2017 Manufacturing Summit

May 9, 2017

Navigating Talent, Trade and Competition

The North Carolina Chamber is the exclusive state affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers, and this year we surveyed industry leaders to help revamp this event. Topics will address the state of manufacturing in North Carolina, trade policies of today and tomorrow, and methods for creating a job-ready workforce that will provide manufacturers with the talent necessary to compete on the global stage.

Gold Sponsor:

Networking Breakfast Sponsor:


What: Manufacturing Summit
When: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Harris Conference Center | 3216 CPCC Harris Campus Drive, Charlotte, NC

Registration and Sponsorships

Registration is closed!

Ticket Pricing:

Cornerstone Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225
Members: Early-Bird $200 | Regular $225 | Late $250
Non-Members: Early-Bird $300 | Regular $325 | Late $350

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Tuesday, April 11. Late registration pricing starts on Thursday, May 4.

Email Beth Shore or call 919-836-1406 for more details about sponsorship opportunities.

Draft Agenda

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration, Hot Breakfast, and Networking with Exhibitors

8:30 – 8:45 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Trade Policy Changes Impacting Your Business
Linda Dempsey, National Association of Manufacturers

With 95% of the world’s consumers living outside the borders of the United States, international trade is vital to the success of the manufacturing industry. You will hear from an expert with the National Association of Manufacturers on current and upcoming federal trade policy changes that will impact your ability to compete globally.

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
The State of Manufacturing in NC
Ted Abernathy, Economic Leadership LLC

Despite reports of the demise of manufacturing, North Carolina still boasts the fourth largest manufacturing GDP in the country. Hear from Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner of Economic Leadership LLC, how North Carolina stacks up against the competition.

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Networking Break

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Finding Qualified Talent: An Apprenticeship Case Study
Krystal Anderson, Director Human Resources, Bühler Aeroglide

If you are struggling to find and retain qualified talent, an apprenticeship program might be your solution to obtaining highly skilled employees to fit your technical job needs. You will hear one organization describe how they implemented an apprenticeship program to fill their shortage in skilled employees and to grow future leaders from the ground up.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Finding Qualified Talent: Customized Training
> Bruce Gowan, Aplix, Inc.
> Shawn Adelsberger, Agility Fuel Solutions
> Allison Bowers, Central Piedmont Community College
> Alesia Burris, NC Works Customized Training, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
> Maureen Little, NC Community College System (Moderator)

Learn how the NCWorks Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services through a collaborative effort with manufacturing businesses in North Carolina. You will hear from businesses like yours who have used this resource to improve their talent pipeline and meet specific business objectives.

11:00 a.m.
Closing Remarks

Continuing Education Credit

2 credit hours.

Live Group Study



Silver Sponsor:

Piedmont Natural Gas

Bronze Sponsors:

Columbus McKinnon Corporation
Regions Bank
Shurtape Technologies
Truliant Federal Credit Union


A-Safe, Inc.
DQS Inc.
Electricities of North Carolina
Hummingbird Creative Group, Inc.

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