Manufacturing Matters! 2019

Registration during the “Early Early Bird” period does not require selecting conference tracks or individual sessions.  Once the 18 break-out sessions are published you will be invited to make your final selections.

 

Agenda

When Building Your Own Agenda, please ensure you choose only one session per time slot so that your sessions do not overlap. You may choose a minimum of "zero" sessions and up to a maximum of 7.  

If you decide not to select specific sessions at this time, you're welcome to return and modify your registration at any time.  WMEP will send you alerts and keep you informed as session specific subjects are finalized. 

 

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  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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    8:00 AM  -  4:00 PM
    HACCP Certification

    This pre-conference offering has it's own registration site and requires an additional fee.

    If you'd like to find out more about the session and register to attend, please click Here.

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    Pre-Conference Offering

    8:30 AM  -  11:30 AM
    Designing Your Company’s Customer Experience to Gain Competitive Advantage
    Executive C
    Price, quality and lead-time used to be the only ways a supplier/manufacturer could gain sustained competitive advantage. But the ease and convenience of digital tools and devices have raised customers’ expectations of how business can be conducted. Now, “customer experience” is the new battlefield where your company can stand out and gain an edge. In this workshop, you will be introduced to a structured framework and methods for establishing a superior experience at when it matters most to your prospects and customers. We will explore customer personas, journey mapping, journey metrics and overall “customer experience” critical success factors. You will take-away actionable tools and insights to help you take your company’s customer experience to the next level.
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    Fee  Optional 
     

    Pre-Conference Session

    12:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Building a Lead Generation System
    Discover the proven tools and techniques that any business can use to build and maintain a successful lead generation system. DVIRC has spent over a decade working with hundreds of small and midsized manufacturers from across the country. Explore how a Plan, Do, Check and Act approach towards your business development efforts can produce reliable and repeatable new revenue streams in as little as three months. This session will cover: PLAN: How to prepare for meaningful growth and identify opportunities for market penetration and/or expansion. DO: Staging and implementing the systems and tools needed to grow. CHECK: Trend analysis and measuring success. ACT: Address and eliminate organizational challenges and embrace sustainable growth opportunities. It is a great time to be a Manufacturer in America. This session will help to get you on track for record growth! Who should attend? Business owners, Executives and Leaders tasked with growing their business. Benefits • Set a foundation for effective sales and marketing efforts • Develop a process that is both proven and manageable for any size business • Create consistency in how you target new customers • Set a path to experience dramatic increase in sales Outcomes Participants will leave this session with an enhanced ability to qualify new leads. In addition they will walk away with the foundation of a structured sales plan that is guaranteed to increase their business.
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    Fee  Optional 
     

    Pre-Conference Offering

    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Sustainability 1:1 Consultations (advanced appointment required)
    Executive B
    Please contact Mark Mcdermid at 608-512-3378 for more information or to schedule an appointment
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    Pre-Conference Offerings

    3:30 PM  -  5:30 PM
    Milwaukee Brewing Company Tour
    Milwaukee Brewing Company
    WMEP has arranged for a private tour of Milwaukee Brewing Company.The cost per person is $15.00. WMEP will provide round trip bus transportation from the Hyatt to the Brewery. Boarding will begin at 3:00pm at the East Side entrance to the Hyatt. The bus will return to the Hyatt at approximately 5:45pm. This technical tour is approximately two hours.
    Fee  Optional 
    5:30 PM  -  7:30 PM
    Board of Directors' Reception
    Hyatt Atrium
    Join us in the Hyatt Regency's Atrium for a networking reception.
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  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
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    Conference Day

    8:00 AM  -  8:30 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Tim Wiora, Executive Director of WMEP make opening remarks.
    8:30 AM  -  9:30 AM
    Keynote Speaker - Dr. Bill Mitchell, President & CEO, Aguila - A Foxconn Company
    9:30 AM  -  10:20 AM
    Networking & Exhibits
    Network with your peers and visit the sponsors & exhibitor booths
    9:40 AM  -  10:05 AM
    Strategic Briefing Sessions

    Join us for a Strategic Briefing Session. These bonus sessions are included in your registration and presented by Platinum Level Sponsors. These sessions run concurrently from 9:40 AM - 10:05 AM during the morning break.

