AWB LogoThe Association of Washington Business is set to host “Manufacturing Matters NOW!” its annual summit focusing on both the regulatory and workforce issues affecting this critical segment of the state and national economies. This year’s event will take place on Friday, Oct. 25 at Cedarbook Lodge in Tukwila.

Two of the day’s featured keynote speakers include Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and Nicholas Pinchuk, chairman and CEO, Snap-on Tools, Inc. Attendees will also hear from panels of Washington state manufacturers, including representatives from SGL Automotive Carbon Fiber, KapStone Kraft Paper Corp. and Coca-Cola Refreshments.

Additionally, presenting event sponsor McGladrey will share the results of its 2013 Monitor Report, offering insight into key data on middle market manufacturers and distributors, including predictions on sales increases for the coming year, projected increases for transportation, energy, raw materials, and other costs, and additional data on hiring plans for the next 12 months.

The event will culminate in the presentation of AWB’s 2013 Manufacturing Excellence Awards to five Washington state companies.


            WHO:             Association of Washington Business

  • ·         Don Brunell, president, AWB
  • ·         Jay Timmons, president and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers (@ShopFloorNAM)
  • ·         Nicholas T. Pinchuk, chairman and CEO, Snap-on Tools, Inc.  (@Snapon_Tools)
  • ·         Wendy Sancewich, director, national manufacturing team, McGladrey (@McGladrey)

WHAT:           Manufacturing Matters NOW!

WHERE:         Cedarbrook Lodge

WHEN:           Friday, Oct. 25, 2013

7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

To view the day’s complete agenda, visit AWB online.

To reserve space, inquire about A/V needs or ask related questions about the event, please contact Jason Hagey at 360.943.1600. Follow the event on Twitter (@AWBOlympia). The event hashtag is #AWBMFG13.

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 8,100 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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