The Vermont Manufacturer’s Forum exists to serve as an informal opportunity for Vermont manufacturers to exchange ideas and discuss practical solutions to common operational problems. This includes lessons learned during their Lean journey, innovation or other system/solution implementation experiences, or to announce exciting new manufacturing capabilities and new products as well as to interact with potential customers.
Forums and Networking
See Upcoming Training page for information about upcoming forums and public trainings. Forum events are usually free and are held several times each year, generally at the site of a ‘host’ Vermont manufacturing company. The host company shares its unique experiences on a particular topic. From time to time, VMEC may arrange for a guest speaker/expert to present at a forum. Plant tours are frequently part of the forum experience and typically run three to four hours in duration. A sampling of past forum topics includes: TWI, The Visual Factory, Competing With Pull Systems, Engaging Employees in Moving the Business Forward, Sustaining Your Continuous Improvement Activities, Innovation, plus more. Click on the links below to view web pages, recordings or files of past forums:
- Maribel Morgan – Omni Medical Systems, COO presentation
- Karen Murray – VT Packinghouse, HR Manager presentation
- Michele Asch – Twincraft Skincare, Vice President, Leadership & Organizational Development presentation
- Shawn Barth – Vermont Department of Labor, Project WorkSAFE, Industrial Hygienist presentation
- Karl Hayden – Vermont Occupational Safety and Health Administration (VOSHA), Senior Occupational Health and Safety Compliance and Investigation Officer and GMVPP Program Coordinator presentation
- Tate Colbert – CX Associates, PE and Champlain Valley chapter of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Program Chair presentation
The inaugural Vermont Manufacturers forum was held on December 8, 2006 at IBM’s then Essex Junction plant. IBM, the Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development, the Vermont Training Program and VMEC had formed a “Lean Manufacturing Training Partnership” in September 2004, and the dramatic results of the IBM Essex Jct. continuous improvement effort – then just 2 years into their new Lean journey – were discussed.