Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Publication Date: 08/1/2010
Archive >  August 2010 Issue >  Hi-Tech Events > 

Sustainable Mfg. Practices at FABTECH
Dearborn, MI — In today's competitive global marketplace and unpredictable economy, manufacturers must seek ways to survive and thrive. Two keynote presentations at FABTECH 2010 Nov. 2-4 at Atlanta's Georgia World congress Center — one on diversification and another on sustainable manufacturing practices — will provide knowledge manufacturers can use to enhance their businesses.

A keynote session on Nov. 2 titled, "Diversify Your Business or Die," focuses on the importance of diversification in today's manufacturing environment, and will be moderated by Paul Veryser, strategic leader at Novitas Advisors.

A panel of experts including Roy Verstraete, president and CEO of Anchor Danly, Sam Strausbaugh, managing partner of Defiance Metal Products, and Brent Schwartz, vice president of engineering for MetoKote Corporation, will discuss what diversification practices work and which don't, plus the risks and rewards of various diversification options.

"In today's manufacturing environment, relying on one customer, one market or one process can spell certain death, but understanding the choices and deciding how and when to diversify can be complex," said Randy Kish, exhibition marketing manager with the Precision Metalforming Association, a show sponsor. "This session will provide first-hand perspectives and insights to jumpstart and grow your business."

The "Make Green by Going Green" discussion on Nov. 3 led by Kristin Pierre, green supplier network manager with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will review how manufacturers can gain a competitive advantage through sustainable practices.

Panelists Mary Ellen Mika, energy & environment manager for Steelcase, Inc., Jon DeWys, owner of DeWys Manufacturing, and John Spangler, technical steward, Caterpillar, will provide insight on how implementing a practical lean and green approach to consuming water, gas, utilities and raw materials can benefit both the environment and the bottom line.

Cosponsored by the American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Int'l (FMA), Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), and Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), FABTECH is the largest tradeshow in North America dedicated to showcasing a full spectrum of metal forming, fabricating, stamping, tube and pipe, finishing and welding equipment and technology.

Contact: Society of Manufacturing Engineers, One SME Drive, Dearborn, MI 48121 800-733-4763 or 313-271-1500 fax: 313-271-2861 Web:

search login