MANUFACTURING FIRST
OCTOBER 21 - 22, 2015 | GREEN BAY, WI

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The event is presented by First Business, along with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications to provide Wisconsin manufacturers hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses through networking and sharing knowledge with other local manufacturers.

 

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AWARDS DINNER The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) is proud to host their fourth annual “Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards” on the evening of October 21 as a kickoff to Manufacturing First. This premiere event will be held at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Last year, over 300 people attended the awards dinner and $10,000 was raised for college scholarships. Register for this event in addition to Manufacturing First. 2016 ALL STAR WINNERS:
YOU'RE INVITED ... The NEW Manufacturing Alliance cordially invites you and members of your organization to attend the fourth annual “Excellence in Manufacturing/ K-12 Partnerships Awards.” The Alliance believes it is critically important for manufacturers to work with and support education. The awards will spotlight best practices throughout the New North region. WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2015 KI CONVENTION CENTER 333 Main Street Green Bay, WI 4:30PM - Networking Reception & Silent Auction 6:15 - 8:30PM - Dinner & Awards Program The Awards Program will include a live auction featuring Packer Game Club Seating in the south end zone. All auction proceeds will fund college scholarships for youth. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at the link below . Tickets to Manufacturing First and tickets to the Awards dinner are sold separately.

The 5th annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference is expanding! With over 600 Wisconsin manufacturers attending, this year’s event will now be two days. It is designed for Wisconsin Manufacturers to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments, and provide premier networking opportunities.

 

Join us October 21 & 22 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay!

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The 5th annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference is expanding! With over 500 Wisconsin manufacturers attending, this year’s event will now be two days. The expo will kick off on October 21 with specific industry programing. Day two, October 22, will feature the main keynote - Ryan Estis, more programing, and exhibits open from 10am - 3:30pm. Manufacturing First is designed for Wisconsin Manufacturers to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments, and provide premier networking opportunities.

THIS YEAR'S LINEUP

The mission of Manufacturing First is to recognize a need. Gathering people to talk about their passion for manufacturing in Wisconsin was the genesis for the Manufacturing First Expo & Conference. We’re pleased to host the fifth annual event this fall at the newly-expanded KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

 

Manufacturing is a vital component to Wisconsin’s economy, with one out of four Northeast Wisconsin residents employed in the industry. It’s the backbone of our economy and it’s up to us to keep it strong. Check out the program for Manufacturing First 2015 and see what we have in store for you this year!

2015 PROGRAM
WEDNESDAY 21

Pick a Program Session

1:30pm

to

4:30pm

 

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP - Invitation Only

Superintendents & School Board Meeting.

COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Please join us in the exhibit hall for networking and a cash bar.

NEWMA PARTNERSHIP AWARDS DINNER

You must register to attend this dinner.

THURSDAY 22 - THE MAIN EVENT

Exhibit Hours 10:00am to 3:30pm

7:00am

8:00am

10:30am

11:30am

1:30pm

2:30pm

REGISTRATION, BREAKFAST & NETWORKING

Registration begins at 7:00am with breakfast and networking to follow.

KI - NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

First Business Stage

N.E.W. PLASTICS - NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

First Business Stage

Pick a Lunch and Learn Session

QAL - NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

First Business Stage

THE LAKE COMPANIES - NEW PRODUCT SHOWCASE

First Business Stage

NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION

Join us in the rotunda for some networking and a complimentary drink!

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DIRECTIONS & LODGING

Hyatt on Main (attached to the KI)

333 Main St.

Green Bay, WI 54301

 

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3:00pm

4:30pm

12:00pm

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October 21 & 22, 2015

 

KI Convention Center

333 Main St.

Green Bay, WI 54301

PROGRAM #1Women inManufacturing

PROGRAM #2Exporting &International Trade

PROGRAM #3Food & Beverage

PROGRAM #4Advancing theLean Enterprise

Program 1: Women in Manufacturing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A panel including Jan Allman, CEO of Marinette Marine, Kim Bassett, CEO of Bassett Mechanical and Rita Cox, President and CEO of Coating Excellence International will explore the challenges women leaders face in a male dominated manufacturing industry. Following the panel, a keynote presentation on “How Leaders Sabotage Their Success” will be provided by Initiative One – Institute of Business Leadership.  Learn three fundamental influences on behavior; discover what they have to do with success. Identify sabotage patterns that affect a leader’s performance and learn how to raise trust in teams by changing your leader behavior.  Members and membership information for the Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Association will be available at this special program coordinated by WiM in collaboration with NEWMA.

