Seventy-Sixth Meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Forum

Journey to Lean and Green Manufacturing

October 23-24, 2014

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Complete the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.  We hope you can attend!


Companies being represented this fall to include the following plants.  Watch for more updates!

Harley-Davidson Motor Company - "Leading Through Change"

Michael Fisher, General Manager of York Vehicle Operations

Michael will describe how the new factory in York created a lean operation, using a fraction of the space and job classifications that it used less than four years ago, and is now driven by a continuous improvement mindset. It also was recognized by Industry Week as a Best Plants winner in 2013.

The Hershey Company - "Hershey’s Approach to Waste Reduction, Recycling and Zero-Waste-to-Landfill"

Diane Alwine, Director of Environmental Affairs

The Hershey Company has focused on environmental issues since 1937 when founder Milton Hershey established the company’s first recycling center in Hershey, Pennsylvania, decades before recycling was common practice.  Hershey has continued to upgrade its environmental sustainability programs to reduce the environmental impact of its domestic and international facilities, and waste reduction and recycling is an integral part of that effort.  Over 97% of Hershey’s manufacturing now takes place at zero-waste-to-landfill (ZWL) sites. In addition to seven manufacturing plants that have achieved ZWL, we also have six non-manufacturing ZWL facilities that include distribution centers, Hershey’s Chocolate World, and our Technical Center.  We have reduced the amount of waste we generate by 38% since 2009.  In 2013, our recycling rate increased to 86% from 72% in 2009.

Thermo Fisher Scientific - "Site Culture Transformation – From the Brink of Extinction to the Best of the Best!"

Phil McLellan, Vice President of Global Operations

In five short years, Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Asheville manufacturing facility transformed itself from being one of the worst sites in the company to becoming not only one of its best, but also recognized as one of Industry Week Magazine’s seven best plants of 2013.  How this happened and the steps that were taken were not only fundamental to the improvement of a single site, but also key to how Thermo Fisher transforms other parts of its business today.  Forging a purpose in the team, connecting the team to breakthrough annual objectives, and creating a structured daily discipline around problem solving proved to be the ideal formula for success.

LORD Corporation - "Sustainability of Lean Manufacturing Activities on the Shop Floor"

Jim Koenig, Manager of Aerospace Manufacturing Engineering

Lord Corporation is a highly diversified engineering and manufacturing corporation with sales of $860MM in 2013.  Lord Corporation has an Aerospace Division which supplies products that reduce noise and vibration in both Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing aircraft.  In the year 2000, Lord Corporation implemented Lean Manufacturing in its Aerospace division.  A model was put in place at this time to help sustain lean manufacturing successfully into the future.  The model uses “twenty keys” as a tool to keep both the hourly and salaried work force engaged in actively sustaining the Lean progress on the shop floor.  The model and its application will be reviewed in detail.

    Forum Format and Session Descriptions

    All events take place at:

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

    Thursday, October 23, 2014
    6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Reception/Dinner
    7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Orientation


    Friday, October 24, 2014
    Time Event
    7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
    8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

    Harley-Davidson Motor Company

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

    The Hershey Company

    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.

    Thermo Fisher Scientific

    2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Break
    2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. LORD Corporation
    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