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December 9, 2020

10:00 - 11:30 a.m. 


Join us on December 9, as Global Midwest Alliance and sponsors, Wipfli, the Association for Manufacturing Technology and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, present a program focused on the forces that are currently shaping the U.S. manufacturing industry economy as it enters 2021.  

Keynote speaker, Pat McGibbon, Chief Knowledge Officer for the Association for Manufacturing Technology, will discuss the major factors that are projected to affect the manufacturing industry economy in 2021, the Association for Manufacturing Technology’s forecast and his perspective on the manufacturing industry’s economy. 

Attendees will include C-suite executives, civic and business leaders, and members of the manufacturing community.  

2021 Manufacturing Industry
 Economic Outlook
About Our Host and Sponsors
Wipfli ranks among the top 20 accounting and business consulting firms in the nation with over 2,400 associates, 48 offices in the United States and two offices in India. Wipfli is also a member of Allinial Global, an accounting firm association of legally independent accounting and consulting firms with offices in North America and throughout the world through international members and partnerships. We enjoy a solid reputation as industry experts and as a trusted business advisor to more than 100,000 clients including: Manufacturing and distribution, contractors and developers, real estate, health care organizations, financial institutions, financial services, nonprofits, private equity, agribusiness, tribal gaming, technology, units of government, dealerships and individuals.

The Association for Manufacturing Technology represents U.S.-based providers of manufacturing technology – the advanced machinery, devices, and digital equipment that U.S. manufacturing relies on to be productive, innovative, and competitive. Located in McLean, VA, near the nation’s capital, AMT acts as the industry’s voice to speed the pace of innovation, increase global competitiveness, and develop manufacturing’s advanced workforce of tomorrow. With extensive expertise in industry data and intelligence, as well as a full complement of international business operations, AMT offers its members an unparalleled level of support. AMT also produces IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the premier manufacturing technology event in North America. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation's central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District. 

Global Midwest Alliance is a business-led, region-wide not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to transforming the Midwest into an internationally-recognized leader in innovation and business growth. The Alliance aligns and integrates resources throughout the Midwest helping businesses to grow by leveraging existing resources to develop new products and find customers throughout the world.  The Alliance is the Private Sector Liaison Office for the World Bank and a member of Global CONNECT. Through these and other affiliations, the Alliance facilitates access to global business opportunities for Midwest business through 160 groups in 100 countries around the world. The Alliance offers educational and networking opportunities through a variety of programs and resources designed to promote innovation, technology development and access to global opportunities in the clean technology, energy, food, logistics, manufacturing and water industries. 

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Welcome and Keynote Introduction
Benjamin Moses, Director of Manufacturing Technology, The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Chris Blaylock, Partner, Wipfli

2021 Manufacturing Industry Economic Outlook
Pat McGibbon, Chief Knowledge Officer,
The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Moderated by: Chris Blaylock, Partner, Wipfli

Closing Remarks
Tom Hacker, President, C&L Supreme, and Chairman, Technology and Manufacturing Association
10:00 a.m.

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11:25 a.m.

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