Special Events

Don’t miss the special events scheduled for FABTECH 2014. Make plans to stop by the keynote presentations, panel discussions, AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials and join us for a special FABTECH Industry Night at the NEW College Football Hall of Fame. Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often, there’s more in store for FABTECH 2014 that you don’t want to miss!



Creating U.S. Jobs and Bringing Manufacturing Home

Speaker: Cindi Marsiglio, Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing, Walmart
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Walmart has committed to spending $250 billion dollars over the next decade on US made products. This effort will create thousands of manufacturing jobs across the United States, and will create new business for both existing and new Walmart suppliers.Walmart is currently working to engage hundreds of suppliers and manufacturers with specific states in an effort to overcome the complex challenges of bringing these valuable jobs back to the United States. This presentation will look at why this work is extremely important, both in terms of rebuilding the middle class, and providing customers with the best possible prices and quality.

Bridging the Manufacturing Skills Gap with Veterans 

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

There is a high demand for people to fill skilled manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and companies are challenged to find the right candidates for their open positions. At the same time, thousands of veterans and National Guard members are exiting military service looking for civilian careers. This session will discuss the gap between available jobs and the highly skilled veterans with desirable leadership qualities seeking employment.  Learn about the organizations and resources available to connect both sides and how veterans could be the key to bridging the skills gap.

Moderator: Shane Hicks, VP Global Talent, EPICOR

Panel: Michael J. Aroney MS, MBA, Principal Consultant, Allied Reliability Group
Joseph C. Barto III, Founder and President, TMG, Inc
Steve Nowlan, President and CEO, Center for America
Hernan Luis y Prado, President, Workshops For Warriors



Be the Best You Can Be

Speaker: Rocky Bleier Rocky Bleier (2)
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Four-time Super Bowl Champion and Vietnam War veteran, Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Rocky sees parallels between the challenges he faced in the past and the challenges all business people face in today’s crowded, competitive marketplace. His dynamic presentation, using real-life stories with a warm, self-reflective humor, will provide attendees with the drive to achieve their goals and improve their business. Don’t fumble away the opportunity to hear his inspiring message!

State of the Industry Executive Outlook

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The notable rebound of U.S. manufacturing activity has raised the question of whether
the sector might be experiencing a renaissance or just an up-tick? Drivers such as
healthcare costs, labor, government regulations, energy prices, and exchange rates are
just some of the factors impacting many of the businesses that attend FABTECH. Hear
manufacturing industry leaders who are faced with the same issues discuss how
they navigate these challenges to remain competitive in today’s economy. Join an
interactive Q & A afterward to ask questions and offer your perspective on the future of
the industry. Walk away with new insights that will guide your business decisions for
2015 and beyond.

Moderator: Edwin Stanley, VP Sales and Finance, GH Metal Solutions

Panel: Todd Henry, Operations, Manager, Caterpillar, Inc
Dave Whelan, SVP Supply Chain, Bluebird Corp

FT14_Industry_Party_promoFABTECH Industry Night

Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Join your industry for a night you won’t soon forget! Enjoy food and drinks while connecting with old friends and new peers at the brand new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, within walking distance to the GWCC. We expect this to be a sold-out event so be sure to purchase your tickets early when you register! If you are already registered, just access your current registration to add your Industry Night ticket.

Advance tickets for FABTECH attendees are $50, and includes admission to the College Football Hall of Fame, customized experience and cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. (Tickets are $75 if purchased after November 7).


AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials

AWS-welderTuesday, November 11, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 13, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials is a part of the AWS selection process to choose the TeamUSA Welding competitor for the 43rd WorldSkills Competition – São Paulo, Brazil in August 2015. Six of the top USA finalists will compete for the top three positions as the selection process continues after the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials. Medals will be awarded to all of the top finishers as six additional international teams have been invited to join the trials. Certainly only the highest three U.S. competitors will be eligible to become the TeamUSA welder, but the international competitors will be eligible to receive medals from the AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials. Come see the future global welding workforce in action at FABTECH.


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