MCAA - MCAA Industry Forum Draws Record Attendance of Industry Executives
The 2014 MCAA
Industry Forum drew a record attendance. 211 people to be exact. The meeting was replete with time for networking with colleagues and a program filled with excellent speakers on topics that hit at the core of our industry. Thanks go to all of the Planning Committee headed by John Schwin of Ham-Let USA.
Keynoter Rich Wells from Dow Chemical made a compelling case for why we need to reinvigorate manufacturing in the United States. Such action is an obvious win for MCAA member companies: a resurgence in manufacturing leads to growth in the
requirement for the instrumentation for manufacturing facilities—a bottom line issue for MCAA members. Wells also focused on Dow’s focus on creating the workers for these new advanced manufacturing facilities including improving teacher skills through study and mentoring; engaging students with hands-on learning; building confidence in all the STEM curricula; and advocating for higher performing schools at both the state the national levels. He noted that students don’t yet recognize that even an Associate’s Degree in a STEM area can usually pay more than a BA degree in a non-STEM subject. Dow is working collaboratively to create training facilities, internships and partnerships with instrumentation manufacturers.
Robert Stevenson energized the audience about Change. His many anecdotes about corporate FUBARS entertained the MCAA audience at the same