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Factories of the Future: Exclusive Research Results

Feb_Teleconnect_Chart_Image.jpgJoin us for our special Teleconnect Council call on February 19, during which we will analyze the latest findings of Manufacturing Executive’s exclusive 2013 Factories of the Future industry survey.

Learn how manufacturers plan a future in which factories and plants are increasingly automated and staffed by computer-literate employees operating in networked, collaborative working cultures. Our research hints at manufacturing facilities where digitized processes dominate, agile new production technologies respond rapidly to market changes, and real-time decision-making cultures benefit from adaptive leaders.

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Feature Items
Megatrends 2013: How Will Your Business Fare?

MegaTrends_Image.pngManufacturing Leadership Council members met in January to discuss the key economic, demographic, and technological trends that will shape their businesses in the New Year. The discussion summary offers an intimate look at how fellow Council members expect to fare in the year ahead, and some of the business tactics they're using to improve their outlook.

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Special Council Teleconnect Call:
The Fiscal Cliff: Help Craft Recommendations to Washington to Protect Manufacturing

DB_ME_blog_112712_Fiscal_Cliff.jpgThe manufacturing sector has much at stake in the outcome of the U.S. government's "Fiscal Cliff" negotiations. Members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council and the larger manufacturing community recently gathered on a special conference call to devise recommendations for President Obama and Congressional leaders.

Hear their suggestions for a healthy manufacturing sector and a strong national economy.

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Sustainability: A New Platform For Manufacturing?

Over the last decade, sustainability has become a fundamental factor in the production strategies, operational performance, and future planning decisions of many of the world's leading manufacturers.

It's also having a major impact on improving manufacturing's bottom line. P&G alone estimates it has saved nearly $1 billion over the last ten years directly because of its green initiatives.

The opportunities around sustainability are now driving companies to innovate leaner, more efficient, and more effective business models for the future – redesigning production networks, redefining product strategies, restructuring supply chains, developing innovative new materials, and adopting new approaches to market expansion.

Is sustainability now creating a new platform for the future of manufacturing?

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Manufacturing Leadership Council Decision Compass Working Groups

Manufacturing Leadership Council members enjoy full access to the Decision Compass program, a unique peer-to-peer networking service that connects Council members with other accomplished manufacturing executives based on specific business interests, needs, and challenges.

To visit your Decision Compass Working Groups or to schedule a brief interview to begin taking advantage of Decision Compass, visit the Decision Compass page today.


Manufacturing Leadership Council Future Leaders Program

The Future Leaders Program is designed to cultivate the next generation of executives in the manufacturing industry. Working with up to three of your high-potential employees and protégés (depending upon your Council Membership level), this one-year, structured program provides participants with unique resources and benefits to improve their manufacturing knowledge and insights, build valuable contact networks, and develop the attributes they need to become strong leaders within your company and the manufacturing industry at large.

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To access your Future Leaders portal or learn more about the Future Leaders program, visit the Future Leaders page today.


Blog Posts

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Firstronic Plant Tour: Aligning a Manufacturing Organization Behind a Data-Driven Approach  in ML Council

"It was after the downturn in 2010 when we decided to shed 60% of our customer base." John Sammut, CEO of electronic manufacturing services provider Firstronic told members of the Manufacturing Leadership Council at a recent plant tour at his company’s Grand Rapids, MI, plant. How many CEOs have you met that would walk away from 60% of their customer base? Regardless of the scale, this is a bold move. Done for the right reasons with the right focus, these pruning measures can position the business for the right type of growth. Here is my take on how Firstronic’s market insight, organizational alignment, and customer focus paved the way for a great turn-around story. Read More →

Posted by Paul Burgo on Oct 18, 2017
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Firstronic Plant Tour Shows that M4.0 Is About More than Digitization  in ML Council

We at the Manufacturing Leadership Council are of the belief that the journey to a next-generation manufacturing model isn’t just about aggressively adopting emerging digital technologies. Yes, IIoT, advanced analytics, modeling, smart products, and machine learning technologies are emerging as important components of M4.0 transformation, giving manufacturers unprecedented power to optimize operations in response to or even in advance of market and other changes. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Oct 12, 2017
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CHINA JOURNAL: Shanghai is the First Step on the Journey  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

