Seventy-Fifth Meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum

75th Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Journey to Lean and Green Manufacturing

March 27-28, 2014

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Below are the presenters, watch for more information!

Campbell Soup Company - Napoleon, OH

Title:  A Supply Chain Transformation – Delivering Sustainable Results

  • Mark Cacciatore
    Vice President of Manufacturing

Long before environmental sustainability was top of mind, Campbell developed an early method of sustainable food packaging – condensed soup.  That spirit of innovation still applies today, as Campbell pursues ambitious “destination goals” to significantly reduce its environmental footprint.  Campbell North America Supply Chain is transforming to a more nimble, demand driven operating strategy.  Mark will share how the supply chain, and in particular the company’s largest manufacturing facility, which he leads, is leveraging industry-wide best practices support this transformation and leading sustainability progress for Campbell.

    Harris Products Group, A Lincoln Electric Company - Mason, OH

    Title: Cultural Change, a Global Perspective, Building Teamwork using the Lean Manufacturing Toolsets

    • Daniel Marascalchi
      Vice President, Global Operations

    The Harris Products Group, a Lincoln Electric Company, is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of cutting, welding, brazing and soldering equipment and consumables and gas distribution systems.  Its products are sold and used in more than 90 countries.  The company works with employees to achieve “something more” by transforming the processes of the entire plant into a lean, cooperative network for efficiency.  Its journey began when management realized that the plant was doing well, but could do better.  Since 2009, driven by data, the company is breaking records with steady improvement from 45% decrease in WIP to a 41% drop in customer reject rate.  The casting team alone has reduced scrap by some 80%.  Dan will talk about achieving goals through their employees who share their expertise and “come to work every day aiming to improve something even if it’s not broken.”

      Johnson & Johnson - New Brunswick/Somerville, NJ

      Title: Johnson & Johnson – A Healthy Future through Sustainability

      • Dan Cassidy
        J&J Workplace Solutions Energy Manager
      • Bill Mullen
        Director, MD&D East Facilities Operations
        Ethicon, Inc. - Part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies

      Caring for the world, one person at a time... inspires and unites the people of Johnson & Johnson.  Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.  The company has more than 275 operating companies in more than 60 countries employing approximately 128,700 people.   In 2013, sales reached $71.3 billion.  

      Johnson & Johnson companies are conscious of their impact on the environment.  Across all businesses and the supply chain, employees strive to use materials that carry the least negative impact on the environment, sustainably design and market products, reduce energy consumption, and hold supply chain partners and vendors to similar standards.

      Bill and Dan will discuss CO2 reduction and sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, while focusing on the Healthy Future 2015 goals and the strategies being implemented in facilities to reach those goals.

        La-Z-Boy - Monroe, MI

        Title: Lessons Learned from a Lean Manufacturing Transformation

        • Darrell Edwards
          Senior Vice President of Operations

        La-Z-Boy Incorporated is one of the world’s leading residential furniture producers, marketing furniture for every room of the home. The La-Z-Boy Upholstery segment companies are La-Z-Boy, England and Bauhaus. The Casegoods segment consists of four brands: American Drew, Lea, Hammary and Kincaid. The company-owned Retail segment includes 97 of the 314 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores

        The corporation’s branded distribution network is dedicated to selling La-Z-Boy Incorporated products and brands, and includes 314 stand-alone La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® stores and 565 independent Comfort Studios® locations, in addition to in-store gallery programs for Kincaid, England and Lea.   Lean manufacturing is part of La-Z-Boy’s DNA.  Darrell will discuss the timeline of La-Z-Boy’s successful transformation to lean manufacturing.  The La-Z-Boy cellular production system, encompasses all of the latest lean tools.  Darrell will review how these were deployed throughout the production facilities and offer suggestions as to how leaders can implement similar lean processes and philosophies throughout their organizations to enhance the success of their respective enterprises.

          Forum Format and Session Descriptions

          All events take place at:

          Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center
          One Country Club Lane, State College, PA

          Thursday, March 27, 2014
          6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception
          7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Orientation


          Friday, March 28, 2014
          Time Event
          7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
          8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

          Daniel Marascalchi
          Harris Products Group
          A Lincoln Electric Company

          9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Break
          9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

          Dan Cassidy
          Bill Mullen
          Johnson & Johnson

          10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Breakout Session
          11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
          1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

          Darrell Edwards

          2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
          2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Mark Cacciatore
          Campbell Soup Company
          3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion and Wrap-up


          Presentations are given in a seminar-style format, interspersed with small group breakouts and a panel session that permit participants to better explore any issue or topic stimulated by the presentations, and maximize opportunities for participants to share ideas. This unique setting allows for intensive discussion and idea exchange among industry managers, and a sounding board for anyone implementing lean and green strategies.

          The forum begins on Thursday evening with a networking reception and brief orientation at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center. Friday is a full day of presentations and breakout sessions. If you have any questions, please give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will be able to join us.


          Thursday reception and dinner require formal business attire.
          Friday is business casual attire (company shirts are encouraged!).

          Registration Information


          Registration Fees

          Regular Fee..................................................................................$495
          Second Registrant from the same organization....................$445
          Third+ Registrant from the same organization......................$395
          PSU Faculty/Staff..........................................................................$195
          PSU Student..................................................................................$155

          The registration fee includes meals and beverages (reception, breakfast, lunch). Cancellations with a full refund will be accepted up to one month before the date of the conference.

          PSU Student Scholarships

          At this time, we have a limited number of scholarships available. If your company is interested in supporting student scholarships for this event, please email Cindi Satterfield,

          The Advanced Manufacturing Forum (AMF) is a not-for-profit event supported by a combination of registration fees, contributions from Penn State academic units and the Center for the Management of Technological and Organizational Change (CMTOC).

          Hotel Reservations

          A block of rooms has been reserved for the AMF attendees at Toftrees Golf Resort & Conference Center ($99/night). Rooms are still available.

          Local: 1-814-234-8000
          Toll-free: 1-800-252-3551

          Other nearby hotels (all within 1-2 miles of our conference location):


          Please telephone Cindi Satterfield at 814-865-6727 or send an email to