MFG Operations Conference 2020

Date, Location and Time
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • Henry Center for Executive Development, East Lansing
  • Registration beings at 9:00 a.m.
  • $175/person for MMA Industry & Associate Members
  • $275/person for MMA Insurance and Future members
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Join us before the MFG Operations Conference for a member-exclusive meeting of the MMA Drugs in the Workplace Task Force. The Task Force allows members to get the latest updates, share best practices and work together to support and defend the manufacturing industry from this increasingly pervasive threat. You’ll hear from Honigman attorneys Douglas E. Mains and Mathew E. Radler and particpate in a facilitated discussion on next steps for the Task Force.

There is a separate registration for this Breakfast Meeting.

  • Anyone responsible for finance, human resources, talent or technology
  • Information to grow your business
  • Actionable items to implement right away
  • A mix of industry thought leaders, interactive presentations
  • Networking time with peers
Cascading Goals and Actions

Keynote SpeakerJohn Keuning • Express Employment Professionals
Geared for any leader in a management position, this hands-on session combines the essential components of setting company and team goals, determining actions that support the goals and the communication plan to execute the goals throughout an organization.

Learning Objectives

  • Publish and discuss corporate or team goals
  • Cascade goals through each level of the company
  • Create and publish action items to support goals
  • Make the plan visual and visible
  • Create a one-sheet strategy

About the Speaker

John Keuning has a passion to put his 30 years of manufacturing and leadership experience to work for companies by providing both classroom training and on-site consulting in all areas of manufacturing. He has extensive experience in Lean Manufacturing theory and implementation as well as helping new and advancing leaders understand the day-to-day work of being a leader. He has served multiple industries in several roles with his main focus on helping fellow leaders, direct reports and team members to be their best while executing the daily duties of manufacturing.

Tracking Financial KPIs to Support Business Growth

Mustansir Saifuddin • Innovative Solution Partners
Tracking Financial Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) allows you to take a pulse on a business’s health. Learn the steps involved in establishing KPIs, the importance of which ones to choose and how to actually track them. Attendees will walk away with a structured approach they can put into practice to help monitor the status of the business.

Integrating Compliance Into Manufacturing Operations

James Colmer • BB&E, Inc.
No matter your business, environmental, health and safety (EH&S) regulations and compliance impact us all. The pressure to comply with seemingly ever-changing EH&S requirements can be overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Learn how an integrated EH&S program can support your manufacturing operations rather than compete with them.

How to Attract and Retain to Sustain Your Workforce

Denise Ball • Tooling U-SME
Manufacturers must be creative if they want to attract and retain a highly skilled workforce. Get strategies used across the country to build a skilled workforce and keep manufacturing competitive including how to leverage key characteristics of the Gen Z and Millenial generations, implement new development programs that align with how these generations learn and rethink policies that not only attract but also help retain these younger workers.

The Future of Manufacturing Technology is You

Jerry Foster • Plex Systems
Your business processes, leadership and culture are just as important as your technology investments. Learn which management styles lead to success, how culture affects a company’s ability to leverage technology investments and how manufacturers can derive the most value from their vendor partnerships.

Six Keys to Getting What You Want from Your Manufacturing Business

Marisa Smith & Catherine Juon • Traction Training Center
Learn how having a clear vision sets you up to attract the best talent — and build an advantage your competitors can’t touch. See how fellow Michigan manufacturers have used the Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS) to help build world-class teams while systematically strengthening their organizations and removing barriers to growth.

Voice of the Blue Collar Employee

Brian Devine & Alex Vazquez • Employ Bridge
Hear recommendations for attracting and retaining the best workers based on the results of the largest survey of hourly workers in the country which captures the preferences and expectations of more than 18,000 blue collar workers in the supply chain (manufacturing and logistics positions).

Attracting Tomorrow’s Buyers: Guide to Digital Marketing for Manufacturers

Josh Blankenship • TopSpot
While most manufacturers today rely on long-time customer relationships built on reputation, the internet gives buyers access to more resources than ever before. How will you keep your customers coming back? Learn how to leverage modern digital marketing channels, understand the role the different channels play and discover basic B2B strategies to help you grow.

Doing More with Less — Overcoming the Available Employee Crisis

Chuck Mouranie & Ken Mall • EDSI Consulting
Find out how to retain your current talent, better define the needs for future talent and ultimately prepare your business for an economic slowdown with this session by learning how to reengineer your business to cut non-value-added functions and update the skills of your current workforce to support your newly streamlined and more efficient processes.

Why Combating Cyber Attacks is a Leadership Level Responsibility

Mike Maddox • ASK
Having the latest technology is great but without the three pillars of a solid technology solution — managed IT services, disaster recovery and cyber security — in place, the new technology could actually be a threat to your company. Learn why obtaining the three pillars of technology should be a C-Level responsibility more than an IT duty.

Check out the available 2020 MFG Operations Conference sponsorship opportunities or contact MMA’s Sarah Martin, at 517-487-8521 or, to discuss the best sponsorship avenue for your investment.

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521