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2022 Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference


Wednesday, October 05, 2022


Van G. Miller Adult Learning Center

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2022 Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference

A Whole New World of Work

This conference is a great place to learn about what's new and evolving in our industry, the state of manufacturing in Iowa, available business grants, funding opportunities, industry resources, and workforce solutions. Take a look at two of the conference highlights.


8:00am–8:15am Welcome

Morning Kenote: Workplace 4.0: Using Data to Develop Leadership That Lasts – Joel Bennett

Industry 4.0 is a new phase in the Industrial Revolution that focuses heavily on interconnectivity, automation, machine learning, and real-time data. While companies have begun to embrace this future, few have considered how it will impact their workplace culture. In this session, we'll explore how organizations can develop their leaders in ways that utilize a practical, change-focused methodology that leverages real-time data. We'll also share case studies from manufacturing organizations who have used connection, technology and data to help develop their leaders capable of managing such a change in their workplace.

9:45am–10:00am Break and Door Prize
Hawkeye Resources and Services - Celia Even and Staci Kramer

Workplace Retention and What to Expect with the Next Generation – Ashley Stanley

This interactive presentation will present culture and values that promote your organization.  The focus will be on trends and expectations for the projected future of work and will provide recommendations to help business leaders develop the right employee retention strategies, address the new workplace and the newer generations.
11:00am–11:15am Break and Door Prize
Hawkeye Resources and Services - Celia Even and Staci Kramer

Automation and Robotics Center at TechWorks Campus –  Srdjan Golub

Hawkeye Community College is establishing a regional Automation and Robotics Center at the TechWorks campus in downtown Waterloo. The new center will offer programming focused on industry 4.0 subjects to high school and adult students, incumbent workers, apprentices and businesses. Featuring an open concept lab and competency based education the center will allow for flexibility and multiple on and  off ramps for students looking to upskill in high demand occupations. Initial programing will focus on fundamentals of advanced manufacturing, CNC Machinist program and industrial maintenance and mechatronics programing. Future programming will focus on smart factory automation, Robotics and integration of systems. Q & A will follow the presentation.
12:00pm–1:00pm Lunch – Food Truck (self-pay) - Rockin' 5K BBQ 

Afternoon Keynote - People, Process, Performance – MakingChips

The founders of the Making Chips podcast will be facilitating a panel discussion with local business owners to discuss people, process, and performance with manageable action items to help you double down on your workforce.


  • Factory of the Future: Recognize transformation of a workplace through workplace connectedness initiatives; 
  • Workforce of the Future: Recognize training programs for an existing workforce to prepare for the future and/or examples of innovative onboarding to prepare new hires for the same;
  • Visionary of the Future: Recognizes an industry leader for support of innovative solutions promoting 4.0 influence.

To nominate a company, provide a description of what that company does that best fits into one of the above categories. Nominations should be limited to 1 page and submitted by September 23. Email the nominations to Marsi Jacobs 

2:15pm–2:30pm Break and Door Prize

State of Manufacturing in Iowa – Anna Lensing, Iowa Workforce Development


Register online for the Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference.


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  6. manufacturing 4.0
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