CONNECTIONS – Register early for Manufacturing First Expo & Conference

Posted on Aug 1, 2012 :: Connections
Posted by , Insight on Business Staff Writer

With two keynotes, a lunch presentation and all-star lineup of manufacturing executives, organizers of the second annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference expect this year’s event on Sept. 26 will be a major statewide attraction. The first event drew almost 400 attendees to the KI Center in Green Bay last fall.

“We know that manufacturers keep incredibly busy schedules,” says Ann Franz, strategic partnerships manager at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and coordinator of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance, a title sponsor of the event. “We want to get the word out early so they can block the day as an important opportunity to hear the latest industry trends from leaders in manufacturing – and of course, to network with their peers in the region.”

Tickets for this year’s event are available for a $25 discount if purchased before Sept. 1. At $50, they include access to the full day conference, expo, networking and lunch. Opportunities to book exhibit space will be available until Sept. 1 and are expected to sell out early.

Two keynotes will kick off the day with insight on the workforce shortage in manufacturing.

Jim Morgan, president of the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce Foundation and WMC vice president, will address, “How to Solve the Skills Shortage.” Tim Sullivan, former CEO of Bucyrus and special consultant for the state of Wisconsin, will discuss, “Wisconsin’s 21st Century Workforce.”

Mike Buseman, executive vice president of Global Manufacturing Operations at Plexus, will deliver the lunch presentation, “A Wisconsin Manufacturing Success Story – Innovation at Plexus.”

Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of manufacturing leaders during the afternoon CEO Roundtable. Panelists include Kim Bassett-Heitzmann, president and CEO of Bassett Mechanical; Mark Lasky, CEO of Sadoff-Rudoy Industries; and Trisha Dickinson Lemery, president and CEO of Winsert.

Three concurrent morning breakout sessions will address current trends in manufacturing:

» “Best Practices in Innovation” discussion leaders include Jonathan Darling, president of Romo Durable Graphics; Kristi Jankowski, senior vice president Innovation at Sargento; Ron Kadlubowski, project-advanced technology manager for Karl Schmidt Unisia, Inc.; and Paul Rauscher, president of EMT International.

» “Skills Shortage – Finding Today and Tomorrow’s Talent,” will be led by Mark Kaiser, president of Lindquist Machine and Steve Meyer, at Brillion High School.

» “Wisconsin Manufacturing Competitiveness in a Global Society” will be led by Lora Klenke, vice president of international business development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.; Erich Pfeiffer, president and chief operating officer of Marine Travelift; and Roxanne Baumann, director of partnerships and alliances at the Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

The Manufacturing First Expo & Conference is presented by First Business Bank in partnership with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications.


Sept. 26 at the KI Center, Green Bay
Tickets: $50; after Sept. 1: $75
Deadline for sponsorships/booths: Sept. 1
Contact Brian Rasmussen, at (920) 882-0491