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Posted on: September 17, 2014

Gov. Brownback and Harry Moser to outline business opportunities, resources at reshoring conference

Gov. Sam Brownback and Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will join business leaders at a conference to highlight reshoring opportunities for Kansas businesses. The conference will be held on Sept. 25 in Wichita.

The reshoring movement is bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, thanks to the cost-efficiencies, stability and quality provided by U.S. manufacturers. The reshoring conference will focus on potential growth areas, which include agricultural equipment, aerospace, construction equipment, plastics/polymers, consumer goods and energy industry components and support equipment. Speakers will outline key opportunities and new resources available to help small and medium sized businesses in Kansas pursue growth prospects associated with reshoring.

WHAT/WHO: The agenda for the conference follows:
• 8:30 a.m. – Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George will welcome attendees.
• 8:35 a.m. – Robert B. Crain, AGCO’s senior vice president and general manager for North America, will present an overview of his company’s efforts to reshore production.
• 9:05 a.m. – Panel of Kansas small and medium-sized businesses will discuss reshoring success stories. Panelists include:
o Dave Dreiling, GTM Sportswear
o Patty Koehler, JR Custom Metals
o Jim Lee, Lee Aerospace
• 9:45 a.m. – Gov. Brownback will announce new state resources available to help Kansas businesses.
• 10 a.m. – Break and availability for media interviews.
• 10:15 a.m. – Harry Moser, founder of the Reshoring Initiative, will discuss how to reshore manufacturing to Kansas.
• 11:30 a.m. – Dr. John Tomblin, vice president for research and technology transfer for Wichita State University, will discuss the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership.
• 11:45 a.m. – Conference will conclude.

WHEN/WHERE: Registration opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. The conference will be held at Wichita State University’s Metropolitan Complex, Room 180, 5015 E. 29th St. N., Wichita, KS 67220.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Those interested in attending the reshoring conference should visit KansasCommerce.com/KSReshoring or call (785) 296-2994 to register.

Register to attend the reshoring conference
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