Vermont companies to share efficiency innovations at 3rd annual conference
Three of Vermont’s leading manufacturing businesses will be showcasing their lean and efficient practices at SUNY Plattsburgh’s third annual Global Supply Chain Management Conference on May 24-26, 2011. With presentations by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Vice President of Environmental Affairs Paul Comey and NRG Systems Purchasing Manager John Kerr as well as a Smarter Planet Tour of IBM’s Essex Junction facility, Vermont’s highly efficient, environmentally sensitive and sustainable business practices will be shared at the SUNY campus with conference attendees.
The conference comes at a time when the International and interconnected nature of the supply chain has never been more evident – as demonstrated by the shortages and slow down of manufacturing worldwide suffered as a result of the recent earthquake in Japan. But this year’s conference focuses on the resources available much closer to home – specifically in Vermont, New York, and Eastern Canada – and how small and large businesses can leverage the business practices, compliance strategies, and supply chain efficiencies readily harvested in this region.
“It’s hard to find three companies who exemplify lean, green and efficient better than these three companies, so we are thrilled to have them participate in our conference this year,” said Dr. Brian Neureuther, Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management at SUNY Plattsburgh and organizer of the conference.
The IBM research and manufacturing facility in Essex Junction, Vermont is responsible for about 10 percent of IBM’s total number of patents, and currently designs and builds microprocessors and chips used in consumer products such as televisions, cell phones, and printers, as well as components for the routers and switches that support the Internet and smart phone communications.
Since 1982, NRG Systems has made products to help measure and understand the wind. Its Hinesburg manufacturing facility serves as a prominent and tangible example of the company’s commitment to sustainability. Built in 2004, it was one of only five industrial facilities in the world to receive LEED-gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. NRG Systems’ products can be found on every continent, in more than 140 countries, serving electric utilities, wind farm developers, research institutes, government agencies, and universities.
Founded in 1981, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. initially hung its shingle on the front of a small café in Waitsfield, Vermont. This café roasted coffee on the premises and formed the base of operations for what was to become a company recognized as a leader in the specialty coffee industry for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices.
Supply chain management is a critical aspect of economic development and sustainability, as it entails importing/exporting, logistics, transportation, and manufacturing. The states of Vermont and New York, and Canada’s eastern provinces not only share borders, but a rich supply of natural resources, and a strong ethic of environmentalism. Therefore, customs and border policies of both countries, supply chain efficiencies and lean practices, as well as security and integration are the timely and substantive topics of this year’s conference.
For the latest conference program and registration information, visit supplychainmanagementconference.com. Conference information may also be obtained by contacting Kate Chilton, of SUNY Plattsburgh at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (518) 564-3054.
Source: Global Supply Chain Management, 5-5-2011