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Industry experts, celebrities highlight Metal Matters 2008

Rockford, Il -- Six prominent keynote speakers, including industry experts and broadcast celebrities, will highligh...


January 17, 2008
By MRO Magazine


Rockford, Il — Six prominent keynote speakers, including industry experts and broadcast celebrities, will highlight Metal Matters 2008, the third annual conference for the metal fabricating industry and TPJ Symposium, a conference to explore best practices and technology advancements in tube and pipe producing and fabricating.

The three-day conference, sponsored by The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and The Tube & Pipe Association, International (TPA), begins March 12, 2008, at Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The event will feature business management roundtables to help executives direct their company’s future, technology sessions on the fast-changing manufacturing environment, tabletop exhibits showcasing industry trends, and networking events to discuss everyday manufacturing processes with peers.

Speakers include John Ratzenberger, producer and host of the Travel Channel’s “John Ratzenberger’s Made in America,” author of “We’ve Got It Made in America: A Common Man’s Salute to an Uncommon Country” and co-founder of the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation, will deliver the opening keynote address, “Taking Pride in Tinkering: Creating a Skilled Work Force,” on reviving interest among young people in the industry and revitalizing the future of manufacturing in America.


Other keynote speakers include Danny Forster, host of “Build it Bigger” on The Discovery Channel; Chris Kuehl, Ph.D., FMA’s economist and managing director of Amada Corporate Intelligence; Susan Lucia Annunzio, author of “Contagious Success;” Gary Kopps, manager of occupational safety worldwide for John Deere & Company; and Tom Waddle, co-host of “Pro Football Weekly” with Mike Ditka and Fox News Chicago’s “The Final Word.”

Management sessions will address high performance leadership, and include presentations on finance, conflict resolution, selling safety to senior management, best sales practices, recruiting strategies, working with your financial institution and how workgroups can lead to success.

The Fabricator Sheet Metal and Plate Forum and TPJ Symposium will offer sessions on cutting-edge advancements in their respective technologies.

Executives can register online at, via phone by calling 888-394-4362, or in person on-site at the event.