LeadingIndustries

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:

  • Milwaukee ranks in the top 20 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

Milwaukee region largest employers

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COMPANY PRODUCTS/SERVICES employment HEADQUARTERS LOCATION
Aurora Health Care    Health care system 25,700 Milwaukee 
Ascension Wisconsin Health care system 14,500 Milwaukee 
Froedtert Health Health care services 9,700 Wauwatosa
Kroger Co./Roundy's Food distributor & retailer 8,300 Milwaukee 
Kohl's Department stores   7,800 Menomonee Falls
Quad/Graphics Commercial printing and print management  6,800 Sussex
GE Healthcare Technologies Medical imaging & information systems 6,000 Waukesha
Medical College of Wisconsin Medical school 5,500 Wauwatosa
Northwestern Mutual Life insurance & investment services 5,000 Milwaukee
ProHealth Care Inc. Health care system 4,800 Waukesha
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin          Pediatric health care services 4,500 Wauwatosa
WEC Energy Electric & natural gas utility 4,300 Milwaukee
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