MANCHESTER, NH – The author of a recent manufacturing study in New England and the director of supply chain operations for Raytheon headline the 13th annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit on Oct. 9.
The event brings together over 200 people representing manufacturing plants and high-tech companies from the around the state and culminates Manufacturing Week. Once again this year, dozens of manufacturers and education centers open their doors to high school students for a look into New Hampshire’s top industry and the career opportunities it offers.
“Manufacturing is alive and well in New Hampshire,” said Commissioner Jeffrey Rose of the Department of Resources and Economic Development. “This is an industry that employs 68,000 people and drives our economic engine. This annual conference brings together hundreds of people who work hard to ensure manufacturing remains healthy and robust.”
Keynote speaker Alison Lands, senior manager for Deloitte’s strategy and operations practice, is a co-author and editor of the New England Council Advanced to Advantageous report. Published in April, the report’s findings noted “New England as a region enjoys a competitively advantaged position with respect to advanced manufacturing, stemming from an intricate network of cross-sector relationships (industry, government, and education) that have evolved over time.”
Neil Perry, director of supply chain operations integrated defense systems at Raytheon Co., will speak about Supply Chain Transformation. Raytheon, he says, uses “data analytics, collaborative technology and partnership on initiatives with our suppliers” to reduce costs.
“In addition to our two keynote speakers, four workshops take a collaborative look at the challenges in manufacturing – workforce development, implementing and using Lean principles and embracing change,” said Zenagui Brahim, president of the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership. “There is a lot packed into this one-day summit, but each part of it is vital to keeping our manufacturing industry strong.”
The summit takes place at the Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, and the cost for the day’s program is $95. Tickets are available online at www.biaofnh.com, under the events link.
The conference is presented by the Business and Industry Association; the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the New Hampshire High Technology Council and the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development.
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