2014 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing: Agenda

Oklahomans are invited to our state’s largest gathering of manufacturing leaders. The conference is sponsored by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance and features nationally-recognized speakers along with educational workshops. Most importantly, it offers manufacturers the chance to learn from one another and set the agenda for economic growth and development in Oklahoma!

It’s set for Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 1 at the Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center.

Take a look at our packed agenda below and click here to register online:


Tentative agenda:
Check back often for important updates and additional details


Tuesday, September 30

1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Manufacturer’s Workshop
This half-day workshop is just for manufacturers. The 3-hour intensive training session will move past the surface and dig deeper into waste identification, operator balance charts, line balancing, standard work-in-progress, and one-piece flow. Led by industry experts from Industrial Solutions, the workshop will show how manufacturers can take existing resources to quickly create more efficient flow, increase capacity and reduce work-in-progress. The workshop includes hands-on exercises where teams compete against each other while applying Lean Manufacturing tools. Concept training will be incorporated with real-world examples discussed. The workshop is perfect for those looking to move beyond the 101 basics of Lean theory, whether it be in a shop floor or administrative setting.

5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Networking Reception at Renaissance
Join us at the hotel for this networking reception on the evening before our 2014 Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing. It’s a casual event to give everyone a chance to meet and chat about industry in our state.

7:15 p.m.
Special Tulsa Screening: “American Made Movie”

Join the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance at the Renaissance for a complimentary showing of American Made Movie. By illustrating the successes of companies that have prospered without adopting the practices of their competitors, American Made Movie shows the positive impact of domestic manufacturing jobs on national and local economies in the face of great challenges. Click here for more on American Made Movie.


Wednesday, October 1

7:30 a.m.
Registration Opens

7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Continental Breakfast and Networking with Exhibitors

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Advanced Manufacturing and Special Displays Open All Day

9 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.
Opening General Session

• Welcoming remarks from Governor Mary Fallin

• The State of Manufacturing, Chuck Prucha, President of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

• Release of 2014 Oklahoma Manufacturing Sector Economic Report,
Mike Seney, Senior Vice President, State Chamber of Oklahoma

Keynote Address: Next Generation Manufacturing
Phillip Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Break with Exhibitors

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Breakout Sessions
Series of individual seminars (Pick One. Note Duplicates in Afternoon)

  • Workforce Development:
    “Where to Put Your 2015 Recruiting Dollars: The Top 5 Sources For Finding Your Next Rock Star Employee!”

    Production and profitability are showing very strong positive recovery and growth but… the renowned ‘skills gap’ combined with a near-record low unemployment rate in Oklahoma, threatens to stop the momentum.Savvy manufacturing leaders must approach recruiting far more strategically than ever before. With the ever changing technologies and resources available to for attracting and acquiring talent, it is vital that we make qualified, informed decisions as to where we place our recruiting dollars. In this very engaging, highly-interactive and solution-filled program, participants will:
  • Discover the top 5 most effective recruiting strategies and resources. You’re going to be surprised!
  • Learn how to recruit 24/7/365: Understand how to build a recruiting strategy that is dynamic and (almost) self-sustaining
  • See why recruiting is going retro! Hear about the top 5 ‘Old School’ low-cost recruiting approaches that are incredibly powerful!All attendees will receive a detailed workbook which includes checklists and resources for immediately implementing these strategies in your manufacturing organization.The session is led by Kristine Sexter, well-known to Oklahomans as President of WorkWise Productions, a consulting firm established in 1998, serving modern manufacturers who want their executives and leadership teams to know how to find, train and keep great employees. She is the author of six books.
  • Disaster Planning for Oklahoma Manufacturers
    Oklahoma manufacturers face disasters from a variety of unseen forces, from volatile weather to structural issues. This session, led by Dave Williams with the Small Business Development Center, will walk manufacturing leaders through the process of developing a comprehensive disaster plan and discuss the resources available to help safe-guard against catastrophe.
  • Modern Manufacturing Meets Modern Marketing
    This session is geared toward informing and exciting manufacturing executives about how modern marketing initiatives (e.g. an optimized website, dealer marketing support initiatives, search engine marketing, social media marketing, etc.) can lower their customer acquisition costs, increase their volume of qualified leads, position them and their executives as industry experts, and earn them a competitive advantage over their direct competitors.The interactive talk is filled with real-world examples. It is designed for small medium-sized manufacturers, focusing on marketing issues specifically related to production companies.
  • Why Lean Manufacturing Doesn’t Work
    Lean methodologies work. But, why not every time, everywhere, in every company? Why does Lean fail?Industrial Solutions’ Senior Consultant Mark Bradway will explain why a new paradigm for Lean implementation might be necessary. Drawing on real-world examples, the discussion will focus on what leaders can do to make sure successful improvements continue past initial implementations.A poor grasp of the necessary cultural shifts due to management disconnect from the Gemba is typically to blame. Bradway will address the direct causal relationships that either set a company up for success or failure.Participants will learn how important it is for company leadership to develop their entire workforce, so they can see and eliminate rampant wasteful practices throughout the organization, from top-to-bottom. They’ll see how to create a value-adding culture that serves the customers.This is an important session for company leaders hoping to understand why Lean transformations typically fail to achieve their full potentials. They will be both enlightened and invigorated by seeing that following the Lean philosophy correctly will make their companies consistently beat competitors on cost, quality and lead time.

11:45 a.m. – Noon
Visit with Exhibitors

Lunch and Networking

12:30 p.m.
Lunch General Session

  • Remarks by Lt. Governor Todd Lamb
  • Presentation of Governor’s Manufacturing Leadership Awards

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Afternoon General Session

Quick Hit: Innovation in Oklahoma Manufacturing
Dave Younge, Owner of Progressive Stamping in Oklahoma City

Keynote Address: New Technologies Changing the Factory Floor
Cliff Waldman, Director of Economic Studies for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI)

2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Breakout Sessions
Series of individual seminars

  • Workforce Development:
    “Where to Put Your 2015 Recruiting Dollars: The Top 5 Sources For Finding Your Next Rock Star Employee!”
    (Repeat of morning session)
  • Disaster Planning for Oklahoma Manufacturers
    (Repeat of morning session)
  • Why Lean Manufacturing Doesn’t Work
    (Repeat of morning session)
  • Q&A with 2014 Manufacturing Leadership Award Winners
    This informal networking session offers attendees the chance to chat with this year’s winners of the Governor’s Manufacturing Leadership Award. You can pick their brain on what makes them progressive, forward-thinking and prosperous. Stay as long as you want. We won’t push you out!

4 p.m.
Conference concludes

Friday, October 3

National Manufacturing Day
Check www.mfgday.com for Oklahoma events and factory tours.


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