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INDUSTRY FOCUS SERIES: MANUFACTURING SECTOR TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION, GROWTH & GLOBALIZATION
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Foundations for a Strong Manufacturing Future


About Our Sponsors
Mazak Corporation is a leader in the design and manufacture of productive machine tool solutions. Committed to being a partner to customers with innovative technology, its world-class facility in Florence, Kentucky, produces over 100 models of turning centers, Multi-Tasking machines and vertical machining centers, including 5-axis models. Continuously investing in manufacturing technology allows the Kentucky Mazak iSMART Factory™ to be the most advanced and efficient in the industry, providing high-quality and reliable products through its “Production-On-Demand” practice. Mazak maintains eight Technology Centers across North America to provide local hands-on applications, service and sales support to customers
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Wipfli  ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 2,400 associates, 48 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 100,000 clients including: Manufacturing and distribution, contractors and developers, real estate, health care organizations, financial institutions, financial services, nonprofits, private equity, agribusiness, tribal gaming, technology, units of government, dealerships and individuals.

The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), founded in 1902, specializes in providing targeted business assistance, extensive global support, and business intelligence systems and analysis. AMT is the voice that communicates the importance of policies and programs that encourage research and innovation, and the development of educational initiatives to create tomorrow's Smartforce. AMT owns and manages IMTS - The International Manufacturing Technology Show, which is the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. 

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide, not-for-profit education organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally-recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world. The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business. The Alliance offers educational opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries.


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October 18, 2022

7:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Mazak Corporation
Main Presentation Room
300 East Commerce Drive
Schaumburg, IL 60173
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Harnessing the effectiveness of technology for productivity, growth and the supply chain will be critical as manufacturers reshape their organizations’ strategies and aim to become more resilient. 

Resilient manufacturers are more than the newest technologies, they have closed the management gap and are strategic on creating highly skilled, high performing cultures, along with smart supply chains. Through proactive planning and positioning, as well as extensive instruction and other strategic implementation, a resilient organization can make better decisions. 

Please join Global Midwest Alliance and sponsors, the Association for Manufacturing Technology, Mazak Corporation and Wipfli, as experts in talent management, technology, finance, and strategy development will share their expertise through a panel-led discussion on different problems and solutions. This discussion will consider a holistic view of sustaining and growing the business. The second half of our session will be open to the audience to discuss scenarios or issues specific to your company's environment.

Seats are limited. Please REGISTER on or before October 14, 2022.


PROGRAM AGENDA


Registration, Breakfast and Qualified Introductions 

Welcome Remarks & Introductions  
Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme

Keynote Presentation  
Moderator:  Christopher Blaylock, CPA, Partner, Wipfli
Speaker:  Christopher Chidzik, Principal Economist, The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Moderator-Led Panel Discussion
Moderator: Kevin Bates, General Manager, Mazak Corporation
Panelists:
Jess Giudici, Senior Human Resources Manager of Talent Management, Duravant
Rich Hoster, President, Smith and Richardson, Inc.
Stephen LeMarca, Technology Analyst, The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Mark Stevens, Principal-Manufacturing and Distribution, Wipfli

Coffee and Networking Break

Audience-Led Panel Discussion
Moderator:  Kevin Bates, General Manager, Mazak Corporation
Panelists:
Jess Giudici, Senior Human Resources Manager of Talent Management, Duravant
Rich Hoster, President, Smith and Richardson, Inc.
Stephen LeMarca, Technology Analyst, The Association for Manufacturing Technology
Mark Stevens, Principal-Manufacturing and Distribution, Wipfli

Wrap Up and Q&A  
Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme

Walking Tour of Mazak Corporation