Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit

December 18, 2014

See Photos from the Summit Below!

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 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 in the region, as well as special presentations. 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.

Breakout 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.

Sponsors 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.

Breakout Sessions:


Strategies for Growth

Sales Strategies:

Developing New & existing Markets, New Products & Customer Segments


James (JM) Hasson, President, HPT Pharma


Pete Edmonds, Vice President Sales Americas, FARO Technologies

Kip Anthony, President, EFE Labs

Maureen O’Connor, CEO Lem Products


Innovation – Creating New Value – Products, Processes, Markets


Peter Bressler, founder Bressler Group, Adjunct Professor, University of Pennsylvania


Dan Coppens, CEO, Anholt Technologies (Qfix)

Jim Williams, Vice President, Aerospace & Defense, 3D Systems

Matthew French, Vice President, General Manager, AMETEK, Precision Motion Control


Profit Growth Strategies


James Caruso, CPA, Partner, Fesnak


Jules DeKovics, Regional Manager, Drexel Metals

Kevin Danielsen, General Manager, MK Precision

Thomas S. Rimel, Jr., Executive Vice President, Dunmore Corporation


Positioning your Business for New Markets


Karl Kraus, Material Growth Partners, Temple SBDC

Darlene Atta, The Entrepreneurship Institute, Temple SBDC



Strategies for Continuous Improvement

Process Improvement – raising the bar on performance


Matthew Diehl, Lean Manager, DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson


Alix James, President, CEO Nielson Kellerman

Bob Rosania, President, CEO, Ehmke

James Mikulski, Global Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Greene, Tweed & Co.


Supply Chain Optimization – speed to customer


Jeff Kopenitz, Director, Advanced Manufacturing, DVIRC, AME Board Member


Gary Aicher, Genedge Senior Advisor

Anthony Loignon, Regional Supply Chain Manager, Cocoa North America, Barry Callebaut U.S.A.


Southeastern Pennsylvania resources for manufacturers


M. Therese Flaherty, PhD, Director, SBDC, Wharton Entrepreneurship


Linda Mysliwy Conlin, President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia

Gary Smith, President & CEO, Chester County Economic Development Council

Glenn McAllister, Director, Widener University, Small Business Development Center

Mark Trabbold, Director of Business Development, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, SE PA

Anthony Girifalco, ExecutiveVice President, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center



Innovation in Workforce Development

Innovations in Workforce Development: Developing a Pipeline of Talent


Dan Bates, Executive Director, Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce


Jim Clark, Manager of Training, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard

Bud Tyler, Vice President, EF Precision

Innovations in Workforce Development: Partnerships for Skill Development


Brent Ford, HR Manager, PTR Baler & Compactor


Ken Krauss, President, U.S. Axle, Inc.

Oliver Szeto, President, LED LIVING TECH
Victoria Myers, Director, Administration, Piasecki Aircraft Corporation




John Norton, former Director of Training, Sikorsky Global Helicopter


Ron Leonard, Multi-State Director for the Office of Apprenticeships,

U.S. Department of Labor

Dan Fogarty, Berks County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) Director

Joseph R. Smee, Plant Manager, Columbia Lighting