Generac, Carmex execs headline 2018 Next Generation Manufacturing Summit

Event set for Oct. 4 at Generac headquarters

The 2017 Manufacturing Summit panel discussion.

A panel of executives from some of the region’s top manufacturers will discuss the keys to their success at BizTimes Media’s annual Next Generation Manufacturing Summit.

The 2017 Manufacturing Summit panel discussion.

The event, presented with Milwaukee 7, will take place from 7 a.m to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4, at the corporate headquarters of Generac Power Systems, S45 W29290 Highway 59.

Aaron Jagdfeld, Generac president and CEO, will participate in the panel discussion, along with Keith Coursin, president of Germantown-based Desert Aire, and Paul Woelbing and Rich Simonson of Franklin-based Carma Laboratories.

Each panelist will present briefly on their company. BizTimes manufacturing reporter Arthur Thomas will then moderate a discussion on current industry issues, including trade, technology and talent.

The morning will conclude with a series of roundtable discussions in which participants can learn strategies for improving their business. Topics include improving productivity, veterans in the workplace, staying ahead of technology disruption, product development and the Foxconn supply chain.

The roundtables will last for 25 minutes and each attendee will have the opportunity to participate in four discussions.

Registration for the event is now open and is limited to a maximum capacity of 300. Visit for more information.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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