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MILWAUKEE — CNH Industrial and Badger Meter are part of a national task force Marquette University is convening to identify water security threats such as those that droughts and pollution could pose to American manufacturers, and come up with potential solutions.

On Tuesday, the university will host the first meeting in a top-level national initiative led by Marquette and A. O. Smith Corp. in partnership with the Council on Competitiveness. The team of experts will advise the White House and Congress on manufacturing and water solutions aimed at ensuring the continued global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing.

The initiative was announced in December. Other participating manufacturers include IBM, Johnson Controls, Kohler Co., MillerCoors, Quad/Graphics, Rockwell Automation, Rexnord Corp. and Tamarack Petroleum Co.

In addition, universities, national laboratories, federal agencies, utilities and nongovernmental organizations will attend and spend this year developing a wide-ranging sector study that ultimately will be delivered to the next U.S. president and Congress to help define America’s energy and manufacturing agenda, technology and policies related to water.

This initiative is intended to solidify the Milwaukee region’s strength in both water and manufacturing.

CNH Industrial owns the Case IH, New Holland and Case Construction brands and has a large Racine-area presence. Badger Meter owns the former Racine Federated, 8635 Washington Ave.

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Michael "Mick" Burke covers business and the Village of Sturtevant. He is the proud father of two daughters and owner of a fantastic, although rug-chewing, German shepherd dog.

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