “By integrating educational opportunities with real-world applications, we are paving the way for these youth apprentices to develop into skilled professionals who will drive our industry and communities forward. This mission is more than just about our business; it’s about creating a robust and sustainable foundation for the future workforce of Wisconsin and beyond.”

Assistant Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin DWD toured the Elkhorn, WI precision machining facility where cutting-edge technology and skilled craftsmanship come together to create a hub of innovation. During the tour, the facility showcased its state-of-the-art machinery and automation systems that are integral to modern manufacturing processes. She had the opportunity to witness firsthand how these technologies are not only applied in real-time production environments, enhancing efficiency and precision but also are the equipment and tools youth apprentices are trained on.

“Successful partnerships, like those in action here at Precision Plus, are driving the statewide growth of Wisconsin’s Youth Apprenticeship program,” said Jennifer Sereno, assistant deputy secretary at the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. “Precision Plus’s dedication to Youth Apprenticeship is a testament to their commitment to the next generation of skilled workers. We are delighted to highlight Precision Plus as an exemplary Youth Apprenticeship sponsor during National Youth Apprenticeship Week.”

About Reader Precision Solutions

Reader Precision Solutions, the parent company of Precision Plus and Iseli Precision, is a Southeast Wisconsin-based contract manufacturer providing precision machined and engineered solutions for small parts and components to a diverse set of industries, including military and defense, firearms, flow control, medical and dental, electronics and interconnect, and other specialty markets. 

The company’s award-winning manufacturing, coupled with a team of passionate manufacturing professionals are committed to ongoing investments in technology that results in timely responses, quality products, and on-time delivery.

Through collaborative engagement/early supplier involvement (ESI) with its clients, the company’s Application Engineering team can help develop the most cost-effective solutions to deliver ultimate performance and value. With support from its knowledgeable Production team, their professional Client Services group provides timely responses and delivers quality products on time and at a fair price. Reader Precision offers inventory management programs for our clients, whereby our team monitors inventory levels and finished components are shipped as needed.

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Contacts at Reader Precision Solutions

For media and press inquiries, reach out to Ray Reader, Marketing and Brand Manager, at

For detailed information on Reader Precision Solution’s machining capabilities, contact Kurt Picknell, V.P. of Business Development, at

Interested in exploring careers in advanced manufacturing and precision machining? Contact Amanda Griffoul, V.P. of Human Resources, at


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