The 2014 Manufacturing Summit


The Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance is pleased to host the second annual Manufacturing Summit. This summit will bring together hundreds of forward thinking executives and managers from across the state to share best practices, network, and develop new business opportunities for the manufacturing industry. The Manufacturing Summit is the only compact event of its kind in Colorado to bring together the thinkers and doers leading the industry forward in today’s ever-changing global economy.

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Manufacturing Summit Keynote


We are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker for the 2014 Manufacturing Summit: Jim Blass, Director of Global Product Validation for Caterpillar Corporation.

Mr. Blass is responsible for Global Product Validation including vehicle, engine, drivetrain, sound, dynamic, structural, and certifications. In addition, his responsibilities include oversight of the company’s product proving grounds, engine development testing, and component development testing.Jim has spent half his career in engineering and the other half in manufacturing. Prior to his current role he had ownership of five facilities and currently has 14 facilities across the globe. Under his leadership, the Aurora Plant received the highest Employee Engagement ratings in the plant’s history. He also attained the highest quality levels in the plant’s history for the products produced. With extensive experience in both manufacturing and product design, Jim holds 14 U.S. Patents and was awarded Caterpillar’s Innovator Award, 1 of only 88.

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Panel: Challenges and Opportunities in Manufacturing

Manufacturing is advancing – come hear from those leading it forward. This panel will include the experts who are charting a new direction in America’s exploration of space; revolutionizing the medical device industry; and, developing the technologies and processes necessary to sustain America’s manufacturing renaissance. This is your chance to gain valuable insights from those pushing the envelope to generate growth and stay ahead of the pack.

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Learn From Industry Experts

The CAMA Manufacturing Summit will feature eight Breakout Sessions designed to help you grow your business. These in depth and informative seminars were created to connect you with the best in manufacturing to advance.

Topics will include: Additive/3D Printing, Cyber Security, Industrial Automation, Marketing in the 21st Century, Optimizing IT, Planning for Expansion, Reducing Operating Costs, and the Technical Talent Pipeline.

CAMA has handpicked each panelist to provide you with the most information and value.

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About CAMA


As the only trade association in Colorado focused on manufacturing, CAMA aims to make manufacturing vogue all over the state. CAMA is working to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base here in Colorado for today and tomorrow. CAMA is connecting our young people to the promising career paths offered by manufacturing and ensuring a workforce pipeline to meet the needs of growing manufacturers.

CAMA strives to educate manufacturers through our “Advanced-U” programs with information and strategies that will help them better succeed. CAMA’s signature B2B Lounge connects people and businesses throughout the manufacturing industry to drive business development opportunities.

Our Program of Work focuses on specific activities that will Rebrand, Restructure, Rebuild, and Revitalize Colorado’s manufacturing sector. This Four “R” Program of Work has been designed to provide the tools necessary for manufacturing businesses to be successful while connecting the dots between the reasons for growing manufacturing business in Colorado, and the workforce necessary to support industry growth.

CAMA is an innovative business organization created by manufacturers for manufacturers. CAMA’s members understand that manufacturing doesn’t advance by chance, but by change.
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Strength in numbers…

CAMA utilizes the combined purchasing clout of its membership to develop strategic partnerships with the vendors necessary for success. Taking advantage of these programs will provide a savings that will more than off-set the cost of your annual CAMA dues. Click here to visit the Member Discount Page.Member-Discount-Logos2