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Building & Investing in Your Manufacturing Workforce Development Supply Chain

March 26 @ 9:30 am 1:30 pm EDT

Manufacturers are invited to learn from your peers in the industry and share best practices!


Discussion includes:

  • Manufacturers who have utilized traditional workforce resources, including the advantages of working with the Technical College System of Georgia, the benefits, determining roles that are needed and implementation of development.
  • Utilizing workforce investment training such as US DOL Apprenticeships, ESL and Customized Maintenance Training.
  • Manufacturers who have engaged alternative workforce development pipelines within their operations to strengthen internal and external pipelines.
  • Recruiting and career pathway mapping strategies for high school students.
  • Monetary incentives available for manufacturers incorporating apprenticeships, alternative workforce pipelines, training and internships into their workforce.
  • Legal guidelines for including high school students in your workforce pipeline.
  • Speakers include leadership with manufacturing companies, the TCSG, and alternative workforce development organizations. 


    Developing the Pipeline – Manufacturing Community Resources
  • Mary Carson, HR Manager, Toyota-Denso Compressor Georgia
  • Tim Miller, Senior Manager Training, Kubota
  • Terry Spicer, Community Relations & Development Leader, Kings Hawaiian
  • Discussion Leader: Lisa Winton, CEO, Winton Machine

    Developing the Pipeline – Creating Alternative Pipelines
  • Dr. Jodi Ford, Director of Career Technical & Higher Education, Georgia Department of Corrections
  • Ann Hall, HR Manager, CKS Packaging
  • Dean Paul Hart, President, Compac Industries
  • Abe Heller, Director First Step Staffing
  • Jairo De Jesus, Senior Director of Operations, Sugar Bowl Bakery
  • Michael McCullough, SVP Supply Chain, WellStar
  • Pat Royak, Board Member, Tommy Nobis Center
  • Michael Thompson, Owner, Amplio
  • John Zegers, Region Manager, GA MEP
  • Discussion Leader: Kim Wallace, President East Coast Region, Employbridge

    Legal Considerations for Incorporating High School Students in Your Manufacturing Workforce
  • Michelle Johnson, Partner, Nelson Mullins

    2023 Georgia Manufacturing Workforce Needs Report
  • Stephanie Scearce, Director of Workforce Development, Georgia Association of Manufacturers

    Developing the Pipeline – Engaging Students in Your Community
  • Matthew Chester, Learning & Development Leader, BTD Manufacturing
  • Gale Dale, HR Manager, John Souls Foods
  • Jeynci Galo, PSM Coordinator, John Souls Foods
  • Cole Kaminski, Talent Acquisiton Specialist, Kubota
  • Janet Jackson, HR Manager, BTD Manufacturing
  • Jason Lemley, Director of Community Engagement, Lumpkin County Schools
  • Paula Cooper, WBL Coordinator/CTAE, Lumpkin County Schools
  • Discussion Leader: Cory Addison, Director of Business & Industry Training, Lanier Technical College


    Next Generation Manufacturing Events are open to executives, senior management and directors of manufacturing companies unless otherwise noted. 

Regina Maddox

Lanier Technical College, Gainesville, GA

2535 Lanier Tech Drive
Gainesville, Georgia 30507 United States
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$40 includes program discussions & materials, lunch and tour of Lanier Tech manufacturing labs.