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MFG Forum 2020

The MFG Forum provides an avenue for manufacturers across the state to discover critical resources on emerging issues and learn about real-world best practices being utilized by their industry peers.

Focusing on content, connections and valuable take-aways for C-level and beyond, this annual event helps keep your business ahead of the game in an ever-evolving industrial landscape. Join us for a full-day program on May 5 in Grand Rapids designed to help you continue to build an innovative culture to maintain your organization’s relevancy.

Connect with decision makers, influencers and solution providers to identify, implement and execute opportunities for innovation and integration within your facility. In addition to best practices, Forum attendees will learn about important resources to protect and grow your business presented by leading manufacturers.

Date, Location and Time
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020
  • L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids
  • Registration beings at 8:30 a.m.
Pricing
  • $150/person for MMA Industry & Associate Members
  • $250/person for MMA Insurance & Future members
Register Today
Testimonial“Tom [Alongi]’s presentation was another example of the high-level discussion happening throughout the Forum.”

– Phil Sponsler, Orbitform

 
Testimonial“What a great event, bringing together manufacturers from all different industries, as well as some great vendors! I was exposed to new resources, and a wealth of useful information — some of which my company has already been able to put to use!”

– Amanda Waldron, Hatch Stamping Company LLC

 
Testimonial“During the presentation, I was compelled to consider how quickly this industry shift is happening and how my business can be better positioned to support the inevitable move away from combustion engines.”

– Ron Geisman, Lomar Machine & Tool Company

 
Testimonial“This session really showcased specific items I need to be aware of on both topics — Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity. These are the essential pieces I know I need to keep my business competitive and relevant in the industry.”

– Bernhard Kerschbaum, Rosler Metal Finishing USA

 
Testimonial“This forum provides great information about Industry 4.0 and gives you practical ways to help move your business through the next industrial revolution.”

– Tom Conway, ASK

  • Information to grow your Michigan-based business
  • A mix of industry leaders, panel presentations, interactive components and networking time
  • Past Attendees report information at the MFG Forum helped them to understand new concepts
  • 92% were likely to use the information they gained, or share it with a colleague
  • 93% were likely to turn this information into action within 30 days of the event
  • 84% rated the Forum as highly valuable
  • 93% were likely to attend the Forum again
The Factory Automation Journey: How to Get Started and Why

Corey Carolla • Vickers Engineering Inc.
You can’t just jump into integration; you must ease into it. Learn where to start with insights into Vickers Engineering’s automation journey, including how it changed their culture and spring-boarded growth. You’ll also hear about Red Rabbit’s approach to modular automation to identify, implement and execute opportunities already within your facility.

Redefining Excellence: How to Integrate Innovation into the Lean Manufacturing Business

Robert Niemiec • Twisthink
As manufacturers discover how innovation and digital transformation impacts processes, products, culture and the ability to attract talent — key factors for business growth — integration will become a more urgent priority. And with the business impact fully understood, innovation can overcome the common challenges that regularly sideline potential.

Evolving Innovation and Integration in Every Corner

Hatch Stamping has grown from a single-site, local Michigan company to a multi-site, global company with facilities in Asia, Mexico and the U.S. Suzanne Morrison will detail how Hatch embraces innovation and integration, from business processes to technology and beyond.

Manufacturing Panel

Rehmann’s Mike Powell will moderate a panel of innovative manufacturers, including Fogg Filler Company and Paragon Die & Engineering Company, to guide you through harnessing your innovative ideas to create a plan to integrate strategies throughout your business.

Strategic Consulting Expert

Whether you’re worried about the next six months or looking decades down the line, Paul Eichenberg will help you understand where the industry is heading and the strategic thinking every business must implement to get there.

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

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521
E-mail martin@mimfg.org

The MFG Forum provides an avenue for manufacturers across the state to discover critical resources on emerging issues and learn about real-world best practices being utilized by their industry peers.

Focusing on content, connections and valuable take-aways for C-level and beyond, this annual event helps keep your business ahead of the game in an ever-evolving industrial landscape. Join us for a full-day program on May 5 in Grand Rapids designed to help you continue to build an innovative culture to maintain your organization’s relevancy.

Connect with decision makers, influencers and solution providers to identify, implement and execute opportunities for innovation and integration within your facility. In addition to best practices, Forum attendees will learn about important resources to protect and grow your business presented by leading manufacturers.

Date, Location and Time
  • Tuesday, May 5, 2020
  • L.V. Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids
  • Registration beings at 8:30 a.m.
Pricing
  • $150/person for MMA Industry & Associate Members
  • $250/person for MMA Insurance & Future members
Register Today
Testimonial“Tom [Alongi]’s presentation was another example of the high-level discussion happening throughout the Forum.”

– Phil Sponsler, Orbitform

 
Testimonial“What a great event, bringing together manufacturers from all different industries, as well as some great vendors! I was exposed to new resources, and a wealth of useful information — some of which my company has already been able to put to use!”

– Amanda Waldron, Hatch Stamping Company LLC

 
Testimonial“During the presentation, I was compelled to consider how quickly this industry shift is happening and how my business can be better positioned to support the inevitable move away from combustion engines.”

– Ron Geisman, Lomar Machine & Tool Company

 
Testimonial“This session really showcased specific items I need to be aware of on both topics — Industry 4.0 and cybersecurity. These are the essential pieces I know I need to keep my business competitive and relevant in the industry.”

– Bernhard Kerschbaum, Rosler Metal Finishing USA

 
Testimonial“This forum provides great information about Industry 4.0 and gives you practical ways to help move your business through the next industrial revolution.”

– Tom Conway, ASK

  • Information to grow your Michigan-based business
  • A mix of industry leaders, panel presentations, interactive components and networking time
  • Past Attendees report information at the MFG Forum helped them to understand new concepts
  • 92% were likely to use the information they gained, or share it with a colleague
  • 93% were likely to turn this information into action within 30 days of the event
  • 84% rated the Forum as highly valuable
  • 93% were likely to attend the Forum again
The Factory Automation Journey: How to Get Started and Why

Corey Carolla • Vickers Engineering Inc.
You can’t just jump into integration; you must ease into it. Learn where to start with insights into Vickers Engineering’s automation journey, including how it changed their culture and spring-boarded growth. You’ll also hear about Red Rabbit’s approach to modular automation to identify, implement and execute opportunities already within your facility.

Redefining Excellence: How to Integrate Innovation into the Lean Manufacturing Business

Robert Niemiec • Twisthink
As manufacturers discover how innovation and digital transformation impacts processes, products, culture and the ability to attract talent — key factors for business growth — integration will become a more urgent priority. And with the business impact fully understood, innovation can overcome the common challenges that regularly sideline potential.

Evolving Innovation and Integration in Every Corner

Hatch Stamping has grown from a single-site, local Michigan company to a multi-site, global company with facilities in Asia, Mexico and the U.S. Suzanne Morrison will detail how Hatch embraces innovation and integration, from business processes to technology and beyond.

Manufacturing Panel

Rehmann’s Mike Powell will moderate a panel of innovative manufacturers, including Fogg Filler Company and Paragon Die & Engineering Company, to guide you through harnessing your innovative ideas to create a plan to integrate strategies throughout your business.

Strategic Consulting Expert

Whether you’re worried about the next six months or looking decades down the line, Paul Eichenberg will help you understand where the industry is heading and the strategic thinking every business must implement to get there.

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

Contact Sarah Martin

Sarah MartinEvent Coordinator
Call 517-487-8521
E-mail martin@mimfg.org
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