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Manufacturing Conference

September 30 @ 7:30 am - 3:15 pm

Event Details:

September 30 @ 7:30 am - 3:15 pm

The Hotel at Kirkwood
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States

Cost: $100

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Event Contact: Jenni Hatz jenni@corridorbusiness.com (319)665-6397

Engaging Corridor Manufacturers in their biggest challenges and opportunities: Workforce, Sustainability and Manufacturing 4.0. The Corridor Business Journal’s annual Manufacturing Conference invites industry leaders to network, learn about best practices, and build a stronger talent pipeline. Attendees are encouraged to participate in a trade show featuring new manufacturing technology and services.


2021 Keynotes

Morning Keynote

To Be the Employer of Choice, Be the Leader of Choice

John Russett, retired VP of manufacturing at General Mills Inc.

Over 34 years with General Mills, Mr. Russett moved through multiple plants, products, and technical platforms for a continuous learning experience. Taking on roles of increasing responsibility, including 15 years as a plant manager, he spent the last several years with accountability for North America Manufacturing. Development at General Mills also extended outside the factory. Mr. Russett developed leadership experiences with NASA, Coach John Wooden, and the USAF Thunderbirds and Operation Red Flag.

After retiring in 2014, he founded Sixth Man Enterprises, a group committed to leadership and organizational development in emerging businesses.

Luncheon Keynote

25 years of Manufacturing Evolution in Genomics

Trey Martin, senior vice president, new business at Danaher Corporation

Trey Martin started at Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) in 1994 as a manufacturing technician. Since then IDT has scaled from 30 oligonucleotides per day to over 100,000, and from $300,000 annual revenue to over $550 million. Trey was appointed SVP/COO of IDT in 2006, and president in April 2018 following the acquisition of IDT by Danaher Corporation. In August 2021 he was named senior vice president, new business – genomic medicine for Danaher Corporation.

2021 Speakers

Rue Patel Rue Patel How to Invoke Change at Your Level General Mills (Retired)
Tony Bedard Tony Bedard Sustainability: Good for the Bottom Line Frontier Co-Op
Jillian Walsh Jillian Walsh Navigating the Freight Capacity Crunch Travero
Steve Shriver Steve Shriver Evolution of a Manufacturing Entrepreneur Eco Lips
Ronald Cox Ronald Cox Iowa's Workforce Skirmishes: The Problem and the 27 Solutions Iowa State University CIRAS
Kristine Bullock Kristine Bullock Workforce Resources: Workplace Learning Connection Kirkwood Community College
Hank Norem Hank Norem Iowa's Manufacturing 4.0 Investment Ramco Innovations
Carla Andorf Carla Andorf Workforce Resources: Skills to Employment & IowaWORKS Kirkwood Community College
Douglas Barnes Douglas Barnes Whirlpool's Digital Transformation Whirlpool Corporation
Sara Zejnic Sara Zejnic Finding & Keeping Talent - Panelist Catherine McAuley Center
Theresa Lewis Theresa Lewis Finding & Keeping Talent - Panelist The Arc of East Central Iowa


September 30
7:30 am - 3:15 pm
Event Category:


The Hotel at Kirkwood
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
(319) 848-8700
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Jenni Hatz