Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit

TRAVERSE CITY — More than 40 regional manufacturers will discuss igniting the manufacturing base and economy at the fourth annual Northern Michigan Manufacturing Summit from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 6 at NMC's Hagerty Center.

Free to manufacturers, the summit begins with breakfast at 7: 30 a.m. The program begins at 8 a.m. with keynote speakers John, Mark and David Vantongeren, owners of Grand Rapids-based Ferris Nut and Coffee. They will discuss the transformation of their nearly century-old business from a small family operation into a considerable employer in the Grand Rapids area.

The summit also offers three breakout sessions. Attendees will rotate through all three.

  • Digital Movement – What to know to stay competitive in the advanced manufacturing world
  • Continuous Improvement – Learn from companies that have fostered a culture of CI, and unlocked next-level business results
  • Talent Development – How to start an internship program and the benefits of doing so.

The summit is offered by the Grand Traverse Area Manufacturing Council, a volunteer-led organization founded in 2012 to support the region's manufacturing industries, foster collaboration and inspire the next generation of manufacturing talent. For more information or to register, contact Matt Schwarze at

Release Date: February 26, 2018

For more information:

Matt Schwarze
Northwestern Michigan College
(231) 995-2009



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