David R. Brousell, the Co-founder of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, begins a 16-day trip to China, where he will speak at the MIF2017 manufacturing conference in Tianjin on the subject of Manufacturing 4.0. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 25, 2017
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Manufacturing Leadership Awards Nominations Now Open for 2018  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Manufacturing leaders from around the world are invited to nominate their breakthrough projects and outstanding individual achievements for Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards, the industry’s most prestigious awards program. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Sep 06, 2017
Views: 3438
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Manufacturing Leadership Council Releases New Critical Issues Agenda for 2017/2018  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council encourages industrial leaders to grasp the competitive opportunities of Manufacturing 4.0 digital technologies, collaborative structures, enterprise-wide innovation, and sustainable production strategies to drive future growth in its new Critical Issues agenda for the year ahead. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Aug 11, 2017
Views: 6309
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Manufacturers Must Pick Up the Pace on Digital Transformation  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Manufacturing leaders must lift their sights above day-to-day operational challenges and embrace three types of significant change if they are to capitalize on the transformational opportunities presented by the digitized, Manufacturing 4.0 era, Manufacturing Leadership Council Co-Founder David R. Brousell today told attendees of the 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership Council. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 19, 2017
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2017 Manufacturing Leadership Awards Program Honors Trailblazers of Industry Transformation  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

On June 14, at the 13th Annual Manufacturing Leadership (ML) Awards Gala, produced by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, top honors were presented to Industry 4.0 founding father Dr. Detlef Zühlke who was named Manufacturing Leader of the Year. The Dow Chemical Company took home the Manufacturer of the Year, Large Enterprise Award. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jun 19, 2017
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Proto Labs CEO Vicki Holt Joins the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the foremost global business network for senior industrial executives, announces the election of President and CEO of Proto Labs, Inc. Vicki M. Holt, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Feb 23, 2017
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Industry Thought-Leaders To Debate Trump Options for U.S. Manufacturing  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Thought leaders from NAM, ITIF, Smart Manufacturing, Dow & PMA join a special Manufacturing Leadership Council panel discussion on the future of U.S. manufacturing under a Trump Administration on January 11. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 23, 2016
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What’s Next for U.S. Manufacturing Under Trump? The Lobbying Intensifies…  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

With just over a month to go before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump, things are heating up amongst a host of eager advisors to the new administration about how it should improve and stimulate the future of U.S. manufacturing. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Dec 13, 2016
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Identifying a Path to Manufacturing 4.0  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council's new Critical Issues agenda identifies a set of business and technology issues and subjects that will enable manufacturers to establish a clear focus and approach to Manufacturing 4.0. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Sep 13, 2016
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BREXIT Panel: With Political Uncertainty Still Hovering, It Is Business As Usual in the U.K.  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

In the weeks since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, much uncertainty about the political, economic, and social implications of the decision remains. But manufacturers are pressing ahead with business as usual, adopting a “wait and watch” attitude as the smoke from the Brexit decision slowly clears to reveal what Brexit means from a manufacturing perspective. Read More →

Posted by Sankara Narayanan Venkataramani on Jul 18, 2016
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BREXIT: Ten Things Manufacturing Companies Should Know  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

In an effort to provide some clarity in the midst of the confusion, here are 10 things that manufacturers should know about when trying to assess the future of manufacturing in the U.K., and some of the potential implications of BREXIT on their businesses. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 28, 2016
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2016 Manufacturing Leadership Summit: The M4.0 Tidal Wave is Coming – Are You Ready?  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Industry is about to experience more change, across more aspects of the business of manufacturing, and in a shorter time than perhaps any period of transition in the history of manufacturing. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 07, 2016
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Join Us at The Smart Factory World Symposium In Chicago, June 2  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Council's Global Vice President of Research and Editorial Director, David R. Brousell, will deliver the opening session on “The Smart Factory” at the 2nd Annual Smart Factory World Symposium, organized by Forcam on June 2, 2016 in Chicago, IL. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on May 10, 2016
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Procter & Gamble and Graphicast Join Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Procter & Gamble’s Director of Corporate Global Manufacturing Pietro D’Arpa, and Val Zanchuk, President and Owner of U.S. precision castings company Graphicast Inc., to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jan 05, 2016
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Manufacturing Leadership’s New “Critical Issues” Focus on Manufacturing 4.0  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the member-driven global business network for senior industrial executives, has identified a new set of six Critical Issues facing the manufacturing industry for 2015/2016. This year, the Council’s Critical Issues Agenda is organized around the key theme of “The Journey to Manufacturing 4.0”. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Sep 22, 2015
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German Industry 4.0 Pioneer and DMDII Executive Director Join Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Industry 4.0 pioneer Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, Chairman of the German SmartFactory Technology Initiative, and Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director of the U.S. Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jun 30, 2015
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Dell's VP of Global Supply Chain Operations Joins the Manufacturing Leadership Board  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Patrick P. Poljan, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Operations at Dell Inc. to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Oct 28, 2014
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Campbell and Lexmark Executives Elected To Manufacturing Leadership Board of Governors  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The Manufacturing Leadership Community, the global business network for senior industrial executives, today announced the election of Eric Fidoten, Vice President of Supply Chain Strategy and Operations Excellence at Campbell Soup Company, and John D. Gagel, Corporate Manager of Sustainability at Lexmark International Inc., to the Manufacturing Leadership Council’s Board of Governors. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Mar 03, 2014
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Factories of the Future: Is Revolutionary Change Ahead?  in ML Council

