APICS – the Association for Operations Management will present “Global Business: Opportunities & Challenges” seminar and dinner on Thursday, May 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Hank Aaron Room at Miller Park. Speakers at the event include Gary Les of Global Business Strategies LLC, John Warczak of H.B. Performance Systems Inc., Jane Hammarstrom of Brady Corp., Steven Iverson of Iverson Language Associates, Pradeep Nedungadi of Visthar LLC, and Sandi Siegel of M.E. Dey. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for non-members and $10 for students. For more information or to make a reservation, visit

The Center for Quick Response Manufacturing at the University of Wisconsin will hold its 9th Annual “International Conference on Quick Response Manufacturing” from Sunday, June 14 to Tuesday, June 16. The conference will include tutorials, real world case studies, and breakout sessions illustrating and analyzing how QRM’s focus on shorter lead times can provide a competitive advantage in a global marketplace. It will highlight QRM results and experiences at companies from a variety of industries and provides solutions for future QRM implementations. Click here for more information.


WMEP’s Manufacturing Matters! Conference will be held Tuesday, May 19 at the Midwest Airlines Center in Milwaukee. The conference will feature numerous workshops on next generation manufacturing and includes keynote speakers Tim Sanders, a consultant to Fortune 500 companies and former chief solutions officer at Yahoo, and Steven Little, a consultant and writer on small business growth. For more information, visit


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