MANUFACTURING FIRST
OCTOBER 19 - 20, 2016 | GREEN BAY, WI

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ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

This year’s two-day Manufacturing First Expo and Conference was held October 21-22 and was bigger and better than ever! Governor Scott Walker made an appearance, and keynote speaker Ryan Estis was a huge hit for the 1300 manufacturers who registered and the 500 students who came!

 

Manufacturing First 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. It is designed for them to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments, and provide premier networking opportunities.

Join us October 19 & 20, 2016 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay!

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AWARDS DINNER The Northeast Wisconsin Manufacturing Alliance (NEWMA) proudly hosted their fourth annual “Excellence in Manufacturing/K-12 Partnerships Awards” on the evening of October 21 as a kickoff to Manufacturing First. This year, the awards dinner sold out with over 350 people in attendance. The Alliance believes it is critically important for manufacturers to work with and support education. The awards spotlighted best practices throughout the New North region and raised $12,150 for college scholarships. 2016 ALL STAR WINNERS:

MANUFACTURING AWARD WINNERS:

Brighter Image - Laminations/Great Northern Corporation

Educational Partnerships - Curt G. Joa, Inc.

Leadership - Georgia-Pacific

Innovation - Waupaca Foundry, Inc.

Visionary - Paul Bartelt (The Vollrath Company)

Youth Apprenticeship - Kohler Co.

 

EDUCATION AWARD WINNERS:

Brighter Image - Appleton Technical Academy

Career Pathmaker Administrator - Nick Cochart (Algoma High School)

Career Pathmaker Educator - Sara Greenwood and Marci Kuhn (Mishicot High School)

Career Pathmaker Tech Ed Teacher - Greg Gritt (Plymouth High School)

Education Innovation - Green Bay Area Public Schools

Manufacturing Partnership - Denmark School District

 

COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER:

Project G.R.I.L.L.

MANUFACTURING FIRST AGENDA

The 5th annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference was bigger and better than ever with over 1,000 Wisconsin manufacturers and 500 students! The expo kicked off on October 21, with specific industry programing. Day two, October 22, featured 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.

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2015 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! Click the link below to view the Manufacturing First 2015 program.

WEDNESDAY 21, 2015

12:30pm

1:30pm

to

4:30pm

REGISTRATION, REFRESHMENTS, & NETWORKING

Registration opens at 12:30pm, with refreshments & networking leading up to programs

Pick a Program Session

 

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, 2015 - 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.

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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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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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MANUFACTURING FIRST
DIRECTIONS & LODGING

Hyatt on Main (attached to the KI)

333 Main St.

Green Bay, WI 54301

 

Make a reservation for the Hyatt using the link below to join the Manufacturing First room block.

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3:00pm

4:30pm

12:00pm

3:30pm

6:00pm

October 19 & 20, 2016

 

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 Tracy Johnson of InitiativeOne – 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.

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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!

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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.

2015 PROGRAM
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CELLS are designed to give attendees opportunities to continue their education throughout the day. Open all day and mixed into the expo floor, the CELLS are interactive, on demand, ways to learn valuable business skills. Don't miss out! Stop by all four CELLS to see what they have in store for you.
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Fifth Annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference Day 1 Agenda (APPLETON, WI) - September 25, 2015 - The 5th annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference is expanding. With over 500 Wisconsin manufacturers attending, this year’s event will now be October 21 and 22 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. It is designed for Wisconsin Manufacturers to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments, and provide premier networking opportunities. Day 1 of the event will begin at 1:30 where attendees will pick one of four programs to attend: 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 InitiativeOne – Institute of Business Leadership. 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. NAFTA Regional Focus will be presented through an informative company panel discussion moderated by a representative of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). 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. Advancing the Lean Enterprise: 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. These programs will be followed by a cocktail reception at 4:30 and the NEWMA Partnership Awards Dinner at 6:30, you must register to attend the dinner. TO REGISTER: Go to www.manufacturingfirst.com 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.

Northeast Wisconsin's Premier Manufacturing Event is Now Two Days

 

(APPLETON, WI) – August 11, 2015 – The 5th annual Manufacturing First Expo and Conference is expanding. With over 500 Wisconsin manufacturers attending, this year’s event will now be October 21 and 22 at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay. It is designed for Wisconsin Manufacturers to showcase industry advances, highlight successes, announce the latest developments, and provide premier networking opportunities.

 

This year’s keynote speaker is Ryan Estis, who was recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard" by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka. His compelling stories move participants to embrace change and achieve breakthrough performance. Ryan has 20 years of business experience working with the world’s best brands to initiate change, inspire innovation and deliver growth.

 

One out of four Northeast Wisconsin residents is employed by a manufacturer, attend Manufacturing First to gain perspective on issues that make a difference for your business and community. “Manufacturing is a vital component to Wisconsin’s economy,” says Mickey Noone, President – Northeast of First Business Bank. “The goal of this event is to connect manufacturers to share knowledge, experiences, and issues that impact their businesses.”

 

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 through networking and sharing knowledge with other local manufacturers. Top level sponsors include: Baker Tilly, City of Green Bay, New North, Sadorff Iron & Metal Company, The Executive Committee (TEC), and Wisconsin Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

 

To register for the Early Bird Rate: Go to www.manufacturingfirst.com

 

About First Business

First Business Financial Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: FBIZ) is a Wisconsin-based bank holding company, focused on the unique needs of businesses, business executives, and high net worth individuals. First Business offers commercial banking, specialty finance, and private wealth management solutions, and because of its niche focus, is able to provide its clients with unmatched expertise, accessibility, and responsiveness.

 

Member FDIC, First Business Bank’s Northeast headquarters are at 3913 W. Prospect Avenue in Appleton, with additional Northeast offices in Oshkosh and Green Bay. For additional information, visit www.firstbusiness.com or call 920-734-1800.

 

The First Business logo is available at http://www.firstbusiness.com/logo/

 

 

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