HARTFORD — Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch visited Mantz Automation Inc. on Wednesday, one of four stops on the day to visit and celebrate companies owned by women in the state.
The other stops were at Duwe Metal Products in Menomonee Falls, Shell Plastics LLC in Plymouth and SEEK Careers/Staffing Inc. in Appleton.
Other dignitaries included state Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. Janel Brandtjen, as well as Rep. Mark Born, who represents District 39, which covers a portion of the city of Hartford.
“It was a wonderful honor,” said Denise Mantz, president of Mantz Automation, which was started by her and her husband, Bob, in 1989.
“When they said they wanted to highlight women-owned businesses, I thought it was a wonderful way to highlight what we do here,” Denise said.
Mantz Automation, according to its website, is a certified Minority & Women Business Enterprise company and has made an impact on involving women in the male-dominated profession.
Mantz told a gathering of about 100 people that two of the company’s employees — one a woman — were named to MoldMaking Technology’s 30 Under 30 list.
MoldMaking Technology is an online trade publication aimed for mold, tool and die shop managers and machining, plastics and manufacturing professionals.
“Women should be able to do whatever they want and what they’re good at it,” Mantz said. “I think that women don’t realize … manufacturing isn’t lifting and hauling big things. It’s doing mathematics and being organized and computer programming. These are things women can excel at.”
Mantz Automation produces plastic injection molds for aerospace, automotive, construction equipment, electronics and packaging manufacturers all over the world.
“I didn’t know that I wouldn’t have a refrigerator if it weren’t for you all (at Mantz), so thank you,” Kleefisch told the crowd.