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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.

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:

Employee Retention (June 22, 2021, 56 minutes)

Job Recruitment (June 3, 2021, 56 minutes)

COVID-19 Vaccination in the Workplace (April 29, 2021, 58 minutes)

Got COVID-19 fatigue in your workplace? We can help! (March 23, 2021, 56 minutes)

Practical Steps to Improve Ventilation and minimize COVID-19 Transmission (February 25, 2021, 58 minutes)

Pull System Transformation at American Meadows (November 11, 2020, 65 minutes)

Cybersecurity Challenges for Manufacturers When Working from Home (June 3, 2020) 

VT RETAIN forum – Supporting the Health of all VT workers (May 27, 2020)

Restarting Your Operations Check-in forum (May 20, 2020)

Return to Work Scenarios forum – Join VT Manufacturers and Health Care & Safety Professionals (May 13, 2020) 

VOSHA, Project WorkSAFE and VT Manufacturers forum (May 6, 2020)

Need Guidance on Restarting Your Manufacturing Operation? (May 1, 2020)

Continuous Improvement and Innovation Symposium – October 2019

BioTek Instruments, Inc. – Lean culture philosophies with a focus on Continuous Improvement – October 2019

Logic Supply utilizes continuous improvement efforts as a global leader in IoT – February 2019

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.