Manufacturing Appreciation Breakfast

Manufacturing was celebrated at our 3rd annual Manufacturing Appreciation Breakfast held on Oct. 26.

More than 60 people attended the Brantford event, which originated as a way to thank companies that participated in Manufacturing Day tours.

But while the breakfast still recognized companies that offered tours – firms received a certificate of appreciation – it has grown to mean more than that.

Guest speaker Paul Hogendoorn of London,ON, an entrepreneur and manufacturing business owner, spoke about Industry 4.0 and other trends in advanced manufacturing.

Hogendoorn emphasized that a manufacturers’ biggest investment and biggest asset is their people. He also said Industry 4.0 is nothing to be afraid of. Companies don’t need to be left behind in the dust, and he listed previous changes in the manufacturing landscape, such as lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and ISO 9002. Companies that didn’t adopt these trends are still around.

Yet, Hogendoorn emphasized that companies need to recognize that employees of the future will want to be treated differently than those in the past; new employees may not be content to do the same thing each day and will want feedback on their performance regularly.

Eighteen manufacturers from Brantford, Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk hosted Manufacturing Day tours in early October, and many of those firms were there to receive certificates. The audience heard from 4 high school students who went on the tours, and each expressed that they had had their eyes opened to the industry’s possibilities and career opportunities.