PivotPoint: Breakaway Thinking for Advancing Manufacturing
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PivotPoint: Breakaway Thinking for Advancing Manufacturing

PivotPoint: Breakaway Thinking for Advancing Manufacturing

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Downtown Market Grand Rapids

435 Ionia Avenue Southwest

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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Whether they occur in the front office or on the plant floor, challenges to efficiency and production affect every manufacturer. Join us for a day of lively discussions with the region's top industry leaders and professionals as they cover today’s biggest challenges, and the steps they’ve taken towards innovation and improvement. As an attendee, you’ll walk away with strategies and ideas that can be immediately applied to your business.

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8 a.m. to 8:30 - Breakfast buffet and networking

8:30 a.m. to 8:50 - Welcome

8:50 a.m. to 10:20 a.m.:

Session 1: The Lean Manufacturing Journey with Steve Brenneman, Founder/CEO, ATC Trailers

Learn about ATC Trailer’s journey into “lean thinking” and how it completely changed how they worked. CEO Steve Brenneman talks about the impacts of applying lean to nearly every aspect of the business – from the front office to the factory floor.

Session 2: Preparing Your Business for Growth - People, Processes, and Protocols with Rabih Jamal, Managing Partner, DWH

Most companies seek growth, but without the proper staffing and protocols, growth can pose challenges to a business. Discover key factors that are critical to maximizing potential and ensuring a company is successful during growth and transition.

Session 3: Enhancing Production Line Flow with Tim Stansfield, IET,inc.

What is an “enhanced production line flow” and what effect can it have in manufacturing? Tim Stansfield, President of IET, will discuss flexible capacity, improving quality performance, and maximizing shareholder value.

Session 4: The Elegant Solution: Simple Ideas that Change Everything with David Shull, Architect and Industrial Practice Leader, Progressive AE

Scale it back, make it simple, let it flow. David Shull, architect and industrial practice leader at Progressive AE, discusses the process of seeking and applying deceptively simple ideas that, for manufacturers, can change everything.

10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. - Networking Break

10:40 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.:

Session 5: Business! It's All About the People with Bob Roth, President/CEO, RoMan Manufacturing

Everybody is talking about “talent” today, how do you find it, retain it, and develop it? Without it, businesses can’t survive or thrive. President and CEO Bob Roth will discuss RoMan Manufacturing’s quest to attract the best, retain the best, and continually develop the best employees.

Session 6: Getting Creative with Energy with Greg Northup, President/Managing Partner, Sustainable Partners LLC

Are you taking advantage of new technologies to improve your energy performance? Greg will present alternatives to tackle the dependency we’ve created on traditional utilities.

Session 7: Bridging the Gap with Transparency with Andrew Galardi, Vice President, Sr. Relationship Manager, Commercial Banking, Bank of America/Merrill Lynch

A review of commercial banking underwriting and how additional due diligence is needed when growing companies seek a significant capital expansion. We’ll take a look at how projections can shape the underwriting outcome, and what steps manufacturers should take to help quantify these projections when analyzing the company’s debt capacity.

Session 8: Connecting the Office to the Plant with Steve Brenneman, Founder/CEO, ATC Trailers

In 2012 ATC Trailers did something radical: they broke apart existing departments and realigned teams – from sales to manufacturing – with the needs of their customers. The change helped cut down on production time and increase accuracy. Want sales people and engineers work together better? Try removing the physical barriers between them. It works.

12:20 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Lunch

12:50 p.m. to 1:20 p.m. - "Ask the Experts" panel discussion

1:20 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Networking

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