Manufacturing Caucus Meeting

Pennsylvania Senate Manufacturing Caucus

Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 12:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Hamill Manufacturing Company
500 Pleasant Valley Road,
Trafford, PA 15085 (Westmoreland County)


12:30 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Light Luncheon
1:00 P.M. – 1:05 P.M. {Host}John S. Dalrymple, President (Hamill Manufacturing Company)
Opening remarks and introductions
Bots IQ
1:05 P.M. – 1:10 P.M. Senators Kim L. Ward and Wayne D. Fontana – Welcome and remarks
Caucus Objectives:
* Provide research and policy developments related to manufacturing
*Support efforts to draft and enact legislation beneficial to the manufacturing industry
* Provide periodic briefings on pertinent issues confronting manufacturing
* Assist in raising the profile of the Pennsylvania manufacturing industry
* Advocate for manufacturing workforce training programs (i.e., STEM initiatives)
1:10 P.M. – 1:15 P.M. Update on “Manufacturing Scorecard” for southwestern PA (data on 2012 output, employment, productivity, etc.)
*Petra Mitchell, President & CEO, Catalyst Connection
1:15 P.M. – 1:40 P.M. Overview of the Governor’s Manufacturing Advisory Council (GMAC) recommendations, status update, identifying priorities, and determining what the next step(s) should be along with what action is required by the legislature
* Matthew [Matt] Zieger, President & CEO, Team Pennsylvania Foundation
1:40 P.M. – 2:30 P.M. {Panel} Presentations on the current status of the manufacturing industry and what the future holds with regard to advances in technology (i.e., additive 3-D printing manufacturing, etc.)
* Irene J. Petrick, Ph.D., Professor, Penn State University and Managing Director, TrendScape Innovation Group
  The Future of Manufacturing
Ralph L. Resnick, President & Executive Director, National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) and Founding Director, National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII)
2:30 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. {Panel} Presentations on the availability and effectiveness of workforce development programs, including the role of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and the need to promote manufacturing industry in schools
Steven [Steve] B. Shivak, President, SMC Business Councils
Jane E. Heiple, Ph.D., President (principal) Lyceum Group, LLC (a workforce development solutions consulting firm) (under contract with SMC to manage its PA Small Business Education Foundation)
Christine [Chris] M. Simcic, Secretary/Treasurer, Wojanis Hydraulic Supply Company, Inc.
  [Facility Tour] Following the meeting there will be 15 minute tour of the Hamill facility
Additional Information:*STEM & Manufacturing Careers
*Top U.S. States for new Manufacturing Jobs
*3-D printing goes from sci-fi fantasy to reality
*Introduction to manufacturing Class
*Leadership wanted U.S. Public Opinions on manufacturing
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