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New Specialist Brings International Expertise to Acuity's Manufacturing Segment
August 26, 2015

Michael J Schlagenhaufer joins Acuity in the newly created role of Manufacturing Business Segment Specialist at Acuity. Michael brings with him extensive knowledge related to a variety of manufacturing operations and has worked in the automotive, aerospace, computer, plastic, leisure, and tooling industries.


“Michael is an experienced, knowledgeable resource for our manufacturing customers and independent agents who focus on the manufacturing sector,” said Ben Salzmann, Acuity President and CEO. “Hiring a dedicated Manufacturing Business Segment Specialist also reflects Acuity's commitment to meeting the insurance and risk management needs of manufacturers throughout our operating territory.”


“I am excited about the opportunity to work with Acuity's manufacturing clients,” Michael said. “I have held many different roles in manufacturing over the years that have given me a deep understanding of the needs of manufacturers, including the insurance and risk management challenges they face.”


Michael is a native of Germany and completed an 8,000-hour West German tool and die apprenticeship under the stewardship of Robert Bosch GmbH. He has an associate’s degree in tool and die from Carl Schaefer Berufsfach Schule in Ludwigsburg.


In 1988, Michael moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as a tool and die maker. He later relocated to South Dakota, working as a W-EDM programmer and toolmaker lead for a computer disk drive manufacturer. In 1995, he moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to supervise and manage the startup of a world class tool room that supported a 1 million-square-foot, high-volume manufacturing plant. In 2009, he relocated to Sparta, Wisconsin, to work as a Continuous Improvement Manger for Mathews Inc. and, in 2010, took over management of a 54,000-square-foot machining operation. In 2014, he moved to Plymouth to be machining manager at Warty LLC.


Acuity's commitment to the manufacturing industry also includes insurance products, services, and resources customized to the needs of manufacturers, including numerous resources for loss control, safety, and instruction. Acuity is also active in manufacturing associations, and encourages a dialogue among the construction community via its Made in America page,


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