Special Events

Don’t miss the special events scheduled for FABTECH 2014. Kick off your trip and join the Run4Mfg 5K run to benefit the manufacturing industry on Monday, November 10. While at the show, November 11-13, make plans to stop by the keynote presentations, panel discussions, AWS U.S. Invitational Weld Trials, Additive Manufacturng/3D Printing Resource Center 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!


Location: Centennial Olympic Park
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join the FABTECH cosponsors, FMA, AWS, SME, PMA and CCAI at the 3rd Annual RUN4MFG 5K and show your support for the future of manufacturing! You can get  involved by either participating or sponsoring the event. The course route proceeds through the heart of downtown Atlanta at their most famous landmark, Centennial Olympic Park. The Park’s Fountain of Rings plaza and Great Lawn provide a spectacular setting for a downtown run and the skyline serves as a beautiful backdrop. Proceeds benefit manufacturing industry foundations through scholarships, summer manufacturing camps for students and educational programs.



Creating U.S. Jobs and Bringing Manufacturing Home

Speaker: Cindi Marsiglio, Vice President, U.S. Manufacturing, WalmartCindi Marsiglio_0005
Location: Thomas Murphy Ballroom
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 

Location: Room C101, Building C Level 1
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: Dan Davis, FMA Editor-In-Chief, The FABRICATOR

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

Changing the Way American Employers Think About Vets 

Speaker: Joseph C. Barto III, Founder and President, TMG, Inc.
Location: Room C101, Building C Level 1
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Looking to recapitalize your workforce through the  hiring and training of American Veterans? Through  this workshop, attendees will learn how to apply  leadership, training and use of the Lean tool kit to  produce engaged teammates transitioning out of the military into the civilian workforce which will result  in lower attrition rates, increased engagement, and  increased business performance. Move your business  forward with new insight and the knowledge on  how to design, develop and implement a Vet Talent
Pipeline to your specific operation.



Be the Best You Can Be

Speaker: Rocky Bleier Rocky Bleier (2)
Location: Thomas Murphy Ballroom
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Four-time Super Bowl Champion and Vietnam War veteran, Rocky Bleier motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. Bleier 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!

Big Data Integration for Manufacturing

Speaker: Mike Walton, Head of Manufacturing, Google for Work
Location: “Hangout with Google”, Building B Lobby Area on 2nd Level
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Join Google’s Mike Walton and the Google Engineering team for an in-depth demonstration of big data integration for manufacturing. We’re all pushing the boundaries of our technological comfort zones, whether it’s automation of on-floor machinery, or when our kids force us to adopt the latest productivity app. Let Google guide you through the latest insights from various industry players, and see how real companies are meeting the challenges they face on a daily basis.

State of the Industry Executive Outlook

Location: Room C101, Building C Level 1
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.
Wolfgang Rubrecht, VP of Factory Automation, Siemens

FABTECH Industry Night  Indusrty-photo-left

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. Special appearance by Rocky Bleier! 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.


Presenting Sponsor:

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).




Transforming Your Manufacturing Business for the New Digital Age

Location: Thomas Murphy BallroomMichael W2
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Speaker: Mike Walton, Head of Manufacturing, Google for Work

It’s an exciting time to be a manufacturer. Everyday objects like appliances, watches, cars and equipment are increasingly  connected in an “Internet of things”—which means the opportunity to create new products is practically unlimited.  But if you don’t innovate quickly, someone else will beat you to it. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to accelerate new product initiatives and  time-to-profit using the latest digital technology and tools. You’ll find out how to improve collaboration across departments and your entire value chain.  And you’ll learn how to maximize lean processes and operational efficiency with organization-wide access to consistent and up-to-date information at all times.


Additive Manufacturing/ 3D Printing Demonstration & Resource Center

Tuesday, November 11, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 12, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 13, 10:00 -  11:00 a.m., 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Hall A, Booth A2427
Speaker: Todd Grimm, President, T.A. Grimm & Associates

Take part in the featured presentations that will increase your understanding of Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing and how this technology can fit into your business. Todd Grimm, an internationally recognized speaker and author on additive manufacturing/3D printing, will present two sessions each day of the show.


Resource Center Sponsor:

Explore the growing number of Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing applications at the Resource Center. Open during show hours, visitors have the opportunity to see finished parts on display and observe a Stratasys 3D printer in action!

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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