August 26, 2009

Krannert manufacturing conference to focus on strategies for dealing with the economic downturn

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Industry leaders, faculty and students will gather Sept. 25 at Purdue University to discuss how to thrive and not just survive in a down economy.

Krannert School of Management's Dauch Center for the Management of Manufacturing Enterprises and Global Supply Chain Management Initiative are sponsoring the 2009 Fall Operations Conference.

Ananth Iyer, director of the centers and the Susan Bulkeley Butler Chair in Operations Management, will lead the daylong conference.

Rich Meyer of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center will lead a session on manufacturers who are thriving despite the downturn. Joining him will be Arthur W. Jasen, president of B. Walter & Co. in Wabash, Ind. Jasen will share his success story.

Pam Norman, executive director of Indiana INTERNnet, will discuss how student interns can help a firm even in difficult times. Jeb Conrad, president of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, will talk about how the alternative energy industry can play a role in growing existing businesses along with spurring new businesses.

The conference also will feature the Student Internship Poster Competition. Students prepare posters describing their summer internship experiences and present them to the attending industry personnel for judging.

Iyer and Scott Brown, partner of Katz, Sapper & Miller accounting firm, will discuss the results of an annual survey of Indiana manufacturers.

The conference will be in Rawls Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is open to the public, but preregistration is required. To register or for more information, go to or call 765-494-4322.

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,  

Source: Mary Pilotte, 765-494-2860,

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