Industrial Control to Host Inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Expo

Inaugural Advanced Manufacturing Expo blends Automation with Resources to Grow Manufacturing - From MLive

There are many useful resources available to business owners and managers. Unfortunately, many people do not know these resources exist, or have no idea how to access them. The Advanced Manufacturing Expo hosted by Industrial Control hopes to change this on August 13, 2015.

"West Michigan is full of talent and most people don't realize that, said Mark Ermatinger, Vice President of Industrial Control. "We want to give these companies exposure and connect them to the community."

This is the inaugural year for the expo and attendees can expect a wealth of resources in one location. The Advanced Manufacturing Expo will feature information important to business owners, plant managers, operation managers, quality control, process and product managers, engineers, continual improvement staff, and maintenance managers.

The Advanced Manufacturing Expo hopes to connect local businesses and provide a networking opportunity so companies can utilize one another for maximum efficiency. Beginning at 10 a.m., industry leaders will speak about varies topics, including a session from Cindy Brown, Director for Hello West Michigan, an organization that helps companies increase their rate of success in recruiting top talent.

Employees are the foundation of any business. If your employees are productive and satisfied on the job it helps your business stay profitable. You need employees with the right attitude; however, proper training is imperative to success.

Training employees can be costly, resulting in speedy and inefficient instruction. What most managers don't know is that the state of Michigan wants to help companies have the appropriate resources to attain their productivity goals. The Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) is a program that manufacturers take advantage of to provide training to their workers. Based on the program's performance, Governor Rick Snyder has proposed a $10 million increase to the STTF budget for fiscal year 2016. More than 90 companies received funding from the grant this year, up from the 75 companies that utilized the grand in the previous year.

Companies that adopt new automation and technology will have an increase in productivity. The Advanced Manufacturing Expo features vendors and companies that specialize in production improvement and quality sustainability. Business owners and managers will also learn how to reduce costs, limit the scope of recalls and collect data from the factory floor.

The Michigan Workforce Development Agency (WDA), Michigan Works! and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) along with local economic development organizations and community colleges manage this program to ensure maximum success for the forward-thinking businesses who apply for the grant.

Companies that adopt new automation and technology will have an increase in productivity. The Advanced Manufacturing Expo features vendors and companies that specialize in production improvement and quality sustainability. Business owners and managers will also learn how to reduce costs, limit the scope of recalls and collect data from the factory floor.

Whether you are looking to outsource aspects of your company, hire talented employees, or simply discover the tools your company needs to be successful, the Advanced Manufacturing Expo can help you. Get ahead in your industry. Become resourceful Thursday, August 13 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the The Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville, Mich. for the Advanced Manufacturing Expo.