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Program 2: Exporting & International Trade

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast Wisconsin International Business Network (NEWIBN) and Lakeshore International Networking & Knowledge exchange (LINKe) will host a program to focus on global business issues. Join other local business professionals involved with international trade.  Legal experts will review various compliance and regulation concerns for exports / imports. NAFTA Regional Focus will be presented through an informative company panel discussion moderated by a representative of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).  Participants will share real life experiences and address opportunities for Wisconsin manufacturers interested in global expansion.

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Program 3: Food & Beverage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baker Tilly will host a seminar focusing on the food and beverage (F&B) industry in Wisconsin and current risks and trends. Joining Baker Tilly will be representatives from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) and Bassett Mechanical. This seminar will focus on three topics including the state of the F&B industry in Wisconsin, Process Safety Management initiatives, and cyber security, including social media risks, product formulation theft, data integrity, pricing and trade promotion espionage, and more. Baker Tilly is a full-service accounting and advisory firm that works with companies from farm to fork helping them grow their business, run more efficiently, and venture into new markets.

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Program 4: Advancing the Lean Enterprise:

People, Process, & Strategy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This program will discuss best practices for manufacturers to accelerate their lean journey based on a highly engaged workforce with excellent problem-solving skills, using process excellence to drive business results and lean as a strategy to create competitive advantage.  A number of local industry experts will share their journey including key successes & learnings as well as obstacles faced in developing and sustaining a lean culture.  The seminar will include practical tips and tools to help organizations with their improvement strategy and we will end with a panel discussion question and answer session.  The program is hosted by Optima Associates, an operational excellence advisory and resource firm focused on providing value added services, lean leadership, facilitation, training and education.

 

 

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SESSION #1

Finding and

Developing Your

Next Leaders

 

SESSION #2

Optimizing Value

From Your Metallic

Mfg By-Products

 

SESSION #3

A New Path to

Finding New

Business

 

SESSION #4

Business Growth

Through

Technology

 

SESSION #5

 HCCW Advanced

Manufacturing

Training Initiative

 

Session 1:

Finding and Developing Your Next Leaders

 

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This dynamic and interactive session combines the findings from two significant studies to help you identify and develop your next generation of leaders.  Whether you are responsible for the development of others or you are the one who wants to develop stronger leadership skills, this workshop will provide you with a concrete action plan and a clearer path to success.

Session 2:

Optimizing Value From Your Metallic Mfg By-Products

 

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If you’re a manufacturer, chances are you generate recyclable waste. And if that by-product is scrap metal, you want to be sure it’s going to the right place for the right price. The experts from Sadoff Iron & Metal will focus on what to look for in a recycling program: periodic review of your operations, optimal work centers, segregation of materials by size and grade, as well as pricing formulas that consider accountability of each transaction.

Session 3:

A New Path to Finding New Business

 

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Looking to diversify your customer base and fit into multiple supply chains? This session will help you understand your company’s capabilities to cross over to multiple industry markets.   Hear from representatives in the Water, Aero Space & Energy sectors on what they seek in suppliers, and how to participate in the Supply Chain Marketplace!

Session 4:

Business Growth Through Technology

 

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Technology is a key to success in today’s dynamic manufacturing environment. The UW-Stout MOC and WMEP will describe two powerful solutions that leverage technology.  Tech Scouting helps manufacturers find/adopt advanced technologies that create competitive advantage, and Technology Drive Market Intelligence helps manufacturers find new markets for their unique technology-based capabilities.

Session 5:

HCCW Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative

 

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A private-public partnership designed to address the growing skilled worker shortage in the State of Wisconsin in a manner that engages the under served and under utilized low to moderate income (LMI) individuals. This highly successful initiative is training and deploying graduates ready to fill vacant manufacturing positions.

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KEYNOTE PRESENTER : RYAN ESTIS

Next Level Leadership

Managing Breakthrough Performance in the

New Economy

Ryan is an international speaker that has been recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine. Ryan will discuss the approach to effective leadership and how it needs to transform as our workforce and customers evolve. He will challenge conventional leadership practices and explore progressive techniques and technology that pace with the evolving needs of today’s knowledge worker.

