Introducing Acuity’s Manufacturing Specialist: Mike Schlagenhaufer
Posted by Michael S. on November 23, 2015 in Manufacturer Focus

A huge focus at Acuity is our manufacturing business, and that isn’t just talk. If it wasn’t a focus of ours, I wouldn’t be here. I am Mike Schlagenhaufer, and I joined Acuity in the newly created role of Manufacturing Business Segment Specialist.


My knowledge in the manufacturing industry is extensive and covers a variety of manufacturing operations, including automotive, aerospace, computer, plastic, leisure, and tooling. After working for 10 years as Tool and Die maker journeyman in Germany, I moved in 1988 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. From there, I relocated to South Dakota, working as a W-EDM programmer and toolmaker lead for a computer disk drive manufacturer. My next role brought me 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, I relocated to Sparta, Wisconsin, to work as a Continuous Improvement Manager for Mathews Inc. and, in 2010, I took over management of a 54,000-square-foot machining operation. In 2014, I started at Warty LLC in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, as a machining manager.


Simply Acuity provides me an outlet to help educate manufacturers on important industry topics. I will focus on many different areas of manufacturing. My blog topics will include safety tips, industry updates, loss control information, manufacturing business best practices, and fun posts about the industry.


Coming into Acuity, I am excited to help our manufacturing customers and our independent agents who focus on the manufacturing sector. I believe my deep understanding of manufacturers’ needs puts me in a unique position to help them with the challenges they face with insurance and risk management. If you have any questions for me about Acuity, or if there’s a topic you would like me to address in my monthly Ask a Manufacturing Specialist column, please email me at


Our commitment to manufacturing doesn’t stop here. We offer a wide range of insurance products, services, and resources that are customized to meet the needs of today’s manufacturers. Acuity is also active in manufacturing associations and encourages a dialogue among the manufacturing community via our Made in America Facebook page

Michael S. is our Manufacturing guru
I have over 30 years experience in a broad range of manufacturing areas. Starting with an apprenticeship in Germany I’ve worked my way through a variety of positions within the manufacturing field. I got my start as a Tool and Die maker. I next became a supervisor of a class A tool room, then manager of a machining department. I was exposed to lean manufacturing in the mid 90s and adapted the lean philosophy. Loving and teaching the lean approach, I moved on to become a Continuous Improvement manager which led to a job as a manufacturing manager. I joined Acuity in 2015 as their manufacturing expert. I hope to evolve how manufacturers deal with and think about insurance companies, as well as be a resource to my fellow employees – enabling them to better understand the unique needs of manufacturers.

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Posted By: Michael S. on August 16, 2018 in Manufacturer Focus
During my career in manufacturing, I've had the good fortune to work for both OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and contract manufacturers that make things for others. One of the things I've had to deal with in both business models was ensuring products met the expectations of the end user or customer.