Lt. Governor Brian Calley and former Perrigo Co. CEO and current Board Member Michael Jandernoa are headlining the slate of speakers at the Advanced Manufacturing Expo to be held Aug. 11 at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids.
Calley, currently the youngest lieutenant governor in the nation, will address the importance of skilled trades for Michigan and the manufacturing sector. Jandernoa will be speaking on how Perrigo empowered employees to drive world leadership in store brands.
Show organizers said the Advanced Manufacturing Expo is the largest independent show in Michigan open to the public that showcases creative technology solutions for manufacturers and vendors statewide. With free admission and parking for the public, the expo will highlight 110 exhibitors that represent additive manufacturing, machine vision, automation, quality control gaging and other technologies.
Running concurrent with the expo, West Michigan Works! will be holding a job fair with up to 70 employers seeking skilled tradespersons, engineers and others interested in a career in the manufacturing sector. Deborah Lyzenga, the agency’s regional director of Business Solutions, said the job fair is the largest commitment of floor space and booths to date for the agency that covers Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon and Ottawa counties.
Show organizer Mark Ermatinger said the expo and job fair will take a total of 43,000 square feet of space at the DeltaPlex, 2500 Turner Ave. NW, which has easy north and south access to U.S. 131.
Ermatinger said representatives from Pure Michigan Business Connect, The Right Place-Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center and West Michigan Works! will address how Michigan companies can connect with each other for mutual advantage, attract talent and leverage local resources to train their workforce and keep current with technology.