Growth is focus of summit on manufacturing

Growth and sustainability will be the theme of the seventh annual Governor’s Advanced Manufacturing and High Technology Summit, scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Coordinated by the New Hampshire Division of Economic Development, the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire, the summit will provide participants with tips for accelerating reliable growth in their businesses.

Morning speaker Beth Goldstein, author of “The Ultimate Small Business Marketing Toolkit,” will lead participants in an interactive discussion on the art of developing a powerful brand based on customers’ needs, spending patterns, “pain points” and the value they derive from your company.

Later workshops will include:

• “Case Studies on Lean Green and Energy” (with Jay Fallon, continuous improvement manager, BAE Systems, and Art Christianson, vice president of manufacturing, High Liner Foods)

• “Growing Your International Business: Successful Export Growth Strategies” (with Michael Stone, Stone & Associates, Dawn Wivell, Director, New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center and Justin Oslowski, director, New Hampshire Export Assistance Center)

• “Introducing a System for Reliable Growth” (with Patricia Giavara, assistant director and growth coach with the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center, and Jane Ely, New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership project manager)

Keynote speaker Michael Reopel, principal of Deloitte Consulting, will present the results of his report, “Re-examining Advanced Manufacturing in a Networked World — Prospects for Resurgence in New England.”

Reopel’s report identifies five subsectors in the New England manufacturing industry that are poised for growth, discusses the challenges that these industry subsectors face and identifies the opportunities they provide for sustainable economic growth.

Sponsors of the event are Citizens Bank, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, the Association for Operations Management and NHBR.

Registration fee for the summit is $85 per participant; lunch is included. Interested parties can sign up online by visiting

For more information, call Zenagui Brahim or Cathy Doty at the NH MEP, 603-226-3200.