Leading Industries

Some of the best-known companies in the world call the Milwaukee Region home, including Briggs & Stratton, Harley-Davidson, Jockey International, Kohl’s Department Stores, Master Lock, ManpowerGroup, Northwestern Mutual, Rockwell Automation and S.C. Johnson.

We’re also home to several international leaders in business-to-business commerce, including A.O. Smith, Brady Corp., Fiserv, GE Healthcare Technologies, Johnson Controls, Joy Global and Modine Manufacturing.

It’s no coincidence that so many leading-edge companies call Milwaukee home. Consider the following:

  • In 2008, Forbes named Milwaukee to its list ofTop 10 Up-And Coming Tech Cities
  • Milwaukee ranks No. 16 on MarketWatch's 50 best U.S.metro areas for business, outpacing cities such as Austin,Texas, Chicago,Los Angeles and Portland, Ore.
  • The Milwaukee Region is ranked one of the 25 best places for doing business by Inc. magazine
  • KPMG, the internationally recognized audit, tax and advisory firm, says the region’s cost of doing business is among the best in the United States

 

FORTUNE 1000 COMPANIES HEADQUARTERED IN THE MILWAUKEE REGION
COMPANY PRODUCTS/SERVICES RANK  REVENUE
(billions)
HEADQUARTERS LOCATION
Johnson Controls
Automotive seating, batteries and industrial controls
70 $40.2
Glendale
Northwestern Mutual
Insurance, financial services 100 $28.1
Milwaukee 
ManpowerGroup
Contract employment
144
$19.3 
Milwaukee 
Kohl's
Department stores  145
$19.2 
Menomonee Falls 
Rockwell Automation  Industrial controls and software  412
$6.3
Milwaukee 
Harley-Davidson 
Motorcycles and accessories  432 $6.0
Milwaukee 
WEC Energy
Utility 437 $5.9 Milwaukee
Fiserv
Financial transaction and information management tools
492
$5.3
Brookfield
Quad/Graphics  Commercial printing and print management  530
$4.7  Sussex  
Snap-on  Tools and equipment  630
$3.6
Kenosha 
Joy Global  Mining equipment and services   690
$3.2
Milwaukee 
A.O. Smith Electrical motors, water heaters and boilers 831
$2.5
Milwaukee


FORBES LARGEST PRIVATE COS. HEADQUARTERED IN THE MILWAUKEE REGION
COMPANY PRODUCTS/SERVICES RANK  REVENUE
(billions)
HEADQUARTERS LOCATION
S.C. Johnson
Household products
35
$9.6
Racine

Fortune 1000

The Milwaukee Region includes

14 of the Fortune 1000

largest publicly traded companies.