Next Generation Manufacturing Summit

The annual Next Generation Manufacturing Summit, presented by BizTimes Media, features an exciting interactive discussion with chief executive officers of southeastern Wisconsin companies. The CEOs will share their companies’ best operational strategies and discuss their solutions for competing in a global marketplace.

The Connections Shaping Your Company’s Future

The Connections Shaping Your Company’s Future

Next generation manufacturing companies are making connections with other businesses to drive innovation. They are also connecting machines to improve productivity, reacting to connections between economies and markets, and striving to connect with their future workforce.

CEOs from the region’s leading manufacturers discussed how they made connections and shared best practices that helped their businesses succeed.


  • John Batten, President & CEO, Twin Disc, Inc. (view slides)
  • Bill Berrien, CEO, Pindel Global Precision (view slides)
  • Ken Bockhorst, President & CEO, Badger Meter, Inc.
  • Jeffrey Dawes, President and CEO, Komatsu Mining Corp. (view slides)
  • Stacy Peterson, President & CEO, Connoils, LLC (view slides)

Moderator: Arthur Thomas, Associate Editor, BizTimes Media

Speakers at the 2019 Next Generation Manufacturing Summit

Following the presentations area manufacturing leaders shared their ideas and best practices at the following roundtable sessions:

  • Accessing Tax Savings in Your Facility and Operations
  • Best Practices: Turn Export Efforts Into Export Revenues
  • Building a Customer Experience Center to Drive Sales and Increase Customer Engagement
  • CBD – The Good, Bad and Ugly
  • Developing a Company Culture to Optimize Productivity
  • Graduating from Passionate Entrepreneur to Seasoned Mentor
  • How to find the hidden money in your business
  • Innovating the Quote-To-Cash Workflow with Design Automation
  • Maximizing your supplier’s capabilities – From local concept and design to global manufacturing.
  • Monetizing Your Facilities — Whether Expanding, Relocating or Just Remaining
  • Monetizing Your Innovation
  • Preparing for a Successful Business Transition & Leaving a Meaningful Legacy
  • Secrets of Successful Negotiations™
  • The Business Case for Sustainability
  • Transformational Productivity
  • Preserving the Business Through Succession and, If Family Owned, Estate Planning
  • Winning the War for Talent
  • Women in Manufacturing

Event Details

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • 7:00 – 11:00 AM
  • WI Manufacturing & Technology Show at Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park
  • $40/person, Table of 8/$320

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