CEOs to share insights at Manufacturing Summit

A panel of accomplished chief executive officers will discuss the challenges and opportunities for competing in a global economy at the 2014 BizTimes Manufacturing Summit.

Executives from manufacturing companies throughout Wisconsin are invited to attend the breakfast event, which will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Pewaukee headquarters of Harken Inc.

The executives on the panel will be:

• Katherine Gehl, chief executive officer of Gehl Foods Inc., Germantown

• Paul Grangaard, chief executive officer of Allen Edmonds Shoe Corp., Port Washington.

• Frank Krejci, chief executive officer of Strattec Security Corp., Milwaukee.

• Austin Ramirez, chief executive officer of HUSCO International Inc., Pewaukee.

The panel will discuss a wide range of topics, including global competition, onshoring, lean manufacturing, supply chain management, commodity costs, innovation, brand development, quality control, robotics and staff recruitment and development.

I am looking forward to moderating the discussion. To register to attend, visit

Steve Jagler is executive editor of BizTimes.

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