Manufacturing Summit Brings Great Minds Together For Kansas

Scott Smathers, VP of Workforce Relations for the Kansas Board of Regents, giving a speech on sustainability and efficiency

The Kansas Manufacturing Summit boasted an impressive turnout at the WSU Tech campus in Wichita earlier this week.

More than one hundred manufacturing professionals from all across the state came together to hear advice from industry leaders, network, and learn about the newest innovations in Kansas manufacturing.

There were presentations on a wide range of topics all throughout the day. Lectures either involved one speaker or a panel of several experts.

There were several exhibits on display (pictured below) from local Kansas businesses and manufacturing groups, including representatives from the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Principal Financial, The Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC), KANSASWORKS, and Rocking M Media.

Tiffany Stovall, CEO of MAMTC, was excited at the opportunity the event created for Manufacturers in Kansas.

Speakers for the event included several professionals from various sectors of the manufacturing industry. Paul Jonas, Director of Technology Development for National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR), gave a presentation on new 3D technology that will impact Kansas manufacturing, including augmented reality, additive manufacturing (commonly referred to as 3D Printing), and robotic automation.

Jonas then sat in on a panel discussion with Darin Greseth, CEO, President and Chairman of BG Products, Inc., who discussed how 3D technologies have impacted his business. He was very happy with the Summit, as a whole.

“The Summit was a great success,” Greseth said. “The level of expertise on several unique topics was excellent. The information shared inspired each attendee to further evaluate their businesses for future growth, productivity and workforce development.  I look forward to the next Summit for even more insight.”

Darin Greseth (left) and Paul Jonas (right) answering a question during a panel discussion on Automation and 3D Technology

Later in the day, there was a panel on cyber security. Samuel Alva, Director of Business Development for Tricorps Security, told several stories of ways in which businesses could become compromised. He gave advice on how to keep a company safe, which included knowing your employees, being on the lookout for phishing emails, and even being more careful about where you leave your business cards.

Samuel Alva giving helpful tips on keeping businesses safe from cyber attacks

The attendees gathered outside the lecture hall and talked after the lectures had all concluded. The room was lively with networking and business card exchanges. Many guests indicated their excitement to come back next year.


The event was made possible by several Kansas businesses who sponsored the event. These include:


Platinum Level Sponsors

  • Cox Communications
  • Kansas Gas Service
  • Koch Industries
  • NextEra Energy
  • Rocking M Media


Gold Level Sponsors

  • AT&T
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield KS
  • BKD
  • Holly Frontier
  • ITC


Silver Level Sponsor

  • Baker Tilly
  • Principal



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