NEPIRC would like to thank all local manufacturers, our Board of Directors, partners and the Manufacturing Week 2012 Champion Team and Steering Committee, for making our Manufacturing Week 2012 events a great success. In so doing, you contributed to our week-long efforts to improve the image of manufacturing, avail our younger citizens to career choices in manufacturing, increase public awareness of the importance of manufacturing to our communities and share industry best practices.
Our Manufacturing Week 2012 activities were successful in engaging over 300 event attendees in positive discussions about manufacturing and exposing over 800 high-school students to information about careers in manufacturing. We appreciate your personal contribution to those successes.
Thank you again for taking time out of your day to participate in the furtherance of manufacturing within our region. Please feel free to contact us if we can be of any assistance to your or your valued northeastern PA business!
Manufacturing Day has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. Manufacturing Day is for students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large. Visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources. In addition, manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships.
In support of National Manufacturing Day, NEPIRC has arranged for a week-long series of events celebrating the importance of manufacturing in our communities.
Wednesday,October 3, 2012
Manufacturing: The Industry of Innovation
Mr. Roger Kilmer
Director of the National Institute of Standards & Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program
As a follow-on to his keynote address at the national Manufacturing Innovation 2012 conference, Mr. Kilmer will describe the crucial role that emerging and mid-sized manufacturers play in domestic and global supply chains and share recent success stories that verify what we all know – that U.S. manufacturing is alive and well thanks to innovative practices that are changing the game! Drawing upon real-life examples of how small and mid-sized manufacturers across the nation are leveraging internal and external resources to introduce new products, develop value-added customer services, identify new markets and reinvent their business processes, Mr. Kilmer will push you to reconsider what “innovation” means to YOUR company and explore how YOU can create a culture of innovation that won’t just take your business to the next level – but well beyond!
Lunch Presentation: The Hilton Scranton Conference Center, Scranton, PA
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Dinner Presentation: The Wren’s Nest Restaurant, Mansfield, PA
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Manufacturing CEO Insights
Mr. Paul Marvel, CPA
Partner, McGladrey LLP, Blue Bell, PA
As a partner in the manufacturing and distribution industry practice areas of the nation’s 5th largest assurance, tax and consulting firm, and a contributing author to the McGladrey Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor, Mr. Marvel will share his insights as to what’s on the minds of over 900 CEOs and CFOs that participated in the 2012 McGladrey Monitor survey. He’ll highlight their pressing challenges and planned responses, their biggest perceived growth opportunities and the best practices of companies that continue to grow and thrive! This is a best-practice sharing session not to be missed! This is a great opportunity to gain insight into the McGladrey 2012 Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor report in advance of your competitors.
Continental Breakfast Presentation: Glenmaura National Golf Club, Moosic, PA
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Lunch Presentation: Top of the 80’s Restaurant, Hazleton, PA
12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM
The True Meaning of Innovation: Creating Customer Value!
Mr. John Brandt
Former Publisher & Editor-In-Chief, IndustryWeek Magazine
Former President, Publisher & Editorial Director, Chief Executive Magazine
Current CEO and Founder of The MPI Group
Mr. Brandt has spent more than two decades studying the leadership attributes of effective, purpose-driven organizations. As an expert on how companies and their leaders can adapt themselves to the realities of new markets, new corporate structures, and new customer expectations, he is an accomplished leadership and management innovator and world-renowned consultant to Fortune 100 companies throughout the globe.
His combination of light-hearted humor, in-depth expertise, personal experiences and unparalleled research has made him one of the most popular business speakers in the world, with recent appearances for Microsoft, SAP, IBM, Grant Thorton, Accenture, Oracle and Novartis.
Mr. Brandt will explain why “innovation” really means “creating customer value” in today’s economy, and he’ll describe useful and practical ways to discover what your company’s brand really means, what your customers really want, how to create customer value that goes beyond the competition, and how to avoid commoditization of your company’s products. For more information about Mr. Brandt, visit www.apbspeakers.com.
Lunch Presentation: The Towanda Country Club, Towanda, PA
12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM
Dinner Presentation: The Best Western East Mountain Inn, Wilkes-Barre, PA
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM