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2018 Cedar Valley Manufacturing Conference


Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Main Campus—Tama Hall

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Planning for the Next Generation Build in Manufacturing

When it comes to the end of a day in manufacturing, success cannot be defined by merely the number of parts put together. Zig Ziglar sums it up by, "You don't build a business you build people and people build the business." Keynote, Bill Withers will share what he’s learned from four and five-star businesses as they have dealt with change, workplace culture, worker-engagement, and service. In spite of new and emerging technologies, organizations are realizing the value of hiring and training for stronger interpersonal traits and soft-skills, along with technical skills.

Get ready for a day packed with innovative processes used successfully by other Iowa manufacturer's to build their existing workforce as well as out-of-the-box recruiting techniques! 



Check-in, networking
8:15am Welcome Dr. Linda Allen, Hawkeye Community College
8:30am Cedar Valley Update
Cedar Valley Regional Partnership
8:50am Business Spotlight: Self-Directed Cross-Training Advanced Heat Treat
9:15am Internships at Emerson Automation Steve Martin, Emerson Automation
9:50am It's a New Day - Recruiting and Retention Practices Amber Youngblut, Geater Machining & Manufacturing
Kyle Roed, CPM Roskamp
Jeremy Meyer, US Cargo Control, Clickstop, Inc.
10:50am Workforce Culture, Change and Disruption:
It STILL Comes Down to Relationships
Bill Withers
12:00pm Networking Lunch
12:30pm Apprenticeship Buzz: What, Why and How? Melissa Wright, Iowa Department of Labor
John Wightman, Iowa Department of Labor
Lacie Westendorf, Iowa Workforce Development
1:15pm Business Spotlight: Schumacher Elevator
1:30pm Automation: Building Capacity Chris Hill, CIRAS

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

12:30–3:30pm                                                                                                                               Ambassador Training
Alexandra Monaghan, Elevate Iowa                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Elevate Iowa's Ambassador training is the answer to Iowa manufacturers (and others) who have asked for additional ways in which they can engage their employees in efforts to promote manufacturing and solve the workforce shortage. Trained company Ambassadors will be instrumental in encouraging young people to consider a career in advanced manufacturing.
2:30pm Human Resources
Celina Peerman, The Peerman Group
On-the-job training is normally the most effective approach to training employees. This session provide guidance on how to set your internal trainers up for success for delivering training that drives competencies within your workforce.


Advanced Heat Treat
Documentation and Training - provide a general overview and discuss documentation. How do you break it down to the floor level and make it understandable for different learning styles?
2:30pm Safety 
Chris Downs, IOSHA Trainer
Top safety concerns and trends in manufacturing
2:30pm Production 
University of Northern Iowa
Hawkeye Community College
Technology updates in 3D Printing 



$25 per person


Call Corporate and Business Solutions at 319-296-4223 or register online.


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