2014 Manufacturing Summit

May 1, 2014




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Location: Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons (3121 High Point Road at I-40 • Greensboro, NC 27407)

Room Information: Summit attendee rate of $132.  The cutoff date for reservations is March 31st.  Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-242-6556 and asking for the NC Chamber – Manufacturing Summit rate.

Ticket Pricing: $149 Cornerstone Member | $189 Chamber Member | $249 Non Member

Summary: Manufacturing employs more than 430,000 North Carolinians which is 10.9% of the state’s total workforce. This workforce is the leading contributor to the state’s total GDP by compiling 20% of it.

As the state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturer’s, we take personal offense when we hear people say that nothing is made in North Carolina anymore. Sure, there are some challenges to growth in this economy, but North Carolina is the home to a strong, vibrant manufacturing community. Your state Chamber will host this year’s largest gathering of North Carolina manufacturers for an action-packed, solution-oriented day of constructive conversations about issues facing your business.

From navigating environmental regulations and site selection strengths and weaknesses, to supply chain logistics and strategies for identifying qualified talent, this event will cover the timely topics that your leadership team and employees are tackling 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!

Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsors

Caterpillar, Inc.
Glen Raven, Inc.
McGladrey LLP
North Carolina Railroad Company


Citrix ShareFile
Ernest China Consulting
GEL Engineering, LLC
Heritage-Crystal Clean
Senn Dunn Insurance
Solutions IES, Inc.
Southern Industrial Constructors
Teague Campbell

Draft Agenda

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

8:30 am
Opening Remarks
Mr. Lew Ebert

8:45 am
The State of Manufacturing in North Carolina
Mr. Steve Menaker, Assurance Partner, McGladrey

9:15 am
How North Carolina Compares to Other States – Keeping North Carolina Competitive
Mr. Ted Abernathy, Economic Leadership LLC

9:45 am
Break/Exhibits Open

10:00 am
Accessing the Workforce and Talent Development Pipeline: A Map to the Systems
Mr. Will Collins, North Carolina Department of Commerce

10:30 am
Success Stories: Certified Apprenticeship Program
Lukas Schoenwetter, Director Human Resources, Buhler Aeroglide

11:00 am
Working Together to Create a Successful Talent Pipeline
Jane Oates, Vice President for External Affairs, Apollo Group, Inc., University of Phoenix
General Cornell Wilson, Governor’s Military Advisor, State of North Carolina
TBD, BiogenIdec
Korey Coon, Caterpillar Inc.
Teresa Helmlinger Ratcliff, PE, PhD, Executive Director, Industrial Extension Service, North Carolina State University (Moderator)

11:45 am
Unfair Competition/Economic Impact of Software Piracy on Manufacturing
Brian Raymond, Director, Technology Policy and Domestic Economic Policy, NAM and Treasurer, National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) (Moderator)
Drew Greenblatt, President, Marlin Steel Wire Products; Chairman, National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) and Executive Committee Member, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Board of Directors
Kevin Anderson, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Consumer Protection Division

12:30 pm
Lunch and Keynote
Mr. Jay Timmons, President, NAM

2:00 pm

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