The Corridor Manufacturing Conference invites industry leaders to network, learn about best practices in the region, and build a stronger pipeline to engage the next generation.

Please check back in June for 2021 program and ticket information.

2020 Program:

Morning Keynote:

The State of Manufacturing
Ernie Goss of Creighton University

Dr. Goss is the director of the Institute for Economic Inquiry and a professor of economics at Creighton University Heider College of Business where he holds the Jack A. MacAllister Chair in Regional Economics. He will share his insights into the state of the manufacturing sector of the economy in Iowa and the Midwest as we look to the final quarter of 2020 and the new year.

Luncheon Keynote:
Manufacturing 4.0
Debi Durham of Iowa Economic Development Authority

Ms. Durham is a longtime economic and community development professional who serves as Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Finance Authority. She will discuss the state’s recent economic development incentives, upcoming manufacturer survey, and the “manufacturing revolution.”

Additional speakers include:
Lessons Learned from 33 Years in Manufacturing
Rue Patel, (retired) General Mills

Mr. Patel began his General Mills career in 1991. Through a series of roles across the North America Supply Chain, he went on to lead the company’s largest manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids, IA. Rue subscribes to the philosophy in which every interaction is a learning opportunity. He led the development of a highly acclaimed Boot Camp for first level leaders and enjoys being an active facilitator and developer of talent.

Skill Shapes that Define Iowa’s Manufacturing Sector
Joshua Wright of Emsi

Do you have a handle on the hard skills you need to fill your manufacturing roles? Mr. Wright will cover how the skill shapes (and skill gaps) that define manufacturing are evolving rapidly — pre-COVID and especially post-COVID.

Coralville Operations COVID Approach & Lessons Learned
Charles Hughes Jr. of Collins Aerospace

Mr. Hughes is director of Coralville Operations for Mission Systems at Collins Aerospace. The facility holds 800 dedicated employees who manufacture and distribute world-class aerospace electronics to both military and commercial customers all over the world. Mr. Hughes will discuss the facility’s approach to COVID-19, the approach of leadership, and lessons learned along the way.

Shifting Operations Panel Discussion
Moderator: Mike Ralston of Iowa Association of Business and Industry
Panelists: Matt Banowetz of Marion Process Solutions, Mike McVey of CIVCO Medical Solutions, Patrick Patterson of World Class Industries

Mike Ralston, president of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, will moderate a panel discussion on shifting operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Local manufacturing leaders will discuss how their plants quickly pivoted to produce PPE while keeping their facility clean and staff safe.

Interested in being more involved with the event as a sponsor? Contact Rhonda Roskos for more information.

The Hotel at Kirkwood
7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

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Individual Fee: Tickets are not yet available
Table Seating: Tables are not yet available
Registration End: 9/23/2021
Contact: Ashley Moore
Phone: (319) 665-6397, ext. 311

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2020 Conference Program