MFG411

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The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), in partnership with local leaders of business and industry across the state and the extensive expertise of our member base, are bringing you the latest information, news and updates on issues affecting manufacturing in Kentucky. These eight events, each unique and localized, offer insights into innovative regional solutions.

KAM will be hosting virtual mini-conferences focused around eight KCTCS campuses in 2021 in a community near you. These “mini-cons” are packed with useful information and will have low time and zero cost impacts to your budgets. Topics of discussion may include current issues and trends in manufacturing, outcomes of the 2021 Kentucky Legislative Session, actual and potential impacts of the 2020 presidential election and 2021 congressional issues, the supply shortage in available workforce, trends in healthcare, well-being and employee benefits, cyber-security, and import/export opportunities.

This is not a member exclusive event. It’s for all manufacturers and people interested in manufacturing. Bring your team and join KAM to get the “411” on Manufacturing!

Agenda (may vary by region; all times local)

9:00 (CT) – Welcome: MFG411 South Central Area hosted by Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, KAM
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, KAM

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Shawn McKewan, DiCentral

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:
– Paul Banks, Logan Aluminum

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– Sandra Baker, Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce
– James Moore, South Central Workforce Development Board

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

KCTCS Tour: Southcentral KY Technical & Community College
– Lee Lingo, KAM
– Dr. Kim Meyers, Southcentral KY Technical & Community College

11:40 (CT) – Q&A and Wrap Up

9:00 (CT) – Welcome: MFG411 Green River Region hosted by Henderson Community College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Shawn McEwan, DiCentral

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:
– Greg Risch, Gibbs
– Eric Gardner, Pittsburg Tank & Tower
– Kim Humphrey, River View Coal

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– Missy Vanderpool, Henderson Economic Development
– Michelle Drake, Green River Area Development District
– Ellen Redding, Henderson Chamber of Commerce
– State Senator Matt Castlen, Kentucky Senate State Senate – District 8

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, KAM
Henderson Community and Technical College

11:40 (CT) – Q&A and Wrap Up

9:00 – Welcome: MFG411 EKCP Area hosted by Hazard Community & Technical College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:

  • Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
  • Melissa Aguilar-Southard, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS:

  • KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

SPEAKERS:

11:40 – Q&A and Wrap Up

9:00 – Welcome: MFG411 West Kentucky Area hosted by Hopkinsville Community College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Fazleena Badurdeen, Ph.D., Institute for Sustainable Manufacturing, University of Kentucky

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:
– Tonya Fleming, TRAD North America
– Julie Davis, AMFINE
– Steve Allen, Kentucky Machine and Engineering
– RB Miller, Pregis

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– Sheila Clark, West KY Workforce Board
– Tom Sholar, West KY Workforce Board
– Steve Ybarzabal, Paducah Innovation Hub
– Carter Hendricks, South West KY EDC
– House Majority Floor Leader Steve Rudy, KY House of Representatives – District 1

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, KAM
– Dr. Alissa Young, Hopkinsville Community College

11:40 – Q&A and Wrap Up

9:00 – Welcome: MFG411 TENCO Area hosted by Maysville Community & Technical College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, KAM
– Lee Lingo, KAM

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Jay Bauer, Euler Hermes

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:

– Stephanie Gastauer, Stober
– Hope Reeves, Berry Global

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– Owen McNeil, Mason County Judge Executive
– Tim Gibbs, Ashland Alliance

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

KCTCS Tour: Maysville Technical and Community College

11:40 – Q&A and Wrap Up

9:00 – Welcome: MFG411 Northern Kentucky Area hosted by Gateway Community & Technical College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, KAM
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, KAM

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Shawn McEwen, DiCentral 

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:
– Don Prysi, Indy Honeycomb
– Ruth Moore, Aristech Surfaces

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– Chairman Chris McDaniel, Kentucky State Senator, District 23
– Tara Johnson-Noem, Northern KY Area Development District
– Julie Whitis, Ignite Institute

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

KCTCS Tour: Gateway Community & Technical College

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, KAM
– Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway Community & Technical College

11:40 – Q&A and Wrap Up

HOSTED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH AML’S COLLECTIVE CONVERSATIONS AND KENTUCKIANA WORKS

9:00 – Welcome: MFG411 Kentuckiana Works Area hosted by Jefferson Community & Technical College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Jay Bauer, Euler Hermes

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:
– Greg Newbern, Brown-Forman
– Kat Poole, Zeochem LLC
– Nick Hammond, Dakkota Integrated Systems

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– Shatreece Johnson, KentuckianaWorks
– Tanelle Smith, Greater Louisville Inc.

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, KAM
– Dr. Telly Sellars, Jefferson Community and Technical College

11:40 – Q&A and Wrap Up

9:00 – Welcome: MFG411 EKCEP Area hosted by Big Sandy Community & Technical College

The Workforce Quandary – We’ve Never Prepared for This Scenario
Evolve, take risks, relearn, and adapt – four words manufacturers must take to heart in 2021. Learn and listen to some of the data that is behind the daily workforce conversations and the issues that exist. It will be presented in a way that will turn on light bulbs and energize you to think differently.

SPEAKERS:
– Lee Lingo, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers
– Melissa Aguilar-Southard, Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Bottlenecks and Backlogs? It’s Diverse and Complex!
Companies that diversify their operations and processes become more complex. Listen and learn about solutions in place to assist manufacturers in dealing with the complexities of offshoring, reshoring and/or working with other territories. Additionally, learn about ways to connect to the local ecosystem and become more aware of partnerships within your home territory.

SPEAKERS:
– Shawn McEwan, DiCentral

Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down or In-Betweens – Let’s Talk Legislation
Lawmakers have pushed for the newly formed “Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy Board” to advise the President in a long-term national strategy meant to support U.S. supply chains and makers. Federally and statewide, multiple new laws have passed that could affect your business. What did they get right? What did they get wrong? How will our legislators’ actions affect you? Let’s talk!

SPEAKERS: KAM Government Affairs Team

What’s Happening in Your Backyard?
Listen to and learn from local manufacturers supplying economic means for your local communities. They will have a frank conversation about their real problems and make suggestions about ways to grow, change and enhance the economy in the area you live.

SPEAKERS:
– Randy Risner, Logan Corp.

Local Solutions Providing Local Successes
We usually hear the bad stuff. However, in this case, we want you to hear about the great stuff that is going on in your very own communities to address the challenges our industry faces. Learn about the best practices that help retain and grow your local employers.

SPEAKERS:
– State Representative Adam Bowling, Kentucky House District 87
– Chuck Sexton, One East KY

Tour of Your Local Workforce Education Campus
KCTCS is a loyal sponsor of KAM and its campuses have the ability to provide a host of resources to help you grow – whether you are a potential employee, an employee, or an employer. Virtually walk through your local facility to get a hands-on feel for the available technical education opportunities.

11:40 – Q&A and Wrap Up

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR MFG411 SPONSORS