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.

Attendees will meet for a morning keynote before dispersing for three rounds of breakouts divided into three tracks:
1. Workforce Track
2. Technology Track
3. Operations Track

Following the breakouts, attendees will gather again for a luncheon keynote and cocktail reception. Please check back in the summer for 2020 event speakers and topics.

2019 Program:

Morning Keynote:

When Disaster Strikes! The Vermeer Tornado Lessons Learned & Coming Back Stronger
Steve Flann of Vermeer Corporation

Learn from one of Iowa’s largest manufacturers who experienced a devastating EF-3 tornado. Through discussion, videos and pictures, you will get a better understanding of how Vermeer’s robust planning efforts helped protect the lives of its team and visitors, and how the facility was able to get back up and running in a few short days. Mr. Flann will also emphasize how they are leveraging this opportunity for the future.

Breakout sessions include:

  • Value Stream Mapping and its Benefits
  • Hiring and Retaining to the Future World of Work
  • Let Cobots Tackle your Toughest Workforce Challenges
  • Iowa’s Workforce – What it looks like now and what’s next
  • And much more


Luncheon Keynote:
A CEO’s Perspective on Manufacturing
Stan Askren of HNI Corporation [Retired]

Mr. Askren served as CEO of HNI Corporation for 15 years and held various other senior executive roles at the company for 26 years. He will share the benefit of his experience addressing workforce shortages, and discuss other challenges and opportunities he sees in the industry.

Unable to join us last year? Click here for photos of the 2019 event.

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

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Individual Fee: $70 through Labor Day, $95 after
Table Seating: $700 through Labor Day, $950 after
Registration End: 9/25/2020
Contact: Ashley Moore
Phone: (319) 665-6397, ext. 311