    NEFF Automation: "How technology is changing manufacturing and its workforce." Presented by Joe Campbell, Product Sales Manager; NEFF Automation.  Location: Lakeshore Ballroom BC

    WEDC:  "Maintaining and Advancing Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Leadership."  ​Presented by Vincent Rice, Vice President, Sector Strategy Development, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  Location: Executive Ballroom AB.

    Wisconsin Bank & Trust: "Embracing the Inconveniences: How to protect your company from fraud".  Presented by Steve Clark, SVP Treasury Management Officer, Amber Frantz, VP Treasury Management Officer, Mark Riess, VP Commercial Payment Solutions Consultant. Location:  Executive CD.

    3M:  3M Sustainability - ​Presented by Will Barrett, Senior Account Representative.  Location:  Milwaukee Room.

    10:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Attracting and Retaining Talent - The Role of Messaging
    Attracting & retaining talent, particularly millennial talent is a challenge that’s only growing for manufacturers in Wisconsin. Let’s stop talking about the problem and start making it happen. This session will show you what content you need to create to stand out in a competitive labor market, and what steps you need to take to attract and retain millennial talent. You’ll leave with an action plan and templates of the five most important pieces of content to create a strong talent attraction and retention strategy
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    10:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Green Masters - Assessing and Recognizing Your Sustainability Performance
    The Green Masters program is a point-based assessment and recognition program for business in the state of Wisconsin. This session explores how the Green Master Program participants have used the program to assess their performance, develop sustainability strategy, benchmark, communicate their progress and/or make improvements in the operations. Hear stories of businesses that have used the program to enhance sustainability programming and drive results.
     Optional 
    10:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Growth Through Acquisition
    Acquisitions are an effective way to grow an organization and strategically increase market reach. This session highlights best practices in acquisition decisions and execution.
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    10:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Industry 4.0 - The Digital Thread
    Leverage the Digital Thread concept of Industry 4.0! Realize significant gains by digitizing the value chain from the initial customer experience through the production processes in high mix, low volume manufacturing environments. Join Digital Manufacturing and Design lead, Ron Thomas, from the UW-Stout Manufacturing Outreach Center, for strategic insight into this disruptive technology change. Following the digital thread, J.B. Systems, a custom website designer, will illustrate the power of digitizing the customer experience with online product configurators and automated quoting. Finally, see how the digital product configuration is being used at WB Manufacturing to automate machines and processes in a custom casework production facility. Are you ready for a Digital Transformation?
     Optional 
    10:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Making It Happen - Metrics and Scorecards
    A great plan can only be realized with effective execution. Metrics & Scorecards will help keep a great plan on track. Hear from manufacturing leaders on how they use metrics and scorecards to achieve remarkable results.
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    10:20 AM  -  11:25 AM
    Productivity Through Leadership Development
    First line managers, are crucial to the success of companies and have a direct impact on employee retention, engagement and overall productivity. This session shows how to cultivate effective front-line leaders.
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    11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM
    Lunch
    12:35 PM  -  1:40 PM
    Best Practices in Sustaining Export Strategy
    Companies that export consistently outperform their non-exporting competition. Sustaining and growing exporting programs drives revenue and innovation. Hear from three leading exporters on how to develop and sustain a successful exporting strategy.
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    12:35 PM  -  1:40 PM
    Doing More with Fewer Employees
    In today’s environment, improving productivity, or doing more with fewer employees isn’t just about padding your bottom line, it is a necessity. According to the Wall Street Journal, the year 2000 was the last year the entire baby-boom generation was of prime working age and 2019 will be the first year in which none of it is. The fact is, the work force is contracting and businesses of all types and size are scrambling to attract and retain talent. Most are also exploring how to meet customer demands with fewer employees. This session will explore steps taken by two Wisconsin manufacturers, J & R Machining and Racine Metal Fab, to increase productivity, grow revenue and profits per FTE. Participants will learn how the use of basic continuous improvement practices, standardization of equipment, use of cellular concepts, robotics, and technology all contribute to increased levels of production per FTE.
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    12:35 PM  -  1:40 PM
    How to Cultivate a Culture of Accountability
    Accountability is typically defined as “the individual taking ownership.”  But “ownership” is only one of five components of the Accountability Process. In this session, we will explore each of the five elements of the Accountability Process and guide you through an assessment, so you can identify what steps are needed to make accountability a cultural norm at your company.
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    12:35 PM  -  1:40 PM
    Lessons from DevOps: Mixing Development and Production
    Learn how to harness the power of data to move your business forward.
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    12:35 PM  -  1:40 PM
    The Sustainable Supplier
    Investors are asking your customers to show that sustainability (environmental and social) is effective in their supply chain. Walmart is now asking their suppliers to not only manage their suppliers but also the rest of their supply chain to the point of product origin. Hear from major manufacturers how these expectations are translating into requirements for their suppliers. You will also hear about the opportunities that may develop for solidifying those business relationships through credible sustainability programming and reporting and effective compliance demonstration.
     Optional 
    12:35 PM  -  1:40 PM
    Winning the War for Talent
    For the first time in American business history the number one challenge facing employers is the ability to attract, engage, develop and develop talented employees. This session will outline an innovative and process oriented way to fundamentally change the way that your organization solves this issue. Turning HR from "farmers of talent" to "hunters of talent" using time tested and proven strategies is the focus. The solution is logical, process based and can begin to be implemented tomorrow. It starts with an assessment of whether people are currently UNWILLING or UNABLE to come to work for you organization.
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    1:40 PM  -  2:10 PM
    Networking & Exhibits
    Network with your peers and visit the sponsors & exhibitor booths
    2:10 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Active Shooter Training - Protecting your Organization
    This session will focus on preventing/dealing with targeted acts of violence and active shooter situations through prevention, response and first-care approach.
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     Optional 
    2:10 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Collaborative Robots: Enhancing the capabilities of your workforce

