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Advanced Manufacturing Forum Celebrates 75th Meeting with Continued Focus on Sustainability

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum, hosted by the Penn State Smeal College of Business’ Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change (CMTOC), celebrated its 75th gathering at the end of last month at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in State College, Pa.
April 24, 2014

The Advanced Manufacturing Forum, hosted by the Penn State Smeal College of Business’ Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change (CMTOC), celebrated its 75th gathering at the end of last month at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in State College, Pa.

“Companies who practice sustainability are more profitable because they exhibit good management and operational excellence and make products that enhance their customer’s sustainability.”

The forum convenes twice per year to address management issues in the implementation of new manufacturing practices and technologies. Based around themes that are currently important to the industry, the last several forums have focused on sustainability.

“There are a number of sustainability-related concerns that affect manufacturing and its management,” said Gerald Susman, director of the CMTOC and of Smeal’s Sustainability Council. “Sustainable manufacturing is aligned with lean manufacturing in that sustainable reductions add to the bottom line.”

Presentation topics at the 75th Advanced Manufacturing Forum ranged from using data to make plant processes more sustainable, reducing carbon dioxide in plant operations, using supply chain to reduce environmental footprint, and more.

“Companies who practice sustainability are more profitable,” said Susman, “because they exhibit good management and operational excellence and make products that enhance their customer’s sustainability.”

He continued, “And it makes good economic sense in a broad way—not just within one’s own business.”

The 75th Advanced Manufacturing Forum presenters included Daniel Marascalchi, vice president, global operations at Harris Products Group/Lincoln Electric Company; Energy and Sustainability Manager Dan Cassidy and Bill Mullen, director of MD&D Facilities Regional Lead East of Johnson & Johnson; Darrell Edwards, senior vice president of operations at La-Z-Boy; and Mark Cacciatore, vice president of manufacturing at Campbell Soup Company.

About the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change
The Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change aims to identify organizational and management issues associated with the introduction of new technology, to design and conduct research that generates both theory and practical knowledge for dealing with such issues, and to disseminate research results by a variety of media to the business, research, and educational communities. The Advanced Manufacturing Forum is held twice per year to bring industry and academia together to discuss the latest trends and issues. For more information, visit www.smeal.psu.edu/research/cmtoc.

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