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Fourth annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference to shine the spotlight on Northeast Wisconsin's leading industry Oct. 22 in Green Bay (APPLETON, WI) - October 17, 2014 - If you said manufacturing comes first in NE Wisconsin, you would be on the mark. It’s no stretch to say the region is an epicenter for manufacturing in the United States: Northeast Wisconsin employs 23 percent of its workforce in non-agricultural manufacturing. That’s higher than the state average of 16.3 percent – which is neck-and-neck for the top spot with Indiana, at 16.9 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (The national average is 9 percent.) The high profile of manufacturing in Northeast Wisconsin makes it a natural place to host a major conference for those in the industry, and what better time than in October, Manufacturing Month? The fourth annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. Coordinated by First Business in partnership with the Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications, Manufacturing First is expected to again draw some 800 attendees. “Manufacturing is an important component of Wisconsin’s economy, particularly in Northeast Wisconsin, where 23% of all of the jobs are in manufacturing,” says Mickey Noone, President – Northeast Region of First Business Bank. “The goal of this event is to connect manufacturers to share knowledge, experiences and issues that impact their businesses.” What sets Manufacturing First apart from other conferences is that more than 60 percent of its 160 exhibitors are manufacturers, says Ann Franz, executive director of the NEW Manufacturing Alliance. “That’s one-stop shopping” for manufacturers seeking to meet their peers. “We also have international speakers.” Four featured speakers will present a wide variety of topics: Seth Mattison, founder and CEO of Futuresight Labs and strategic partner at BridgeWorks, LLC will present, “Engineering Next Generation Talent.”
Diego Tamburini, manufacturing industry strategist with Autodesk (parent company of AutoCad), will talk about “The Future Factory.”
Greg Morris, additive technologies leader of GE Aviation, will present “3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Present & Future.”
Steve Sakai, president of CMD Corporation, will discuss, “How to Develop an Innovative Culture.” Breakout sessions will explore topics such as how to prepare for a retiring workforce and the advantages of deploying quick response manufacturing. Booth talks, held within the expo hall, will offer information on exporting opportunities, risk management, succession planning and disaster preparedness. Food for thought on optimizing energy management programs will be the topic during the noon “lunch and learn” session. “The event features technical expertise but we also have a strong emphasis on human capital,” Franz says. “We can’t be short-sighted that baby boomers are retiring in large numbers and that talent is leaving our workforce. How do we capture that knowledge before they leave? In 2020, 36 percent of the population will be over age 65, so this is a critical issue for industry.” A strength in Wisconsin manufacturing is the diversity of industries, Franz adds. “We’re not just about auto, plastics or paper – which some people think – but we have a diversification of industry sectors.” Also unique to Manufacturing First is that many high-level executives attend. “We’ll have people from all levels of their organizations, from CEOs and executives to plan managers, IT specialist, marketing and human resources leaders.” Among the 800-some attendees expected will be about 120 high school students, considered a key demographic as manufacturers look to introduce the jobs they need to fill with the next generation. Admission is $95 for the all-day event. Those who register will receive a roster of all attendees so they can plan to make the most of the networking part of the day. The event is presented by First Business, in partnership with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications. Top level sponsors include: Baker Tilly, M3 Insurance, WMEP, Schneider Electric and Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP. Members of the media are invited to attend Manufacturing First at no cost. Request a free ticked in advance by calling Jodie Johnson at 608-232-5910.

Manufacturing First Expo offers a conduit for partnership collaboration for Wisconsin Manufacturers

 

(APPLETON, WI) – October 28, 2013 - First Business Bank - Northeast announces the third annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference designed to provide outstanding connection opportunities for Wisconsin manufacturers. The event is scheduled for October 31, 2013 from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

 

“Manufacturing is an important component of Wisconsin’s economy, particularly in Northeast Wisconsin, where 23% of all of the jobs are in manufacturing,” says Mickey Noone, President of First Business Bank - Northeast.

 

Wisconsin ranks fifth in states where manufacturing represents the largest total share of the state economy.  Manufacturing’s share of output in the state is 19.1%.  In terms of dollars, manufacturing output in 2012 was $49.98 billion, the 12th highest in the U.S.  In 2012, Wisconsin was a large producer of durable goods, which accounted for 11.3% of its GDP, up from 10.7% last year.

