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Chattanooga is the first American city to have a Smart Factory Institute

Originally reported by WDEF News 12 News Team reporter, Andrew Harrison.



News Channel 12 was on hand at the Smart Factory Institute Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Volkswagen on October 1, kicking off manufacturing month in Tennessee.



The Smart Factory Institute will be hosting it's first event on October 21st, the 7th Annual Peak Performance Symposium, for manufacturers, by manufacturers. The event will take place at the WACKER Institute on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College from 10:00am - 3:00pm.


This year's event, themed, 'Maintaining Competitive Manufacturing Operations: Using Innovative Technology to Build a Skilled Workforce and Create Resilient, Networked Supply Chains', brings in an exciting line-up of industry professionals from U.S. Express, WACKER, DENSO, Volkswagen Chattanooga, UTC, Chattanooga State, and Chattanooga Endeavors, speaking on topics related to supply chain, smart workers, creating technology roadmaps, and how COVID-19 is affecting recruitment and employee retention. Also joining the line-up as the Keynote, is former Chattanooga Mayoral candidate, Wade Hinton, kicking off the event, speaking on how diversity, equity, and inclusion being a part of the solution to fill the skilled labor shortage that manufacturing and general business industry is currently facing.


PEAK PERFORMANCE SYMPOSIUM AGENDA

10:00am

Registration & Networking


10:30am

Welcome: How COVID is Changing Business & Industry

by Denise Rice, President & CEO, Peak Performance


10:45am

Keynote: Advancing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Business

by Wade Hinton, Attorney, Executive, & Inclusion Leader

America is facing a skilled labor shortage in not only manufacturing but in the general business industry as well. Hear Wade speak on how diversity, equity, and inclusion can be part of the solution to fill this labor gap.

11:15am - Break


11:30am

Session 1: Creative Solutions to Supply Chain Challenges

by Eric Fuller, President & CEO, U.S. Express

The ongoing pandemic has highlighted structural problems in global supply chains. Hear Eric discuss how U.S. Express is embracing digital capabilities that will protect supply chains and create resilience against future disruptions.

12:00pm - Break

12:15pm

Lunch & Panel Discussion:

How COVID Has Impacted Employee Recruitment & Retention

Dr. Chris Cunningham, UC Professor of Psychology, UTC

Ardena Garth Hicks, President, Chattanooga Endeavors

Burkhard Ulrich, Senior VP of Human Resources, Volkswagen Chattanooga

The pandemic has shifted a major sector of the workforce in ways we did not anticipate. Hear from HR experts on how COVID is impacting employee safety & health and the impact it is having on employee retention.

1:00pm - Break

1:15pm

Session2: The Smart Worker for the Smart Factory

by Theresa Cassem, Senior HR Manager, WACKER Chemical Corporation &

Tre Powell, Dean, Chattanooga State Community College

Technology and automation are driving change in the skills needed for manufacturing operators, underscoring that people are at the core of technology adoption. WACKER and Chattanooga State share their insights on developing technical skills of incumbent workers to fill these imperative roles.

1:45pm - Break

2:00pm

Session 3: Developing Your Technology Roadmap

by Chris Owen, Head of Analytics, R&D, Standards & Compliance, and Cyber-Security, DENSO

Industry 4.0 is sure to have an impact on manufacturing processes, but where and how do you start? Hear how to design a technology roadmap that is achievable and sustainable with a high degree of confidence of implementation success.

2:30pm - Break

2:40pm

Tour of the WACKER Institute

by Tre Powell, Dean, Chattanooga State Community College

3:00pm - Adjourn


 

Manufacturer (In-Person Attendance) | $75

Manufacturer Group of Six (6) | $300

Non-Manufacturer (In-Person Attendance | $125

Virtual (Online Attendance) | $25

Event is limited to 50 in-person tickets. When all 50 tickets are sold, all others will have to attend virtually.

If you are a member of any of the following associations, reach out to us for discount ticket codes:

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