Gold Sponsor:


Silver Sponsors:

Duke Energy
Fifth Third Bank
NC State University – Industrial Extension Service

Bronze Sponsor:

Bank of America
North Carolina Railroad Company


A M King
Adopt A Highway
Heritage-Crystal Clean
Myers & Chapman Building SOLUTIONS Group
NC State University – Industrial Extension Service
Senn Dunn Insurance
Southern Industrial Constructors

When: Thursday, June 4, 2015 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Four Seasons, Greensboro, NC | 3121 High Point Rd, Greensboro, NC 27407 | 800-242-6556 |Reservations can be made by calling the hotel and asking for the Chamber rate of $136. Cut-off for the special registration rate is May 4th.

Tickets: Chamber Cornerstone Members: $149 | Chamber Members: $189 | Non-Members: $249

What: The North Carolina Chamber’s 2015 Manufacturing Summit is in place to lead the discussion about what the best solutions are for manufacturing in our state. Come be a part of the largest gathering of North Carolina manufacturers for an action-packed, solution-oriented day of constructive conversations about issues facing your business and industry.

What matters most to manufacturers:
This summit will cover a report analyzing manufacturing survey results, how North Carolina competes against other states, technology’s impact, competing in a global economy, a legislation update, why innovation is essential, and workforce development among other timely topics that your leadership team and employees are seeing every day.

Who should attend?
Everyone at your organization can take something away from this event, including presidents and CEOs, managers, supervisors, political directors, government affairs personnel, colleagues and clients. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with manufacturing-minded people who look to shape our state’s future!


8:00 am – Registration/Coffee and Continental Breakfast/Exhibits Open

8:30 am – Opening Remarks
Mr. Lew Ebert

8:45 am – What Matters to Manufacturers? Overview of McGladrey’s 2015 Survey of Manufacturers
Steve Menaker, McGladrey

9:15 am – A Look at What Other States are Doing and How North Carolina Compares
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

9:45 am – Break/Exhibits Open

10:00 am – Morning Keynote:Midnight Lunch with Thomas Edison:  Unleashing the Innovation Power of Collaboration
Sarah Miller Caldicott, CEO, The Power Patterns of Innovation/Great Grandniece of Thomas Edison

10:45 am – Competing in the Global Economy: Panel Discussion
Harold Bevis, President and CEO, Xerium Technologies
Tim Carroll, Vice President, Global Operations, Lenovo
Scott Carlton, President, SGL Carbon LLC
Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff, PE, PhD, Executive Director, Industrial Extension Service, North Carolina State University (Moderator)
Other panelists invited

11:30 am – Legislative Update: Worker’s Comp, Regulatory and Tax Laws Impacting Manufacturers
Sean Sullivan, Partner, Troutman Sanders
Bruce Hamilton, Partner, Teague Campbell
Phillip Strach, Shareholder, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.

12:15 pm – Lunch and Keynote
Allan Parnell, Ph D., President, McMillan and Moss Research

1:30 pm – Manufacturers of the Year Award Presentation

2:00 pm – Adjournment