Registration for the 2019 Operations Managers Meeting Is Now Open

This year’s Operations Managers Meeting tackles workforce issues head on. Is your company looking to partner with local organizations like community colleges or economic development organizations to grow your manufacturing workforce? We’ve got an expert on that. Thinking about automation or robotics to take over some of that previously human labor on your shop floor? We’ve got the latest information on that. Worried about the impact of tariffs and trade instability on your workforce and customers? We’ve got you covered! With plant tours of M&B Metal Products and Vulcan Steel Products, and Roundtable Discussions, you won’t want to miss it. Join us in the Magic City – Birmingham, Alabama – this October.


Workforce Development: Partnerships that Work

George Carter, President of Manufacture Alabama, will be on hand to talk partnerships – leveraging existing resources and creating new ones to build a local manufacturing workforce.

Robotics and Automation – an Essential Element of the Workforce Equation

M&B Metal Products will be showcasing material handling robotics and other cost saving automation. We will hear from Arnar Thors, of the robotics and automation company Fitz-Thors, about the variety of new options for improving your processes and efficiency. With the workforce “retirement bomb” on the horizon, your company needs 21st century solutions.

Tariffs and Trade

Section 232 Steel Tariffs, Product Exclusion requests, China Tariffs, Auto Tariffs, USMCA passage…how do you keep it all straight? How do the tariff programs and retaliation by other countries effect you and your customers? Kimberly Korbel, AWPA Executive Director, will provide information and take your questions about the current tariff environment.

Supplier Presentation: TRAXIT North America

In the past few years the world market has shown that competitiveness is stronger than ever. Join us to learn about the new wire drawing lubricant technologies that TRAXIT is bringing to the American Market to help wire drawers increase productivity.

Operations Managers Meeting

October 15-16, 2019

Registration information here.

Make hotel reservations here.


Early Bird Registration – On or Before September 20, 2019             $375

Late Registration – After September 20, 2019                                 $400


Make your hotel reservations by September 23, and get our discounted rate of $129/night.