MFGCON The NC Manufacturing Conference. Powered by NCMEP and Business North Carolina

Conference Presentations

Day 1

Monday, May 13

Day 2

Tuesday, May 14

Day 1

2-2:50 p.m.

Opening Keynote:
Global Business Strategy and Local Manufacturing Implementation: John McGirr – SVP and GM, Optical Fiber and Cable, Corning Incorporated

3-4 p.m.

Room A: Partnering for a Successful Apprenticeship Program

Jay Simmons – Apprenticeship Program Manager, Machine Specialties

Sponsored by:

Catapult Logo

Room B: Journey to Manufacturing Excellence

Ryan Biddix – Continuous Improvement Manager, Teijin Automotive Systems – Lenoir

Tracy Gray – Plant Manager, Teijin Automotive Systems – Lenoir

Sponsored by:

ServPro Logo

Room C: Food Safety & Security and Cybersecurity for Manufacturing Firms

Eric Hobbs – President, Technology Associates

Michael Druga – President and CEO, SinnovaTek and FirstWave Innovations

Tyler Brown – VP of Manufacturing, SinnovaTek and FirstWave Innovations

Sponsored by:

Forvis Logo

Day 2

8:15 a.m.

General Session – 2 mini sessions to be presented
Topic 1: Supplier Matching: KeAnne Hoeg – Director of Data Management Systems, Supplier Matching and Reporting, NC State Industry Expansion Solutions
Topic 2: Streamlining Success: How Software Modernization Elevates Manufacturing Efficiency and Scalability: Michael Georgiou – Co-Founder and Eric Lawrence – Director of Growth and Partnerships, Imaginovation

9:30-10:30 a.m.

Room A: An Innovative Model for Addressing Skilled Labor Shortage

Bill McBrayer – Human Resources, Safety, Health and Environmental Manager, Lexington Home Brands

Sponsored by:

Catapult Logo

Room B: GE Aerospace’s Key to Manufacturing Success – Exceeding Customer Expectations Through Learning and Consensus

Ed Zimmerman – Leap Manufacturing Program Leader, GE Aerospace

Sponsored by:

Maxbyte Logo

Room C: Using Training Within Industry (TWI) as a Foundation for Standardized Work

Dan Grimsley – Corporate Learning and Development Manager, Chatsworth Products, Inc.

11 a.m.

Room A: Sustainability and the Circular Economy Panel

Roland Butzke – Enterprise Account Executive, Sustainable Energy Management, Siemens Industry, Inc.

Matthew Flowers – Corporate Purchasing Manager, Unifi

Kevin Martin – Executive Director, Carolina Utility Customers Association (Moderator)

Sponsored by:

Priority Software Logo

Room B: Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

Steven Airoldi – East Region General Manager, Vision 33 and Manufacturing Client TBD

Sponsored by:

Bank of America Logo

Room C: Utilizing Kata for Improvement

Brandon Bunn – Kaizen Promotion Officer, NC Correction Enterprises

12:30 p.m.

Keynote with Q&A:
How Automation Can Help Solve the Labor Shortage: Lynn Crump
– President, Cross Company