2018 Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit


An event not to be missed! The 2018 Manufacturing Summit will focus on Workforce, Operational Excellence, Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Market Growth Trends and Innovations. Hear from inspiring and thought-provoking speakers, network with leaders across a wide array of sectors, enjoy interactive exhibits and demonstrations of cutting-edge technologies and celebrate our community of manufacturers, all while cultivating new relationships.


Brian Beaulieu, CEO & Principal, ITR Economics

A Bend in the Road

ITR Economics will present the current business cycle status of the US and global economy and where the economy is heading. Reliable leading indicators will be our guide to understanding what to expect over the 12 months following our meeting in October 2018. We will look at the upside opportunities and what risks are ahead for the economy and the potential impact on presentation attendees. Global issues have been tossing prices upward and the trend(s) may not be sustainable as the global economy shifts to the downside of the business cycle. We think it is important to understand the difference between a potential slump in activity (2019) versus the extended upside potential looking further into the future. There will be challenges; chief among them is the ongoing labor shortage. Labor is a double-edged sword and we will talk about Management Objectives™ pertaining to effectively managing labor costs and other pressures stemming from business cycle changes.

Key take-aways:

  • What are the leading indicators telling us
  • Understanding the context of short-term changes versus long-term trends
  • Managing more confidently in the future
Valerie Gervais


Valerie Gervais, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Saint-Gobain Corporation

The Personalization Revolution and the Future Workforce: How learning from manufacturing’s past can help protect its future

Manufacturing is at an inflexion point in history, facing a massive transformation. But if we want to understand where we are going, we must first understand where we’ve been. Valerie Gervais, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Saint-Gobain North America, will discuss how manufacturers can rethink who and how they hire to bridge the skills gap and shift the perception of careers in manufacturing for the next generation.


780 Falcon Cir #200
Warminster, PA 18974

This year’s event will be hosted at “the most unique venue in the universe.” The Fuge is where, in 1959, the Mercury Seven astronauts began their centrifuge training.

From the mid-1940’s through 1996, the US Navy operated 31 development laboratories in Warminster, Pennsylvania. These labs worked on military applications of technologies that we all take for granted today; including flight data recorder or “black box” technology, GPS and photosensitive lenses, which generated over 50 patents annually. Among the labs at the Johnsville Naval Air Development Center (NADC) was the Aviation Medical Acceleration Laboratory (AMAL), the centerpiece of which was the largest and most powerful human centrifuge that the world has ever seen. When it began operations in 1949, the Johnsville Centrifuge was an engineering marvel of its day. The centrifuge was built to test the limits of the human body relative to the high acceleration generated by the post-WWII fighter jets. The engineers and scientists knew that the rockets used to propel spacecraft into orbit and beyond would subject America’s pioneering astronauts to high G’s. Knowing that, there was no better place to train America’s first astronauts than Johnsville. Throughout the 60’s the space program progressed as the United States came ever closer to the goal of “landing a man on the moon and retuning him safely to the Earth.” Eventually, all of America’s early astronauts, including Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and John Glenn received centrifuge training at Johnsville. As the Apollo program was winding down, the Johnsville Centrifuge continued to train Space Shuttle astronauts and F-14 pilots into the 1980’s.

October 12, 2018
7:30am – 3:30pm
$125.00 per person

The Fuge
780 Falcon Cir #200
Warminster, PA 18974


Citizens Bank
Apex IT Group
Rockwell Automation
Kreischer Miller
EZ Soft, Inc.
PNC Bank
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