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Map Your Personal Workforce Agenda at the IW M&T Show

March 14, 2017
Solve your problems and seize new opportunities with the latest workforce best practices.

Built to help you solve problems and seize opportunities within six strategic business practices—nine if you count our inaugural, co-located ID&E Show targeted to engineering professionals—the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Show offers you the information you need to take your business to the next level.

But if you’re specifically looking to kick-start your workforce challenges--recruiting new talent, training to bridge the skills gap, engaging and retaining high-value employees--you have a jam-packed 2½ days of keynotes, plant tours and small group seminars to choose from.

Look for the IW Best Plants Award Ribbon for the sessions featuring the 2016 IW Best Plants Winners.

See the full IW M&T Show agenda for a broader view--or check out our other strategic business practice curricula:

Workforce Highlights

Monday, May 8 - Morning


9 am to 12 pm

  • Developing Creative and Alternative Programs for the Incumbent Workforce

In this three-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to create strategic partnerships with universities, participate in a visioning session to identify workforce needs of tomorrow and get a minicourse on how to help technical professionals hone their presentation skills. 

Plant Tour

8:30 am to 11:30 am (tour is offered again at 12:30)

  • Lincoln Electric Facility

Learn how piecework, one of the four pillars of Lincoln Electric’s successful Incentive Management, promotes commitment to quality throughout this high-volume, high-mix facility.

Monday, May 8 - Afternoon


11:30 am to 1:30 pm

Grab a boxed lunch with your new-found colleagues from a morning tour or before you go to your afternoon plant tour or workshop.


1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

  • Preparing Today’s Multigenerational Workforce for Smart Manufacturing

Learn how to get your Baby Boomer, Millennial and soon Centennial employees up to speed with SMART Manufacturing, with knowledge mapping and transfer, skill assessment, and leveraging each generation's strengths.

Plant Tour

12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Lincoln Electric Facility Tour

Learn how piecework, one of the four pillars of Lincoln Electric’s successful Incentive Management, promotes commitment to quality throughout this high-volume, high-mix facility.

Tour the Expo Hall

2 pm – 6:30 pm

Workforce Partners
Stop by to visit with organizations that IndustryWeek is proud to call our “Workforce” Expo Partners:

  • AVO Training Institute
  • Leading2Lean
  • Lean Enterprise Institute
  • Lean Six Sigma Experts – LSSE
  • TBM Consulting Group
  • Tooling U-SME​
  • Latest Technologies

Compete in the drone racing circuit, go head-to-head with industrial robots in pick-and-place contests, explore virtual manufacturing worlds, and experience the power of augmented reality while browsing the latest traditional gear and tools designed to add new productivity and quality to their operations.

  • Vendors & Suppliers

Meet with other vendors and organizations that stand ready to help you implement technology, train and engage your workforce, and help you more efficiently and effectively operate your facilities.

3 pm – 3:30 pm

  • Network with the next-generation of manufacturing professionals 

Meet—and maybe begin recruiting—the world’s best up-and-coming robotics professionals, the International Champions of the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship—the team that bested 20,000 others in the 2016 competition.

Test-drive the team’s winning robot.

Cocktail Reception

5 pm – 6:30 pm
Network with like-minded peers 

See and talk shop with old friends and meet new potential partners and peers.

Tuesday, May 9

9 am to 10 am

Lean WorkforceHow to Build a Learning Organization using Toyota KATA 2016 IW Best Plant Honoree Maclean-Fogg Metform Group set itself up for sustainable growth with a focus on continuous learning.

11:15 am to 12:15 pm


  • How to Build a Successful Apprenticeship Program

Executives from two different companies—Sherwin Williams and Stober Drives--show how they developed successful apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs.

12:30 pm to 1:45 pm
The IW Best Plants Awards Luncheon Ceremony Celebrate and honor the winners of the 2016 IW Best Plants Award winners. Hear what makes them the best of the best, including world-class metrics and leading edge strategies.

Featured Keynote: Toyota Production System

  • Insights from the Inside of the Toyota Production System—and its Continual Evolution

The President & CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America reveals the inside scoop on how Toyota continues to evolve and strengthen the TPS.

2 pm – 3 pm

Lean/Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
  • Get advice from the IW Best Plants

In this interactive session featuring audience Q&A, you drive the agenda. Three of the 2016 IW Best Plants winners will answer your questions about the strategies and best practices that helped them achieve operational excellence and business success.

Workforce Leadership

  • How to Align Goals, People & Systems for Sustainable Success

Leaders from Revlon provide you with a system that works.

Workforce Development

Coming Soon!

4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

  • Training a New Super-Plant Workforce

Learn how Great Lakes Cheese got new employees up to speed quickly at their new packaging and distribution facility. The key: identifying best practices and documenting them in Standard Operating Procedures. 

Tuesday, May 9 – Evening

Special Networking Night Out
6:30 pm to ??

Kick back and talk over what you’ve learned the first day (or not!) at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.  Enjoy great food, music and private browsing of the Rock Hall's iconic collection.

Wednesday, May 10

7:30 am – 8:30 am Lean/Continuous Improvement Fundamentals
  • How to Effectively Engage Employee

Gather the employee engagement techniques that helped propel the Intertape Polymer Group to their 2016 IW Best Plants Award. Features how the company develops teams, assesses performance, sets goals and creates a culture of continuous improvement through employee engagement at all levels of the organization.

Workforce Leadership

  • The Secret to Operational Excellence Success

You might think it’s all about innovative management practices, but Lean Leader Billy Taylor, Goodyear’s Director of Manufacturing, will demonstrate how to achieve operational excellence through process discipline and alignment from the C-Suite to the manufacturing floor.


  • How Honda North America is Bridging the Skills Gap

Experts in talent acquisition for Honda North America will share how they overcame the challenges of recruiting and training equipment service tech/industrial maintenance technicians with in-house training, partnerships with schools and other community involvement.

8:45 am – 10 am

Billy Ray Taylor, Director of Manufacturing, Goodyear Tire

Featured Keynote: Lean Leadership

  • Define, Align & Execute to Achieve and Sustain Operational Excellence

Back by Popular Demand with a new, high-energy keynote, Goodyear’s Lean Leader Billy Taylor, reveals how the Goodyear Business Operating System converts strategy into winning.

11:30 am – 12:30 pm


  • Mastering the Millennial Workforce

Gather tips for recruiting, retaining and engaging Millennials in manufacturing, from the front office to the shop floor, from the president of Willington Nameplate.

Lean Leadership

  • Lean for Leaders

CEO Jim Lancaster shares how to achieve stability, improvement and growth with daily lean leadership best practices.

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