Tri-State Manufacturing Conference Focuses on Manufacturing Success

Posted by Amy Fitzgerald on Jan 31, 2017 11:05:44 AM

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The first Tri-State Manufacturing Conference for Illinois, Iowa and Missouri will take place March 15 to help companies of all sizes learn more about emerging trends in the new era of manufacturing.

The event will take place at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Key educational, business and economic development partners from three states have joined forces to create the conference to help regional manufacturers develop employees, processes and technology to grow business and expand into new markets.

National speakers set to present during the manufacturing conference include John McElligott, CEO of York Exponential manufacturing technology company, Jason Tyszko, executive director of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation and April Glosser, president of Thrive Market Intelligence.

The conference will feature round tables and breakout sessions on supply chain/logistics, the talent pipeline, sales growth, market intelligence, technology adoption and leadership. Attendees will have the opportunity to network during the event and take part in a small group discussion to learn how some manufacturers apply new technology in daily operations. Vendors will also display new technology and products.

“Our mission at IMEC is to drive growth through enterprise excellence and creating a regional initiative to serve manufacturers in the area, through this conference, is a way to inform dozens of leaders on relevant business topics in one great forum,” said Rob Newbold, IMEC Regional Manager and key contributor to the Tri-State Conference. “We look forward to aligning the priorities of today’s manufacturers with the key speakers and discussion topics we have planned for the event. I have no doubt participants will leave feeling inspired to improve all aspects of their business.”

Partners in the manufacturing conference include JWCC, Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center, Missouri Enterprise, Great River Economic Development Foundation, Workforce Innovation Board of Western Illinois, Iowa State University Center for Industrial Research and Service, Quincy University, and Spoon River College.

Cost for the conference is $45 including lunch. The event is open to leaders and employees from small and large size manufacturers as well as suppliers and related businesses in the industry. Registration information is available at or by contacting JWCC at 217.641.4971 or

Amy Fitzgerald

Written by Amy Fitzgerald

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