A Publication of WTVP

Today’s successful manufacturers are flexible, efficient and innovative. Their products and services are easily differentiated from others in the market. They deliver on time, every time, with world-class quality. Their corporate cultures encourage and support continuous improvement.

And yet, why is it that some Peoria-area companies are able to break through while other companies with seemingly the same challenges do not? How do some local manufacturers successfully cope with competitive pressures, rising costs and consolidated supply chains, and still remain competitive?

The answers vary, but a few key themes emerge. Companies whose leaders commit to consistently updating the skills of their employees are often in the best position to succeed. They benchmark against other successful leaders and invest in proven, best practices.

IMEC has designed a unique conference experience that delivers world-class networking, education and productivity-enhancing tools to progressive manufacturing leaders. If you’re looking to distance your company from the competition, join more than 300 other manufacturing leaders in Peoria on May 8-9 for Manufacturing Matters! 2007.

The conference features 25 content-rich workshops, session facilitation by IMEC’s expert staff and leading manufacturing service providers, and dynamic keynotes and workshops by John Brandt and Doug Hall. Brandt’s keynote address is titled Speed, Focus & Results: Achieving Market Leadership Through Superior Customer, Employee and Supplier Execution. He is the founder and CEO of the Manufacturing Performance Institute, former editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek and an expert on how companies and communities can adapt themselves to the realities of new markets, corporate structures and customer expectations. Doug Hall is a best-selling author, radio show host and the founder and CEO of the Eureka! Ranch, an innovation consultancy that has helped companies like Nike, Walt Disney and American Express. His keynote address is titled Made in the USA: Think Smarter and More Creatively about Topline Growth.

Conference sponsors include Caterpillar, Clifton Gunderson, Vistage, DCEO, Deere & Company, CGN Business Performance Consulting, Ameren, IMA, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Ice- Centric and the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association (FMA). Check out for the agenda and registration fees. Walkups are welcome! IBI