Penn State Behrend to host the Advanced Manufacturing Forum 2015

September 08, 2015

ERIE, Pa. -- For years, OEM has stood for original equipment manufacturer, but Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is prepared to redefine the age-old term.

“The Advanced Manufacturing Forum 2015 — Exploring a New Definition of OEM: Operational Excellence in Manufacturing” will be held Friday, Oct. 9, at the Ambassador Banquet & Conference Center, 7794 Peach St., Erie, Pa. The program is co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. This marks the first time that the forum will be held in Erie as it has previously been hosted by The Smeal College of Business at Penn State’s University Park campus.

Advanced manufacturing offers companies the potential to revolutionize their operations — reducing defects, raising productivity, speeding production, improving safety and everything in between. Forum attendees will learn how several IndustryWeek Best Plant winners have done just that by applying advanced manufacturing principles to their plants.

Former Best Plant winners who will make presentations include:

  • The Raymond Corporation (2014 winner)
  • ThermoFisher Scientific (2013 winner)
  • Harris Products Group (2012 winner)

Michael F. Molnar, director of the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office and the National Institute of Standards and Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce, is the forum’s keynote speaker. His presentation is titled “Building a New Partnership – Progress on the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation.”

The cost of the program is $175 per person. Companies choosing to send three or more individuals qualify for the discounted rate of $150 per person. The forum will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m.

For more information on the Advanced Manufacturing Forum or to register, visit

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Last Updated September 15, 2015