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Fifth Annual Manufacturing First Expo Conference Day 2 Agenda

APPLETON, WI – Oct. 14, 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 2 of the event will begin at 7:00 am with breakfast and networking sponsored by CR Meyer, followed by the keynote speaker Ryan Estis at 8:00 am. Ryan’s presentation is Next Level Leadership: Managing Breakthrough Performance in the New Economy sponsored by Miron and Wipfli. The Expo will be open at 10:00 am. There will be two new product showcases on the First Business Stage, KI will be at 10:30 and N.E.W. Plastics at 11:30.

At 12:00 attendees will pick one of five lunch and learns:

Finding and Developing Your Next Leaders – 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. This session is sponsored by TEC.

Optimizing Value From Your Metallic Mfg By-Products – 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.

A New Path to Finding New Business – 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! This session is sponsored by New North and ECWRPC.

Business Growth Through Technology – 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 Driven Market Intelligence helps manufacturers find new markets for their unique technology-based capabilities.

HCCW Advanced Manufacturing Training Initiative – A private-public partnership designed to address the growing skilled worker shortage in the State of Wisconsin in a manner that engages the underserved and underutilized low to moderate income (LMI) individuals. This highly successful initiative is training and deploying graduates ready to fill vacant manufacturing positions. This session is sponsored by the City of Green Bay.

The sessions will be followed by new product showcases from QAL at 1:30 and The Lake Companies at 2:30 with a networking cocktail reception at 3:30 pm sponsored by Wilhelm Law. TO REGISTER: Go to www.manufacturingfirst.com.

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