Board of Officers


Jeff Kroes



Vice Chair

Mark Glendenning




John Funke

L.B. White



Ed Johnson

NECAL Corporation


Executive Director

Lizz Boecker



The Upper Mississippi Manufacturing Alliance

TUMMA is an alliance of manufacturers in the Upper Mississippi River Region of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


TUMMA's vision is to have our Tri-State Area recognized as a world leader in manufacturing capabilities and career opportunities.


TUMMA's mission is to strengthen the regions manufacturing environment and create a skilled and competitive workforce by combining the efforts of business, education and support agencies.


Manufacturing Industry Infographic

TUMMA has four objectives

  • Promote careers in manufacturing
  • Advance collaborative efforts that promote the health of area manufacturers
  • Strengthen workforce development for manufacturing
  • Grow partnerships for visibility and training between manufacturing and K-12 School Districts, Technical Colleges, Universities and the media

Why TUMMA Thinks Manufacturing Matters

The manufacturing sector was the leader in supporting private sector jobs with 24,690 of the 196,013 jobs in the nine county Mississippi River Region in Western Wisconsin. Health care and social assistance was second with 24,583 jobs followed by retail trade with 20,635 jobs.

Most recent figures available for Gross Regional Product show manufacturing as the greatest contributor to the region's GRP with a value of $13.57 billion, producing over $2.0 billion in earnings, property income and taxes. Heath care and social assistance followed, contributing $1.3 billion - including $10 million in government subsidies. Crop and animal production was third, contributing $0.89 billion including $19 million in government subsidies.

The region's manufacturers also pay an average earning of $52,200 per employee. This is significantly above the $46,351 regional average earning. These earnings multiplied by the 24,000 plus manufacturing jobs mentioned above results in an economic wave across the region of $1.3 billion annually. This economic wave is unique because it is created mostly from fresh capital coming back to the manufacturers from their exports to other regions.

This fresh capital then turns into wages and supply chain purchases that go on to benefit retailing, transportation, education, construction, restaurants, lodging, health care and many other business sectors in the region.

Source: Economic Modeling Specialists International and Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission.


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