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Thursday | October 3 | 8:00 AM – 8:50 AM | Room 324 | Track: Manufacturing, Technology & Innovation

According to a recent study, 54% of US manufacturers over $1 billion in revenue are considering Reshoring some or all of their manufacturing.  Manufacturing is essential to sustaining our middle class and our economy. But it’s not as easy and you may think. It requires strategy, planning and a commitment to invest. Rethinking manufacturing processes, factory design, automation, and finding workers with new skills are today’s manufacturer’s challenges. A new day is dawning in factories across America as we embrace advanced manufacturing. This is NOT your grandfather’s manufacturing. In this session, attendees will learn:

  • The state of the current global manufacturing environment
  • What strategies and technologies to consider for the future and manufacturing
  • Why it makes economic sense to have a global strategy


Randy Austin
Director, Product Line Management
Scholle IPN

Randy Austin is the North American Director of Product Line at Scholle IPN. A native of North Carolina and graduate of Duke University and Wake Forest School of Business, Randy is currently based in Chicago. With over 12 years of flexible packaging experience working with industry leading beverage brands, Randy is excited to talk with participants about the untapped opportunities in retail and foodservice within the coffee, tea and water marketplace.