Manufacturers to meet at summit

With live demonstrations, a trade show and a business showcase, the Western Colorado Manufacturing Summit is set to start at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Diane Schwenke said.

The summit will feature a number of presentations and breakout sessions “of benefit to every Western Slope manufacturer,” Schwenke said.

“People who attend will be in a room with leaders from all different types of manufacturing industries who know that in order to thrive, they need to lead the way,” Schwenke said.

Breakout sessions will equip manufacturers with the latest information on how worldwide economic trends are impacting the sector, she said.

“You will hear best practice examples on how to advance your operational excellence,” she said.

According to the previously announced schedule, presentations include:

■ Bart Taylor, Company Week Magazine, on the state of the region’s manufacturing sector;

■ Kathryn Lobdell, Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and Allen Shipes, BidSpeed, on ways to successfully bid for government contracts;

■ A representative from the Colorado Space Business Roundtable will lead a breakout session on how to do business within Colorado’s manufacturing industry.

■ Steve Pucket, Express Employment, on “The Most Dangerous Retention Mistakes Most Companies Make.”

Grand Junction is home to more than 200 different manufacturing businesses, according to the chamber.

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