The Transformation of Manufacturing Tour Across TN Begins February 2nd

Press Release from Peak Performance, Inc.

Join industry experts and report author in first of three-stop live tour across Tennessee as they discuss impacts of technology on manufacturing and the workforce

The manufacturing industry in North America is undergoing its fourth evolution into a high-technology, digitalized, and data-driven industry. This Industry 4.0 period began long before the COVID-19 pandemic affected global society but has been accelerated in response to many of the challenges associated with it. In this report, we examine and explore the current manufacturing industry in North America and the challenges and opportunities it faces as adoption of Industry 4.0 thinking, tools, standards, and processes becomes more widespread.

In the first of this three-part series, experts will discuss key findings of the report and recommendations for Tennessee manufacturers and all North American manufacturers—including the critical need for widespread workforce development efforts to prepare the existing and emerging workforce for Industry 4.0 technologies and processes. A timely and relevant discussion as Tennessee recruited 130 projects in 2021 alone, resulting in more than 34,000 new job commitments from companies like Ford Motor Company, Thermo Fisher Scientific, NOVONIX and Smith & Wesson.


Mary Beth Hudson , Executive Director, Smart Factory Institute, Peak Performance, Inc.

Denise Rice , President & CEO, Manufacturing Consultant, Peak Performance, Inc.

Dr. Chris Cunningham , PhD, UC Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Each session builds on the prior session. In-person and virtual attendance options available.

Join us in-person at your local session and virtually for the other two sessions!

*Sessions are free to attend, registration required.

Session 1: Workforce Dynamics and Industry Trends

February 2, 2022, 7:30am - 8:30am (CT)/8:30 - 9:30am (ET)

Location: Jackson Chamber of Commerce

197 Auditorium Street, Jackson, TN 38301

Virtual Attendance Only

REGISTER NOW - Session 1

Session 2: Industry 4.0 Impact on the Worker

February 9, 2022, 7:30am - 8:30am (CT)/8:30 - 9:30am (ET)

Location: LIVE from the Smart Factory Institute

Chattanooga, TN

Virtual Attendance Only

REGISTER NOW - Session 2

Session 3: Achieving Industry 4.0 Organizational Success

February 16, 2022, 7:30am - 8:30am (CT)/8:30 - 9:30am (ET)

Location: TCAT Smyrna/Nissan Training Center

663 Ken Pilkerton Dr., Smyrna, TN 37167

In-Person & Virtual Attendance Options Available


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