2014 Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit

October 17, 2014

Over 400 people gathered on October 1st at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum for the Manufacturing Summit, hosted by DVIRC, Jobs1stPA and the Southeast PREP partnership.

Attendees enjoyed special keynote presentations, 30 Manufacturing exhibits and demonstrations including FARO, Greene Tweed, Agusta, Onexia and the Rodon Group along with 10 breakout sessions. Attendees were treated to one of the best-kept secrets in the region. The Simeone Museum is one of the largest and most impressive private collections of racecars in the world!

The energetic, supportive, and enthusiastic crowd was surrounded by engineering advancements and innovations in the automotive industry, as they networked with each other and listened to presentations from leaders within the manufacturing industries of the region. Keynote speaker, Adam Steltzner- Lead Landing Engineer of NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity Rover Project kicked off the event by discussing how important teamwork is, and challenged the audience “where will your curiosity take you? What might you do with your teams, your business?” Paul Marvel- Northeast Manufacturing & Distribution Group Leader from McGladrey, followed by discussing how thriving manufacturers succeed based on their 2014 Manufacturing & Distribution Monitor Report. Additional speakers included Joe Smith-Chief Development Officer from K’Nex, Dr. Clyde Hornberger- Educational Consultant, and Phillip Rinaldi-CEO of Philadelphia Energy Solutions.

ExhibitorCrowdBreakout session panelists included manufacturing executives with a focus on strategies for growth, strategies for continuous improvement, and innovation in workforce development. David King- Chief Engineer at Agusta provided a special presentation during the reception entitled: Agusta, Growing Manufacturing in Philadelphia.

Students from the neighboring high schools were able to visit the event, experiencing the manufacturing industry and the potential job opportunities that it has to offer, firsthand. They were able to speak with the representatives from each exhibit, which is crucial for young people to gain awareness about this growing, innovative and exciting industry.

SpeakerCrowdSponsors of the event included McGladery, Goldman Sachs 10,000 small businesses, Region’s Business, Smart CEO, and Ametek. With over 5,000 manufacturers in the region it is important to connect companies to create a stronger community of manufacturers. “The summit is an integral part of growing this sector and becoming more competitive nationally, and globally,” said Mark Basla, vice president of DVIRC. “By creating networks between manufacturers, academia, and economic development leaders you foster valuable relationships that may not have existed otherwise,” he added.

Thank you to all of the attendees, participants, and sponsors for making the 2014 Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit hugely successful. We look forward to your involvement next year.