American Manufacturing Summit 2017

March 28th & 29th, 2017
Starting at 7:30AM
Chicago, IL
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Key Speakers

Cindi Marsiglio

VP, U.S. Manufacturing

Keith Stephenson

EVP and Chief Operating Officer
Cooper Standard

Nils Helander

SVP of Manufacturing and Managing Director

Brent Yeagy

Group President, Commercial Trailer Products
Wabash National Corporation

Darrell Edwards

Chief Operating Officer of Supply Chain and SVP

John Fleming

Former EVP, Manufacturing and Labor Affairs
Ford Motor Co.
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Featured attendees

The Generis Experience

Key Themes

The American Manufacturing Summit is a leadership focused meeting designed around improving plant floor operations and manufacturing strategy across the globe. The Manufacturing Summit serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around the impact of market dynamics and new technologies for current and future manufacturing, operations and supply chain leaders. This year's Summit creates an opportunity to examine key case studies around how workforce management, lean manufacturing, process improvement and automation are being rolled out in the world's best facilities. Join the in-depth discussions to build your road-map in achieving innovation, maximizing manufacturing profitability, optimizing plant floor operations and establishing standardization across multiple manufacturing facilities.

  • Responding to rising costs through manufacturing innovation
  • Benefits of an optimized workforce
  • Product lifecycle, manufacturing cost and the supply chain
  • Driving down headcount, waste and inefficiencies
Plant Floor Optimization
  • Data centric approach to planning, design, supply, manufacturing and customer support
  • Reducing the cost of manufacturing error and backlog
  • Developing a flexible and adaptable lean system
  • Advanced technologies and trends driving efficient productivity
Collaborative Business Models
  • Understanding subcontractor selection
  • Ranking system to guide subcontractor selection
  • Selecting subcontractors to support business goals
  • Obtaining continuous improvement from the supply base through supplier evaluation
  • How can manufacturing divisions become better innovators?
  • Enhancing innovation through disruptive technologies
  • Nurturing new talent to push traditional boundaries
  • Examining how innovative manufacturers are already getting ahead

Industry Insights

Industry insights and opinions from the American Manufacturing Summit 2015. Interviews and videos courtesy of

Maintaining Operational Excellence On A Global Scale
Understand the strategies that Sigma-Aldrich is undertaking to achieve operational excellence. Hear Bill Seaton's thoughts on creating a culture of enterprise excellence and his forecast for a new logistics world.
Manufacturing Expansion
Larry Fuesler discusses the challenges of expansion and the processes that Toyota has put in place to manage their plant. Hear Larry's thoughts on and strategies to address the skill gap, on-board new talent and overcome community expansion and workforce issues.
Implementing Lean Six Sigma Principles
Bob Zimering discusses the benefits of implementing lean six sigma principles, collaborating with suppliers and improving efficiency and employee engagement.


I’ve been speaking operational excellence, lean manufacturing and six sigma for over 15 years and I’m in a room filled with people that, when I say DMAIC, they immediately know what I’m talking about. When I say ‘I’m walking the Gemba’, they know exactly what I’m talking about. Not only do they know what I’m talking about, they provide me with stories of their own that now I’m absorbing and I’m going to use when I go back to my office.
Bill Seaton
VP, Global Engineering & Operational Excellence, Sigma-Aldrich
Very good mix of content and networking with the right companies to move your business forward
Bert Feinberg
VP, Operations, Phillocraft
This summit was very enlightening. It has provided me with tools and techniques to take immediate and massive disruptive action to drive rapid continuous improvements throughout the entire organization.
Jorge Rodriguez
VP, Manufacturing, JL Audio
Great conference that provided insight on how lean tools have been tailored to change the culture. Great networking opportunities.
Arne Vogt
Director of Operations and Supply Chain, Cobham


The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center
70 Yorktown Center, Lombard, IL, 60148
+1 (630) 719-8000

The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center Hotel, located in the heart of the Lombard/Oak Brook business and shopping corridor, blends downtown style and sophistication with the convenience of a full-service, green certified hotel. Plus you're just steps from Yorktown Center Shopping Mall featuring the very best selection of retail.

  • Westin Executive Club Lounge
  • 24-hour business center
  • Indoor lap pool, whirlpool, sun deck