Embracing and Retaining the New Generation Workforce

Tue, May 22, 2018 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Skype Meeting Broadcast

There's no doubt companies are anxious about filling key positions and meeting their future workforce needs. Challenged with facing new generations of workers that offer unique differences in the workplace, companies that take a fresh approach to recruitment, training, and development can elevate everyone's performance in an organization, leading to loyalty and stronger business results. Prepare to embrace this significant pool of workers by better understanding their motivations and strengths, establishing clear career pathways and formal training programs tied to competency development and career growth. Learn what successful employers are doing to attract and retain this generation.

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Manufacturers Networking at Great Lakes Brewing Company: Cheers and Beers to 30 Years!

Tue, May 22, 2018 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Great Lakes Brewing Company, Tasting Room

Join WIRE-Net for a networking tour at Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC). This will be a great opportunity to network, make new connections, take part in WIRE-Net and GLBC's 30th Anniversary celebrations, and tour the manufacturing plant. Enjoy a few of your favorite GLBC beers and the fresh lineup of beers on tap for Great Lakes' 30th year—including the return of Holy Moses White Ale, two new seasonals, caned six-packs, and reimagined favorites.

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Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Impact of Digital Transformation on the Shop Floor

Thu, May 24, 2018 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

DoubleTree Independence

Did you know? The number of connected IoT devices, sensors, and actuators could reach over 46 billion by 2021. Tony Hughes, Founder and CEO of The Lanterman, helps manufacturing leaders, technologists, and others within the manufacturing sector better understand how exponential technologies are transforming the manufacturing industry and how our regional companies can best tap into this disruptive shift to evolve, grow, and thrive.

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Plant Tour: Advanced Controls Inc. - Helping Companies Implement Industry 4.0

Thu, Jun 7, 2018 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Advanced Controls

Advanced Controls Inc. (ACI) is helping companies make the change to Industry 4.0. Join us at their manufacturing facility in Eastlake to get a better understanding of the complex systems that automate and control some of the largest manufacturing operations in the world. See how ACI operates internally to make sure every project is done right and leaves on time. ACI will explain how their Lean manufacturing techniques help the bottom line and a customer-centric culture promotes collaboration on the shop floor.

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Safety Roundtable Series

Tue, Jun 12, 2018 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM


Our Safety Roundtable Series provides a unique opportunity to come together with peers and an expert to share experiences, expertise, and learn what you don't know about manufacturing safety. Discuss safety topics and find solutions to your safety-related issues to prepare for your next OSHA visit and save on violation costs. Each session has its own focus, but we encourage you to bring your challenges and request relevant information for your company. You will receive a certificate showing the topics and total number of hours you attended.

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Co-Managed IT: Internal IT Staff or Managed Services? It Isn’t an Either/Or Decision

Wed, Jun 13, 2018 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Skype Meeting Broadcast

Co-managed IT is a blend of your internal and external IT services. The managed service provider (MSP) works together with your IT staff to give them the access to the monitoring and ticketing tools that are so popular with MSPs.

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2018 MFG Summer Camp

Mon, Jul 30, 2018 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Max S. Hayes High School

Sixth, Seventh, and Eight Graders, join us to discover new career opportunities in manufacturing. Participate in fun activities to learn what you need to be successful, including technical essentials, soft skills, and health and wellness. We will serve breakfast and lunch each day.

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