Manufacturing Nevada conference returns with top industry experts

Northern Nevada Development Authority, Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, and Nevada Industry Excellence have partnered again to bring the 2014 Manufacturing in Nevada Conference, an official Nevada 150 event, Oct. 1-2 at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks.

This year’s event has been expanded to bring both the manufacturers conference and a second day Unmanned Aerial Systems /Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles conference. Both conferences will feature top experts from their respective fields.

The manufacturing conference will address topics such as operational excellence, human resources and business growth.

Joe Quinn, senior director of public affairs and government relations at Walmart in Bentonville, Ark., will talk about manufacturing practices, the stagnation in middle-class working Americans, competitive lower labor cost and the process of making U.S. companies globally competitive.

Other topics include: value supply chain, workforce supply and demand and markets for unmanned aerial systems. Brigadier General William Ross Burks, United States Air Force, will talk about the history of UAVs in the military and their continual transition toward civilian and commercial uses.

The event will also feature more than 60 exhibit booths, including NASA’s Challenger Learning Center, which offers simulated space exploration in a digital dome planetarium, both days. All exhibit booths are open and free to the public.

Event sponsors are Amerijet, American AVK, United Construction, Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, NV Energy, Southwest Gas, Greater Nevada Credit Union, Cushman Wakefield, First Independent Bank, EB-5 Center, Anthem, Sierra Packaging and Converting, Pacific States Communication, ITS logistics, Dermody Properties, and Charter Business.

For more information and to register for the conference or reserve an exhibit booth, go to, or call Jojo L. Myers at 775-883-4413, ext. 130.


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