 

“It’s no wonder this event is significant to continued manufacturing growth in the state,” says Noone.  “The goal of this event is to connect manufacturers to share knowledge, experiences and issues that impact their businesses.  The idea is to leverage the knowledge base currently present in the state so all manufacturers can take that information to learn and grow.”

 

The strategy is supported by an admission fee of $95, so all key personnel at manufacturing facilities can attend. Attendees will also receive a roster of all attendees so they can make one-on-one contacts on their own, as well.

 

         

 

The program allows manufacturers to network through booth talks, exhibits, and breakout sessions. The expo will showcase Health Care Reform, Risk Mitigation, Tax Strategies and Incentive for Manufacturers and Customer-Centric Web Strategies. Speakers include:

 

  • Rogerio Rizzi, Principal of Deloitte, LLP
  • Mike Weller, President of Miller Electric
  • Steve Van Remortel, Speaker, Chief Strategist & Talent Coach, also Author of the Award-Winning Book “Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream”, SM Advisors
  • Secretary Reggie Newton, State of Wisconsin Secretary
  • Scott Jansen, Director of Skills Development for the Department of Workforce Development
  • Kris Levanetz, Human Resource Manager at Team Industries
  • Chad Derenne, Senior Tax Manager at Baker Tilly
  • Barb Fleisner-LaMue, Regional Account Manager at WEDC
  • Mark Rhyan, Executive Vice President & COO of Sargento Foods, Inc.
  • Dan Ariens, President & CEO of Ariens Co.
  • Jeff Korhan, Author of “Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business”

 

“Manufacturing is a significant element to Wisconsin’s economy,” says Ann Franz, Strategic Partnership Manager, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.  “We believe this will again be an outstanding program for Wisconsin manufacturers of all types and a meaningful program for the state of Wisconsin.”

 

Manufacturing First Expo is presented by First Business Bank - Northeast, in partnership with Insight Publications and NEW Manufacturing Alliance. Top level sponsors include: Baker Tilly, M3 Insurance, WMEP, Skyline Technologies and Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP.

 

Members of the media are invited to attend Manufacturing First at no cost. Simply ask for Jodie Johnson at the event registration booth the day of the event.

Speaker lineup announced for 2013 Manufacturing First Expo & Conference ((APPLETON, WI) – July 31, 2013 - First Business Bank - Northeast announces the speaker lineup for the third annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference for Wisconsin manufacturers. The event is scheduled for October 31, 2013 from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. The program allows manufacturers to interact through booth talks, exhibits, and breakout sessions. The expo will showcase competitive strategies in a global society, address capturing and retaining skilled talent and best practices in innovation. Speakers include: Mike Weller, President of Miller Electric
Steve Van Remortal, Author of the Award-Winning Book, "Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream"
Secretary Reggie Newson, State of Wisconsin Secretary
Scott Jansen, Director of Skills Development for the Department of Workforce Development
Lisa Boyd, Division of Employment & Training Administrator for the Department of Workforce Development
Kris Levanetz, Human Resources Manager for Team Industries
Chad Derenne, Senior Tax Manager at Baker Tilly
Barb Fleisner-LaMue, Regional Account Manager for WEDC
Mark Rhyan, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Sargento Foods Inc.
Dan Ariens, President & CEO of Ariens Co.
Jeff Korhan, Author of "Built-In Social: Essential Social Marketing Practices for Every Small Business" Manufacturing First Expo is presented by First Business Bank - Northeast, in partnership with Insight Publications and NEW Manufacturing Alliance. Sponsors include: Baker Tilly, M3 Insurance, WMEP, Skyline Technologies, Davis & Kuelthau, S.C., Sadoff Iron & Metal Company, and, Boldt.

2013 Manufacturing First Expo & Conference Scheduled

 

(APPLETON, WI) – January 14, 2013 - First Business Bank - Northeast announces the third annual Manufacturing First Expo & Conference designed to provide premier networking opportunities for Wisconsin manufacturers. The event is scheduled for October 31, 2013 from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay.

 

One out of four Northeast Wisconsin residents is employed by a manufacturer, so it's not surprising that more than 400 Wisconsin manufacturers participate annually in Manufacturing First Expo & Conference. The event is put on by First Business, along with the NEW Manufacturing Alliance and Insight Publications to provide Wisconsin manufacturers hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses via connections to - and shared knowledge from - other local manufacturers.

 

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