    The most recent skills gap study from Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute projects more than half of the 4.6 million manufacturing jobs created over the next decade will go unfilled.  Unfilled manufacturing positions have real-world consequences: increased overtime, more reliance on temporary staffing services and delayed retirement for senior workers.

    Collaborative and autonomous mobile robots are an answer to this looming problem.  Learn how these resources are being deployed today; determine where these robots will have the biggest impact in your processes; and understand new purchasing options that best fit your organization’s bottom line.  

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    2:10 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Driving Value
    Businesses are typically valued with a multiplier of EBITDA, which is driven by the industries, current/past levels of profitability, and risk management. This session discusses these factors and what you can do to drive value in your organization.
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    2:10 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Optimizing Your Employee Experience
    The implications of the tight labor market on WI manufacturers are profound and are having a significant impact on many companies’ ability to grow. In this hypercompetitive environment for skilled and talented workers, all aspects of the employee lifecycle (recruiting, onboarding, retaining, training, rewarding, engaging, etc.) that make up the “Employee Experience” are being re-visited and re-vamped as employers seek to gain a competitive advantage in attracting and retaining human capital. In this workshop, we will address the key levers that drive the “Employee Experience” and take a best practices approach to: • Attracting Employees to Your Organization • Integrating Effective Onboarding Programs • Implementing Innovative Compensation and Reward Systems • Building a Comprehensive Employee Retention Program • Assessing and Monitoring Employee Engagement Session attendees will walk away with tangible techniques and best practices that can be effectively applied to their organizations.
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    2:10 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Transforming Softly for High Impact Results
    The story of a Journey to create a sustainable growth organization with focus on value creation by super charging the employees engagement.
     Optional 
    2:10 PM  -  3:15 PM
    Water Risk and Your Bottom Line
    Over the next decade 40 states are projected to experience water shortages. By 2025 financial water risk (quality, quantity, governance and natural capital) is expected to affect $145 trillion in business assets under management. Three panelists will discuss the need to know about and manage water risk and understand your water opportunities. Across the US, water costs have shown consistent increases, in many areas consistent double digit increases as infrastructure ages and water challenges grow. Join the exploration of cost management and consider how your company fits into the increasing community and customer interest in how your company manages water cost, conservation and quality.
     Optional 
    3:15 PM  -  4:15 PM
    Networking Reception & Prize Drawings
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