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IMEC May conference to focus on manufacturing breakthroughs

Companies whose leaders commit to consistently updating the skills of their employees are often in the best position to succeed. These dynamic leaders drive results by making standardized processes and measurable outcomes a routine part of the business. They benchmark against other successful leaders and invest in proven, best practices.

The Illiniois Manufacturing Extension Center has designed a unique conference that delivers world-class networking, education and productivity-enhancing tools to progressive manufacturing leaders. If you're looking to distance your company from the competition, join more than 300 other manufacturing leaders May 8-9 in Peoria for Manufacturing Matters! 2007.

The conference features 25 content-rich workshops, session facilitation by IMEC's expert staff and leading manufacturing service providers and dynamic keynotes and workshops by John Brandt and Doug Hall.

Brandt will present a keynote address titled, "Speed, focus & results: achieving market leadership through superior customer, employee and supplier execution."

For two decades, Brandt has studied leadership in effective, purpose-driven organizations. Founder and CEO of the Manufacturing Performance Institute and former editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek, Brandt is as an expert on how companies and communities can adapt themselves to the realities of new markets, new corporate structures and new customer expectations. He is featured frequently in the national media and maintains a busy publishing, speaking and consulting schedule

Hall will present a keynote address titled, "Made in the USA: think smarter and more creatively about topline growth."

Hall is founder and CEO of the Eureka! Ranch, an innovation consultancy that has helped companies like Nike, Walt Disney and American Express discover how to grow. Hall is author of a best selling book, "Jump Start Your Business Brain," and host of "Brain Brew" Radio show. Through an alliance with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Hall's Eureka! Winning Ways program - innovation tools and technologies - are being deployed to small manufacturing companies throughout the U.S.

Conference sponsors include Caterpillar, Clifton Gunderson, Vistage, DCEO, Deere & Company, CGN Business Performance Consulting, Ameren, IMA, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, IceCentric and the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.

Visit for a full agenda, session descriptions and speaker bios. Register by April 13 and receive up to $65 off the conference fee.