Top speakers will address manufacturing conference

Several top-notch manufacturing and supply chain specialists have joined the list of speakers at the Automotive News Manufacturing Conference next month.

The conference is scheduled for May 16-18 in Nashville.

Among the speakers:

  • John Miller, vice president of purchasing, Nissan North America Inc.

  • John Kalson, director of production, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.

  • Ron Harbour, president, Harbour Consulting, one of the industry's foremost analysts of manufacturing efficiency.

  • William Diehl, newly appointed head of international business advisory firm BBK, which often helps distressed automotive suppliers.

The four will speak on May 17. Keynote speakers at a gala dinner that night will be Bo Andersson, General Motors' global purchasing boss, and Bill Krueger, Nissan North America's new head of manufacturing and supply chain management. In addition, Suppliers' Choice Awards will be presented during the conference. The awards, given to vehicle manufacturers that best encourage, implement and reward suppliers' innovations, are based on results of a survey by J.D. Power and Associates.

Be there
What: Automotive News Manufacturing Conference
When: May 16-18
Where: Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville
Cost: $995
For information: 313-446-0485 or
Host sponsors: Deloitte and Tennessee Economic and Community Development

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