Crain’s Manufacturing Summit

The Ritz Carlton 160 E. Pearson St., Chicago
21 May 2013 7:30 am

Ten leading manufacturing executives, including the president of Harley-Davidson Motor Co. and the top manufacturing executive from Chrysler Group LLC, will be featured at Crain’s first-ever Manufacturing Summit May 21.

The Summit will provide a full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, roundtables and networking focused on “Building a 21 Century Manufacturing Economy.” Topics will include:

-Midwest competitiveness
-Globalization and reshoring
-Workforce development

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The daylong event will take place at the Ritz Carlton Chicago. Advance tickets cost from $249 to $325 for manufacturers depending on company size.

Morning Panel: Midwest Competitiveness
American manufacturing is coming back, but will Illinois and the rest of Midwest share in the rebound? States in other regions are typically viewed as friendlier toward business, with cheaper wage rates and anti-union laws. However, Illinois has a strong labor pool, superb transportation networks and an infrastructure ready for the digital age. An examination of what Midwest business and government leaders can do to join in the factory sector’s expansion.

Afternoon Panel: The Global Marketplace
Few manufacturers can operate today as purely domestic companies. Even if they don’t see a bigger world out there, competitors in China and other developing countries see a bigger world here. There’s still a powerful lure to outsource work to China and other low-wage nations, but wage rates in China are climbing fast, and U.S. energy supplies are becoming plentiful and cheap, which means companies might be able to onshore production. CEOs will share their first-hand perspectives.

Roundtable Discussion on Workforce Development
Attendees engage in discussion around this critical topic and share take away with entire group.