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Press Release from Peak Performance, Inc.

The Smart Factory Institute will be hosting its first event on October 21st, the 7th Annual Peak Performance Symposium, for manufacturers, by manufacturers. The event will take place at the WACKER Institute on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College from 10:00am - 3:00pm.

This year's event, themed, 'Maintaining Competitive Manufacturing Operations: Using Innovative Technology to Build a Skilled Workforce and Create Resilient, Networked Supply Chains', brings in an exciting line-up of industry professionals from U.S. Express, WACKER, DENSO, Volkswagen Chattanooga, UTC, Chattanooga State, and Chattanooga Endeavors, speaking on topics related to supply chain, smart workers, creating technology roadmaps, and how COVID-19 is affecting recruitment and employee retention. Also joining the line-up as the Keynote, is former Chattanooga Mayoral candidate, Wade Hinton, kicking off the event, speaking on how diversity, equity, and inclusion being a part of the solution to fill the skilled labor shortage that manufacturing and general business industry is currently facing.



10:00am Registration & Networking

10:30am Welcome: How COVID is Changing Business & Industry by Denise Rice, President & CEO, Peak Performance

10:45am Keynote: Advancing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Business by Wade Hinton, Attorney, Executive, & Inclusion Leader

America is facing a skilled labor shortage in not only manufacturing but in the general business industry as well. Hear Wade speak on how diversity, equity, and inclusion can be part of the solution to fill this labor gap.
11:15am - Break

11:30am Session 1: Creative Solutions to Supply Chain Challenges by Eric Fuller, President & CEO, U.S. Express

The ongoing pandemic has highlighted structural problems in global supply chains. Hear Eric discuss how U.S. Express is embracing digital capabilities that will protect supply chains and create resilience against future disruptions.

12:00pm - Break
12:15pm Lunch & Panel Discussion: How COVID Has Impacted Employee Recruitment & Retention

Dr. Chris Cunningham, UC Professor of Psychology, UTC

Ardena Garth Hicks, President, Chattanooga Endeavors

Burkhard Ulrich, Senior VP of Human Resources, Volkswagen Chattanooga

The pandemic has shifted a major sector of the workforce in ways we did not anticipate. Hear from HR experts on how COVID is impacting employee safety & health and the impact it is having on employee retention.

1:00pm - Break

1:15pm Session2: The Smart Worker for the Smart Factory by Theresa Cassem, Senior HR Manager, WACKER Chemical Corporation & Tre Powell, Dean, Chattanooga State Community College

Technology and automation are driving change in the skills needed for manufacturing operators, underscoring that people are at the core of technology adoption. WACKER and Chattanooga State share their insights on developing technical skills of incumbent workers to fill these imperative roles.

1:45pm - Break

2:00pm Session 3: Developing Your Technology Roadmap by Chris Owen, Head of Analytics, R&D, Standards & Compliance, and Cyber-Security, DENSO

Industry 4.0 is sure to have an impact on manufacturing processes, but where and how do you start? Hear how to design a technology roadmap that is achievable and sustainable with a high degree of confidence of implementation success.

2:30pm - Break

2:40pm Tour of the WACKER Institute by Tre Powell, Dean, Chattanooga State Community College

3:00pm - Adjourn


Manufacturer (In-Person Attendance) | $75

Manufacturer Group of Six (6) | $300

Non-Manufacturer (In-Person Attendance | $125

Virtual (Online Attendance) | $25


Event is limited to 50 in-person tickets. When all 50 tickets are sold, all others will have to attend virtually.

If you are a member of any of the following associations, reach out to us for discount ticket codes:

Tennessee Manufacturers Association (TMA), Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association (CRMA), Cleveland Associated Industries (CAI), California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA), Indiana Manufacturers Association (IMA)

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