For many Council members, the designs and capabilities of their factories are being driven by the need to satisfy rapidly evolving customer requirements. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Oct 18, 2012
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48 hours to chain speed increase  in ML Council

Here’s the situation for 4 out of 5 manufacturing companies that have hired my company to deliver managerial training so far: they bring in a number of temporary foreign workers from a given country and settle the basic logistics issues so they have a place to live and know how to get to work. Read More →

Posted by Marie Gervais on Apr 18, 2012
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Manufacturing Executive Announces Critical Industry Issues Agenda for 2011–2012  in ML Council

Manufacturing Executive today announces its 2011/2012 Critical Issues Agenda for the global manufacturing industry. This year’s Agenda is focused around a single guiding principle: “Re-Inventing Manufacturing”. Read More →

Posted by Paul Tate on Jul 05, 2011
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Rebranding Manufacturing - Manufacturing's Extreme Makeover  in ML Council

The traditional definition of manufacturing is one we are all familiar with. It simply describes taking a raw substance and transforming it into finished products. Yet this definition is as simplistic as it is dated. To many, it reinforces the perception of manufacturing as a relic, an old-style production line: outdated, unglamorous, and unappealing. Read More →

Posted by Chris Chiappinelli on Nov 17, 2010
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Rebranding Manufacturing - Roundtable: Manufacturing at a Crossroad  in ML Council

Founding members of Manufacturing Executive’s new Leadership Council Board gathered together for the first time in May at Managing Automation Media’s 2010 Manufacturing Leadership Summit in Palm Beach, FL. Read More →

Posted by David Brousell on Nov 16, 2010
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Discussions

60% of Companies Will Die in 10 Years. Will Yours Be One? Join Us At The Spring Manufacturing Leadership Council Meeting  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Companies not in tune with what the future holds for their business simply won’t survive. The 2013 Annual Spring Council Meeting will take Council Members on a Mega Trends journey to uncover opportunities and challenges to help their companies survive over the next 10 years. Using a panel of world experts, we will present and discuss Mega Trends that are shaping business, culture and society and creating game changing opportunities for our members. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Mar 26, 2013
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Where Are the World’s Economies Headed in 2013?  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

As an exclusive benefit to Manufacturing Leadership Council members, we’d like to invite you to join a special Frost & Sullivan Global Economic Outlook webcast on Jan. 24, at 10:00 AM EST. Read More →

Posted by Chris Chiappinelli on Jan 09, 2013
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U.S. Trade Policy to Blame for Massive Manufacturing Job Losses?  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The 2000 decision in Washington to permanently normalize trade relations with China significantly accelerated the loss of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic study. Read More →

Posted by Jeff Moad on Jan 08, 2013
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Should Frost & Sullivan, in cooperation with the MLC, act as a government watch dog?  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

The impending "fiscal cliff" is only one of many areas in which the actions or inactions of government pose a very real threat to the future of manufacturing. With that as a catalyst for discussion, do you think that Frost & Sullivan, in cooperation with the Manufacturing Leadership Council, should act as a government watch dog? Read More →

Posted by Michael Hintze on Dec 12, 2012
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Attention Council Members!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

On behalf of Frost & Sullivan, I am delighted to invite you to a special Frost & Sullivan event typically reserved for Frost & Sullivan Growth Team Members. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Aug 27, 2012
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Welcome Eric Jogun, Director of Manufacturing at FONA to the Manufacturing Leadership Council  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Eric Jogun has been in the Food and Ingredient manufacturing management for over 23 years. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Jun 27, 2012
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Welcome Cindy Reese, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations at Oracle to the Manufacturing Leadership Council  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Cindy Reese is Senior Vice President, Worldwide Operations. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Jun 27, 2012
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Council Meeting & Rolls-Royce Plant Tour - RSVP today!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

We invite you to join us in person on July 26-27 to engage in a lively discussion on Digitization: Transforming the Business of Manufacturing, a Think Tank meeting that will explore the many dimensions of the transformative power of digitization from the executive office’s point of view. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Jun 19, 2012
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New Dates: Adaptive Leadership Program  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Due to timing conflicts that many of our members had with the originally scheduled June 11 Adaptive Leadership Program Cohort Event which starts the 5-month program, we are conducting in partnership with Cambridge Leadership Associates, the new date for the Cohort event is now October 1 in New York City. Read More →

Posted by Unknown user on Jun 05, 2012
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Call For Plant Tours: By Council Members for Council Members  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

