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Webinar: The State of U.S. Manufacturing 2017

An October 24 IndustryWeek-hosted webinar, sponsored by Epicor

Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT (GMT -4, New York)
Duration: 1 Hour
Event Type: Live Webinar
Cost: Free

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Change has become the one thing that manufacturers in the U.S. can count on as a constant. In fact, the pace of change is accelerating as manufacturing digitizes and automates, global competition sharpens, and the workforce undergoes a major generational shift from baby boomers to millennials.

Join us for this special "Manufacturing Month" webinar as we present a panel of experts who will help to make sense of these changes and offer practical advice for helping your manufacturing facility to seize on the opportunities these changes bring rather than be overwhelmed by them.

We'll look at the technology shifts underway with the Internet of Things and increasingly sophisticated automation such as 3D printers and advanced robotics. We explore efforts to prepare a new generation for manufacturing jobs that put a premium on skills preparation. And we'll see how a leading manufacturer is coping with these challenges.

Our panel includes:

  • Steve Eddy, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory Leader, PwC, who will discuss the risks and opportunities in pursuing the Industrial Internet of Things. He will offer insights on where companies are making the investments, the business models they are using, and offer tips on next steps for manufacturers. 
  • Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, Manufacturing Institute, who will discuss workforce issues facing the industry, the skills gap and ways in which they can be addressed.
  • Kim Humphreys, Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials, who will discuss women in manufacturing, how Avery Dennison attracts and retains young talent and the steps they are taking to make a more sustainable manufacturing facility.

We hope you can be part of this special webinar on October 24 for an hour you won't want to miss!




Steve Eddy, Global Industrial Manufacturing Advisory Leader, PwC

Carolyn Lee, Executive Director, Manufacturing Institute


Kim Humphreys, Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Avery Dennison Label and Graphic Materials

Kim Humphreys is responsible for managing operations for Avery Dennison's Label and Graphic Materials in North America. In this role, she leads the delivery or manufacturing operations results, operations strategic planning and the continuous improvement of safety, quality, service and cost.

Humphreys joined Avery Dennison in 2002 and has since held leadership positions in supply chain planning, Enterprise Lean Sigma and operations management. Prior to Avery Dennison, she held roles in operations with Procter and Gamble’s paper products division.

Humphreys received her engineering degree from Princeton University. She is based in Mentor, Ohio.


Technical details

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