Tuesday, October 29
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Industry & Educators Working Together to Bridge the Skill Gap
Moderator: Dr. Gary Green, Forsyth TCC
Susan Pretulak, readySC
Pam Howze, Siemens
Jeff Hunt, Spartanburg Tech
Panelists discuss the importance of building and maintaining a strong network among Industry, Educators, Government, and Community Colleges to address the critical need to up-skill current and future workers in the manufacturing industry, preparing them for high-tech manufacturing jobs. The experts will also identify potential barriers and best practices for integrating a professional certification program to shape a leading-edge curriculum that responds to employers’ needs.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Today's Supply Chain = Collaboration, Strategy, Value
Top companies synchronize supply and value chains, creating more dynamic overall performance
Moderators: Bill Donohue (GENEDGE Alliance); Chuck Spangler (SC-MEP)
Guillaume Giroudon, Value Chain Optimization, Volvo GTOA
Bryan Dods, GE Power and Water
Barry Bell, Mahle
Come learn what the top companies including Volvo Group Trucks Operations Americas and GE Power and Water are doing today to optimize global supply chain performance. Hear how these companies are making great progress to synchronize their value chains with their Tier 1 and lower suppliers. Learn how these industry leaders are setting supply chain strategy, addressing demand volatility, reducing risk, and making better decisions that reduce lead time and speed to market rather than just piece price decisions. Discuss how they identify system constraints and address them methodically, in a collaborative manner with their suppliers to improve overall performance.
New Business Session
Wednesday, October 30
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Manufacturing Readiness Level Assessments by the Department of Defense (DoD)
Paddy Fleming, Defense Manufacturing Specialist
A brief overview of the qualifications that the DoD looks for in companies before they award contracts. Also covered is how SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) can help fund product development work within your company.