Kansas Manufacturing Summit To Offer Networking, Industry Trends, Workforce Insight

Manhattan, KS (Sept. 3, 2019) – Manhattan will host the third annual Kansas Manufacturing Summit, a day-long forum providing those in manufacturing the opportunity to network, learn about manufacturing resources and industry trends, and gain insight into workforce development. The event will be held Wednesday, October 2nd at the Manhattan Conference Center.

The Kansas Manufacturing Summit is led by the Kansas Manufacturing Council, in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce and Kansas Chamber.

“Kansas manufacturing plays a vital role in the Kansas economy,” said Alan Cobb, Kansas Chamber President and CEO. “This annual summit helps to showcase this important industry. The summit is open to Kansas manufacturers as well as anyone interested in learning more about the industry. It will include a range of presenters aimed at improving business operations and productivity with Kansas manufacturers.”

Topic sessions include speakers and panelists covering:

  • Advanced Manufacturing & Automation
  • Economic Outlook for 2020
  • Workforce Development
  • Non-Traditional Workforce Resources
  • Manufacturing Resources


“The Kansas Manufacturing Summit is the perfect place to meet representatives from many of our state’s most influential manufacturers, and to immerse yourself in the latest industry news and trends,” Kansas Secretary of Commerce David Toland said. “As technology continues to change the landscape of our economy, gatherings like this are vital for Kansas to maintain its spot on the cutting edge of manufacturing. We are very pleased to join the Kansas Manufacturing Council and the Kansas Chamber in hosting this event.”

The FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab, a collaboration between WSU Tech and Goodwill Industries of Kansas, Inc., also will be available for tours. The mobile lab provides a hands-on, interactive learning environment to educate Kansas students about the manufacturing industry and expose them to the tools used in high-demand STEM fields.

A networking reception at the end of the day will feature participants from the Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program, which connects transitioning military Veterans who have received industry-specific certification training in manufacturing with employers.

Registration can be completed online at www.kansaschamber.org/mfgsummit/. The website also includes the full conference schedule and speaker biographies as they become available. The summit opens for onsite check-in at 7:30 a.m. with the program from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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