An eye toward the future

Posted on Nov 9, 2014 :: Feature
Posted by , Insight on Manufacturing Staff Writer

On Oct. 22, the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay drew about 800 visitors, as well as about 150 students from area schools. The event focused on the next generation of manufacturing, launching with a keynote from millennial generation expert Seth Mattison, founder & CEO of Futuresight Labs. Autodesk strategist Diego Tamburini followed with a look at how consumer demand is evolving and impacting the way products are being manufactured. Afternoon keynote Greg Morris of GE Aviation spoke on the future of 3D printing, and CMD Corporation President Steve Sakai discussed developing innovative company culture. The day included booth talks and networking.

The night before the expo and conference, the NEW Manufacturing Alliance recognized some of the ways in which educators and company leaders are helping to strengthen the image of the industry and help build interest in manufacturing careers.

The winners in the Education category are:
Kimberly High School, Brighter Image; Mike Trimberger, Sheboygan South High School, Career Pathmaker-Administrator; Robert Pruchnofski, Hortonville High School, Career Pathmaker-Educator; Tom Barnhart, Ashwaubenon High School, Career Pathmaker-Technical Education Teacher; Plymouth High School, Education Innovation.

The winners in the Manufacturing category are:
KI, Brighter Image; Kondex Corp., Educational Partnership; N.E.W. Plastics Corp., Leadership; Johnsonville Sausage, LLC, Manufacturing Innovation; Jim Koronkiewicz, BPM Inc., Visionary; Pioneer Metal Finishing, Youth Apprenticeship.

Mark Weber of Northeast Wisconsin Technical College was given the Community Partnership Award.
The dinner event also introduced the 2015 All Stars, who are Mindy Bauknecht, N.E.W. Plastics Corp.; Joe Dengel, Jay Manufacturing Oshkosh, Inc.; Jeff Kubichek, Sargento Foods; Megan Lambrecht, Nercon Eng. & Mfg.; Ryan Lindeman, Miller Electric Mfg. Co.; Ben Mikkelson, Sturm Foods, Inc.; Samantha Payne, Machine Plus, LLC; Randy Schmidt, Great Northern Corp.; Matt Van Egeren, Georgia-Pacific; Michael Xiong, Rockline Industries. All Star Mentors are Bruce Duevel, Georgia-Pacific and Tim Lenz, Masters Gallery Foods, Inc.

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