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The challenge for CEOs in embracing what McKinsey calls “Industry 4.0” is that while there are pockets of world class excellence, many small and mid-size manufacturers need to accelerate their progress in key areas if they are to remain competitive.

U.S. manufacturing leaders are keenly aware of the importance of digitizing their enterprises, and also of how far many of them have to go.  According to a survey of 180 leading U.S. manufacturers by the Digital Manufacturing & Design Innovation Institute, four fifths said that digital operations are a “critical driver of every organization’s manufacturing competitiveness.” And 61 percent said digital is “a senior leadership priority.” But only 13 percent said their organization has “digital manufacturing capability today.”

This event will help leaders focus on what needs to be done –and how to achieve it.

Join peer CEOs at Chief Executive’s 4th annual Smart Manufacturing Summit, April 6-7 2016, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Manufacturing CEOs will discuss the key strategies, tactics and opportunities in 21st century manufacturing.

Co-hosted by Harley-Davidson, CEO Matthew S. Levatich will be a featured speaker. Participants will also enjoy a tour of Harley Davidson’s Pilgrim Road engine production facility.


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Dean Bartles

Executive Director>br<Design and Manufacturing Innovation Institute (DMDII)

Patrick Dempsey

President and CEO>br<Barnes Group

Ted Doheny

President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy Global

Matthew S. Levatich

President and CEO>br<Harley-Davidson

Chuck Nugent

Sourcing General Manager for GE Aviation Procurement Operations

Fernando Palacios

Executive Vice President and Chief Integrated Supply Chain Officer>br<MillerCoors

Nicholas T. Pinchuk

Chairman and CEO>br<Snap-on, Inc.

Rick Smith

President>br<The Additive Manufacturing Council

Todd Teske

Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Briggs & Stratton Corporation

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Roundtable Discussions

Delegates can choose from a variety of discussion topics including:
  • Lean Manufacturing - What’s Next
  • Supply Chain Management in the Digital Age
  • Managing the Talent Pipeline
  • The Impact of IofT on Manufactured Products and Process


Smart Design and Production

 - The Impact of  3D Printing, Robotics and   Software on Speed, Quality, Customization and Cost Improvements

Factory Tour of GE Healthcare

advanced manufacturing facility at Electric Avenue and Briefing on Lean  and Smart Manufacturing Journeys

Solutions Exchanges

Breakout discussion groups on topics participants select from including:
  • Recruiting Success Strategies
  • Evaluation and Integrating 3D Printing, Robotics, and New Software Solutions
  • Continuous Improvement: What’s Working Now

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Harley Davidson plant

Harley-Davidson’s Pilgrim Road Plant

We’ll walk the factory floor and see state-of-the-art manufacturing at work in Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s 912,000 square-foot Pilgrim Road Powertrain Operations facility.  The plant manufactures 69 variations of powertrains, including Harley’s legendary “Big Twin” engines and transmissions that are used in Harley’s Touring, Softail,® Dyna® and Sportster® model families.  Quality is crucial, and Pilgrim Road operates at an impressive 96% productivity rate for first-pass yield.


Harley-Davidson Museum

History roars to life at the Harley-Davidson Museum. It’s the best of American design and culture – seasoned with freedom and rebellion – housed in a landmark building on a 20-acre campus.  You’ll get up close to more than 450 motorcycles and artifacts, including Serial Number One, the oldest known Harley-Davidson motorcycle.  You’ll experience stories of extraordinary products, people, history, and Harley-Davidson culture – and a shop that is not to be missed.


Pfister Hotel

Built in 1893, the Pfister has been a Milwaukee icon for over a century.  Matching gracious service, impeccable style and modern rooms and technology, the Pfister is one of the Midwest’s premier luxury hotels. The hotel will serve as our base and host most the Summit’s general and breakout sessions.

venue Miller Coors Inn

Miller Inn & Historic Miller Caves

We will experience a guided beer tasting in the historic caves where Frederick J. Miller stored his earliest brews. The ambiance is perfect for beer aficionado and is located adjacent to the Miller Inn, where we will adjourn for dinner and networkingThe Inn features old-world charm, including stained glass windows, treasured antique steins and inspired woodwork.

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