Empowering Women
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#100 Manufacturing Excellence with Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis

CNC Laser cutting of metal, modern industrial technology. Small depth of field. Warning - authentic shooting in challenging conditions.

Frances Brunelle

Frances Brunelle is the founder of Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., which specializes in the sale of lower middle-market manufacturing companies nationally. Fran and her team help to ensure the continuity of U.S. Manufacturing by transitioning ownership to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Fran writes on topics that help manufacturing business owners prepare their companies for sale and navigate the sale process to ensure a positive financial result in support of their retirement. Her articles can be found here. Recently Fran was named to 2020 Most Influential Women in Mid-Market M&A by Mergers & Acquisitions.

To learn more about Fran and her company, click here: About Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc.


Elisabeth Weissenrieder-Bennis

Beth has over 15 years of experience in the metalforming industry working with clients in the automotive, aerospace and the medical device markets. Her father started the company over 45 years ago, and Beth spent many summers in nearly every department of the company in her youth.  After college, she worked elsewhere for a couple of years before joining Weiss-Aug in a marketing role, alongside her brother and husband as well. The company experienced tremendous growth over the past decade, with Beth leading and launching plants in both Mexico and a new division focused on surgical devices in NJ. The Weiss-Aug Group now has 6 locations (5 in the US) and is building a 3rd plant in NJ.

Beth is very passionate about manufacturing and promoting women in MFG. In 2017 she was one of the Metalforming Magazine’s   “Women of Excellence in Metalforming and Fabricating”. She also is a member of the Board of Visitors at the Newark College of Engineering of NJIT where she advocated for hands-on learning and the successful launch of NJIT”s Makerspace. The Weiss-Aug Group is a proud member of WIM, PMA, and MAPP. Beth is a busy working mom with 3 children. (1yr old, 6 yr old and 11 yr old)

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