The Georgia Manufacturing Summit was a huge success. Over 300 industry professionals gathered to discuss the issues most important to Georgia manufacturers. The 2015 Summit was designed to support Georgia's manufacturing community. Industry leaders enjoyed networking with their peers as they shared their insight and recommendations. Ready to do it again?

Registration now open for the 2016 Georgia Manufacturing Summit

We are finalizing the keynote speakers and presenters for this year’s conference. The 2016 Summit will have a power packed agenda, including several break-out training sessions that will address the challenges faced by manufacturers in Georgia. A very limited number of exhibit booths are still available for sponsors - click here to get more sponsorship details.

Register today for the best price on the 2016 summit.

The 2015 Summit Exceeded All Expectations

The inaugural Georgia Manufacturing Summit was held on Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, with an overflow crowd filling the Cobb Galleria as leaders gathered to network and learn from other industry experts. Keynote presentations were provided by top executives from KIA and Blue Bird Corporation.

 

“I believe that the Georgia Manufacturing Summit is exactly what is needed to create local connections and build a strong sense of community in this industry. By supporting each other, Georgia manufacturers are growing their businesses and positioning Georgia as the leader in the re-birth of manufacturing in our county.” said Jason Moss CEO Georgia Manufacturing Alliance (GMA)

A sold-out audience learned valuable lessons from the keynote speakers at the 2015 Georgia Manufacturing Summit.


Phil Horlock, CEO Blue Bird Corporation
Mr. Horlock spoke about "What's Going On at Blue Bird?". He shared some interesting facts about the school bus industry and their journey of becoming a publicly-traded company. The crowd was intrigued by the story of Blue Birds journey from having 21% market share of school bus sales in Georgia during 2011 to now dominating the state with over 62% market share in 2015.


Randy Jackson, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG)
Randy was the afternoon keynote speaker. Mr. Jackson was the first American hired at KMMG. Currently KMMG has created more than 15,000 jobs in West Georgia. Randy attributed much of the success to the corporate culture - “The Kia Way.” By building on a foundation of trust, all team members are encouraged to have open communication about anything that happens in the plant. “Effective two-way communication is critical when you operate on a just in time model with only four hours of inventory and rolling a new car off the line every 57 seconds. It all starts with a one system, one team approach, all pulling in the same direction,” said Jackson.


Jason Moss, CEO of Georgia Manufacturing Alliance
“The summit was a huge success. The speakers and attendance exceeded all expectations. We are already gearing up for 2016 and have secured more space so that we can accommodate the demand. GMA is here to support Georgia’s manufacturing community,” said Moss.

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Photos by Jan Stittleburg of JS PhotoFX