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March 18, 2010

First Business Bank - Milwaukee Partners with Waukesha Chamber Manufacturing Alliance

(Waukesha, WI) - The Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce has announced that the newly formed Manufacturing Alliance in partnership with First Business Bank will host its kick-off event "New Faces of Manufacturing in Waukesha County" on Friday, April 16, 2010 from 11:30a.m.-1:30p.m. at the Brookfield Suites Hotel & Convention Center. Click here for details.

The inaugural event will feature a presentation by the Manufacturing Alliance Steering Committee including Steve Dyer, President & CEO of Dickten Masch Plastics; Aaron Jagdfeld, President & CEO of Generac Power Systems; E.J. Kubick, President of MetalTek International; Kent Lorenz, President Midwest Region of Ellison Technologies; Brian Masterson, Vice President, Global Supply Chain of GE Healthcare; Judie Taylor, President of Dueco, Inc./UELC. The session will be moderated by Dave Vetta, President & CEO of First Business Bank.

The Steering Committee of the Manufacturing Alliance has identified key local issues that will be addressed through a series of programs in 2010 and beyond. Some of these issues include:
- Lean manufacturing in action--the good the bad & the ugly
- Workforce issues--availability, skills needs, training
- Globalization--staying legal, logistics, paperwork
- Sustainability--reduce, reuse, recycle
- Safety & ergonomics
- Reducing the escalation of heath care costs
- Business climate in Wisconsin--taxes and regulation
- Local issues of interest:
--- Water
--- West Waukesha Bypass
--- Zoo Interchange

"With manufacturing comprising 21% of the workforce in Waukesha County, the Waukesha County Chamber recognizes that manufacturing plays a key role in the county’s continued financial growth and success," said Suzanne Kelley, president of Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce. "The Waukesha County Chamber has taken the first steps to create a strong Manufacturing Alliance that will benefit its members. The steering committee includes energized CEOs that are committed to bring relevant programs to its peers."

"Manufacturing continues to be a major economic driver and employer in Waukesha County and Southeastern Wisconsin, with more than one out of five jobs tied to manufacturing," Vetta said. "First Business Bank is delighted to partner with the Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce to create a Manufacturing Alliance that will serve as a platform for manufacturers to share ideas and work together to strengthen the manufacturing base in this region."


Manufacturing Alliance Charter
We the members of the Waukesha County Manufacturing Alliance pledge to promote the advancement of manufacturing in the greater Waukesha County area. Our collective goal is to raise the image and awareness of manufacturing as a viable and prosperous career path, and to highlight the necessity of a strong manufacturing base in ensuring the security and opportunities for future generations. We will provide a forum to share and distribute information and provide connections to the exceptional resources in Waukesha County.

We will, in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, engage in discussions and actions to drive the following initiatives: Best Practice Sharing, Cost Reduction, Risk Mitigation, New Business Development, and Improving the Perception of Manufacturing. These initiatives will be pursued in a manner consistent with ensuring the sustainability of our businesses as an on-going concern, while promoting the sustainability and prosperity of the communities in which we operate and live.

About First Business Financial Services, Inc.

First Business Financial Services (Nasdaq:FBIZ) is a $1.3 billion Wisconsin-based bank holding company that specializes in focused financial solutions for businesses, key executives, and high net worth individuals through its operating companies. It is the 2nd largest Wisconsin-based commercial bank holding company listed on NASDAQ or the NYSE. Its companies include: First Business Bank - Madison; First Business Bank - Milwaukee; First Business Bank - Northeast; First Business Trust & Investments; First Business Equipment Finance, LLC; and First Business Capital Corp. For additional information, visit www.firstbusiness.com or call (608) 238-8008.

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Contact:
Kelsey DeMarais
Marketing Communications Manager
Waukesha County Chamber of Commerce
262-542-4249
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