During the Manufacturing Leadership Summit, we asked Council Members if they would be interested in hosting a plant tour for other Council Members and there was a good deal of interest. We have received 3 very exciting hosting requests so far which will be announced the first week of June. Having said that, we have room for at least 3 more before the end of the year. Read More →

Posted by Unknown user on May 15, 2012
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Welcome Noelle Walsh, Vice President, Performance Materials Division of the Dow Chemical Company to the Manufacturing Leadership Council  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

(Noelle Walsh) is the vice president of manufacturing for the Performance Materials Division with manufacturing oversight of 35 billion pounds per year production and over 1000 products at 80 locations globally. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Mar 28, 2012
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Welcome Len Jenkins, Vice President of Technology Strategy for Crown Cork & Seal, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

(Len Jenkins) is currently Vice President of Technology Strategy for the Corporate Technology Division of Crown Cork & Seal, a multi-national packaging company. His primary role is advising the senior management team regarding future technology requirements, manufacturing processes, and raw materials for metal packaging, He is directly responsible for Open Innovation activities, Intellectual Property management, and the Business Interface Directors who manage the R&D programmes for each of Crown’s global manufacturing businesses. Len has worked closely with Cambridge IfM since 2003 developing Crown’s Roadmapping, which is now and integral process in Crown’s R&D portfolio management process. Len is now working to extend Crown’s Roadmapping into a longer-term and more strategic vision of the metal packaging market and future technology requirements for Crown. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Feb 01, 2012
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Welcome Rick Garcia, CIO/CTO of Cisco Systems, Inc. to the Manufacturing Leadership Council  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Let's welcome Rick Garcia of Cisco Systems to the Council! Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Jan 27, 2012
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Welcome Thomas Seibert, Head of Manufacturing for Nestle, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Welcome Thomas Seibert, Head of Manufacturing for Nestle, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council! Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Dec 01, 2011
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MegaTrends 2012 - December 13th Council Call: Register Now  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Powerful trends such as social media, mobility, cloud computing and enterprise integration are coursing through manufacturing, raising questions about how manufacturers should develop strategies to take advantage of them and what they should expect in terms of ROI. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Nov 30, 2011
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Welcome Edward Sherron, VP of Manufacturing for H L Technologies, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

(Edward Sherron) is a manufacturing operations executive with 30+ years of management experience and consistent success in achieving revenue, cost, productivity, and customer satisfaction goals. He has held a variety of operational roles from QA Manager, Engineering Manager, Manufacturing Manager, Plant Manager and is currently VP of Manufacturing. Edward has worked for a variety of global companies including Rockwell International, Schindler Elevator Corporation, General Cable Corporation, Tyco Electronics and privately held companies NIBCO Incorporated and HL Technologies LP. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Nov 22, 2011
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Welcome Hamid Khorramian, Vice President, North America Operations for Steelcase Inc., to the Manufacturing Leadership Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Please join me in welcoming (Hamid Khorramian) from Steelcase Inc. to the Council! Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Nov 21, 2011
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Welcome Duke Golden, Director of Manufacturing at International Game Technology, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Please join me in welcoming Duke Golden from IGT to the Council! Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Nov 14, 2011
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Welcome James Verrier, President & General Manager of BorgWarner Morse TEC, to the Manufacturing Leadership Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Join me in wishing (James Verrier) of BorgWarner Morse TEC a warm welcome to the Council! Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Nov 10, 2011
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We need your feedback: Software Selection Lifecycle Management  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Because you are a respected member of the Manufacturing Leadership Council, I’m requesting your valuable feedback on an exciting new technology solution that manages the software selection life-cycle and makes it simpler, more efficient and less costly to make the right software investment. Read More →

Posted by Unknown user on Nov 04, 2011
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Managing Workforce Diversity - November 22nd Council Call: Register Now  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Join the next Manufacturing Leadership Council Call, Managing Workforce Diversity - Tuesday, November 22, 11:00 am EST. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Oct 25, 2011
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Welcome Charles Beto, Chief Financial Officer of MacLean Fogg Component Solutions to the Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

Please join me in welcoming (Charles Beto) from MacLean Fogg Component Solutions to the Council! He joined the Council earlier this month and has already participated in his first Council Call. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Oct 20, 2011
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Welcome Bill Cousineau, Vice President of Corporate Operations Support of Kohler to the Manufacturing Leadership Council!  in Manufacturing Leadership Council

(Bill Cousineau) is Vice President of Corporate Operations Support for Kohler Co. Since 2005, he has led a diverse, global technical/engineering service organization that supports Kohler Co. operations globally in the following areas: Construction Engineering and Management; Process Improvement; Manufacturing Systems Engineering; Global Maintenance Systems; Environment, Health and Safety; Sustainability; and Chemical and Metallurgical Testing. Read More →

Posted by ML Admin on Oct 20, 2011
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