Lt. Governor Brian Calley and former Perrigo Co. CEO Michael Jandernoa to speak at Advanced Manufacturing Expo in Grand Rapids in August

ZEELAND, MI April 27, 2016 – 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. 

At the conclusion of the speeches, the Expo will present its 2016 AME Innovate Award to the company that exhibitors and customers believe applied technology effectively and creatively.  Koops Inc. in Holland received the award last year for its fully automated machine that was capable of processing multiple versions of Deep Vein Thrombosis systems in as little as six seconds.

The Expo was expanded in 2016 to include a new sneak preview evening event on Aug. 10, longer show hours, and a golf fundraising event to support First Robotics high school programs.  Visitors and exhibitors also will be able to connect with representatives of Grand Valley State University and Kettering University to learn more about how to get involved with senior projects, internships and co-op opportunities that are beneficial to students and sponsor companies.

For more information on the exhibition side of the show, interested individuals can access the website at www.AdvancedManufacturingExpo.com or contact Ermatinger at mark@industrialcontrol.com and (616) 836-5536. For more information on the job fair side of the show, interested individuals can contact Lyzenga at (616) 336-5148 or dlyzenga@westmiworks.org.