Komatsu, Twin Disc and Badger Meter CEOs to headline BizTimes manufacturing event

To be held on Oct. 9

The 2018 BizTimes Next Generation Manufacturing Summit
Panelists at the Next Generation Manufacturing Summit

The chief executives of Komatsu Mining Corp., Twin Disc Inc. and Badger Meter Inc. will headline the ninth annual BizTimes Next Generation Manufacturing Summit on Oct. 9.

Bill Berrien, chief executive officer of New Berlin-based Pindel Global Precision, and Stacy Peterson, president and CEO of Big Bend-based Connoils LLC, will also be featured speakers during the morning’s panel discussion.

“We’re excited to have a great lineup of speakers for our annual manufacturing event,” said Dan Meyer, publisher of BizTimes Media. “Manufacturing is such an important industry for southeastern Wisconsin and attendees will have an opportunity to hear and learn from industry leaders and experts.”

Taking place at the Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show, the event will focus on the connections shaping the future for manufacturers, including connections to other companies, between machines, across markets and economies and to the future workforce.

BizTimes associate editor Arthur Thomas will moderate a panel discussion featuring Berrien, Peterson, Jeffrey Dawes, president and CEO of Komatsu Mining, Ken Bockhorst, president and CEO of Badger Meter, and John Batten, president and CEO of Twin Disc.

The event will also feature roundtable discussions with the area’s leading manufacturers sharing best practices in growth through international trade, bringing more women into the industry, navigating tariffs, business transitions, leadership development, new product development and managing growth.

The Next Generation Manufacturing Summit will run 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct 9 at the Wisconsin Exposition Center at State Fair Park in West Allis.

Registration for the event is now open.

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Arthur Thomas
Arthur covers manufacturing for 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.