Speakers to offer solutions on sustainability, workforce

The 2008 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit will bring together a diverse group of speakers that will give attendees practical ways to attack some of the major issues facing manufacturing. The Manufacturing Summit, scheduled for March 31 and April 1 at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago, is designed to address the key issues facing manufacturers while giving plant managers a chance to meet the 20...


The 2008 Plant Engineering Manufacturing Summit will bring together a diverse group of speakers that will give attendees practical ways to attack some of the major issues facing manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Summit, scheduled for March 31 and April 1 at the Hotel Sofitel in Chicago, is designed to address the key issues facing manufacturers while giving plant managers a chance to meet the 2007 Product of the Year winners and the 2007 Top Plant award recipients.

The 2008 Summit schedule features three tracks on issues crucial to manufacturing success:

Sustainability : Monday, March 31 at 1 p.m. Speakers include Chuck Edwards from Molex.

Data management : Monday, March 31 at 3:30 p.m. Speakers include Mark Cox from GE Fanuc and Michael Wendell from SAP.

Workforce development : Tuesday, April 1 at 10 a.m. Speakers include Dr. Jay Lee of the University of Cincinnati and Dan Swinney of the Chicago Manufacturing Renaissance Council.

“The 2008 Summit was designed to address the issues our readers find most important,” said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. “There are few topics more crucial than workforce development %%MDASSML%% finding and retaining skilled workers in manufacturing. From there, giving plant workers the knowledge about how and when to best use data, and how to develop a sustainability program that both meets their social and fiscal responsibilities is information that is much sought-after.

“The Summit presentations will provide attendees with practical, actionable ways to affect change in their operations. These are ideas they will be able to implement as soon as they return to their own operations,” Vavra said.

At the Manufacturing Summit, winners of the 2007 Product of the Year awards will receive their trophies at a gala dinner Monday, March 31. Keynote speaker is Dr. Bernhard Haas, vice president of manufacturing for Deere & Co. Product managers from more than 50 companies will be on hand, making it an excellent networking event for plant managers.

Top Plant award winners GEMA, SEW Eurodrive and Spriax Sarco will be recognized at a breakfast April 1 at 8 a.m. An interactive roundtable discussion with plant managers will follow the award presentation.

Registration for the 2008 Summit is available by going to www.PlantEngineering.com and clicking on the Manufacturing Summit logo.


6 p.m. Reception for Summit sponsors and guests
12 p.m. - Registration
1 p.m. - Energy and sustainability
3 p.m. - Turning data into action
4:30 p.m. - Internet Marketing session
6:30 p.m. - Cocktails
7:15 p.m. - Product of the Year dinner
7:45 p.m. - Product of the Year awards Keynote speaker: Dr. Bernhard Haas, VP Manufacturing, Deere & Co.
8 a.m. - Top Plant breakfast
9 a.m. - Top Plant award presentations and Roundtable
10 a.m. - The next generation of manufacturing workers.

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