Business Practices

Manufacturing Day Best Practices

Session Date: Wednesday, October 4th

Session Time: 8:00am – 8:50am

A panel discussion on career technical education (CTE) best practices from SMI member companies, including how spring companies can benefit from participating in Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) held annually in October.

Introductions:            Mike Betts, Betts Company

Moderator:                 Jim Parsons, Myers Spring Co., Inc.

Speaker:                     Tony Pesaresi, Winamac Coil Spring, Inc.

Speaker:                     Felicia Williams, LEE Spring

Speaker:                     Jay Dunwell, Wolverine Spring

Speaker:                     Mark Theis, Spiros Industries


Overview of Rockford Systems Safety Services

Session Date: Wednesday, October 4th

Session Time: 9:00am – 9:50am


Rockford Systems delivers innovative machine safeguarding solutions for organizations working with industrial machinery. According to OSHA statistics, nearly 18,000 workers in metal fabricating plants suffer non-fatal injuries annually in the United States. Even with strict machine and operator safety regulations in place, unguarded hazardous machinery remains a major source of fatalities, amputations and other traumatic injuries in manufacturing plants. Get an overview of how Rockford Systems, the experts at machine guarding, can help you prevent injuries and fatalities.

Moderator:                 Laura Rhodes, SMI

Speaker:                    Matt Brenner, Rockford Systems, LLC


Solar Power

Session Date: Thursday, October 5th

Session Time: 8:00am – 8:50am


In 2015, the D.R. Templeman Company installed a Solar Photovoltaic Electric Generating System designed to provide, on an annual basis, 100 percent of the company’s electric power usage. In this session, Williams will share his company’s experience, the reasons behind its decision and some things to watch out for.

Speaker:                     Richard Williams, D.R. Templeman Co.


Marketing Quality Management

Session Date: Thursday, October 5th

Session Time: 9:00am – 9:50am


The scrutiny of process and measures on the factory floor has brought not only quality, but predictability and efficiency for both manufacturers and their customers. Yet when the same question of predictability and efficiency are posed to the marketing and business development side of the house, the answers often are less clear. This session explores viable models and measures for marketing process and why managers treat marketing process differently than operating processes. The goal is that participants leave with ideas for growing accountability and productivity in the front office.

Speaker:                     Charles Reese, Accelerated Achievements