State of Manufacturing Roundtable

DATE: October 20, 2022

TIME: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

COST: $25 Members

$40 Future Members

LOCATION:Lancaster Chamber

115 E King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602

What is the Lancaster Chamber's Roundtable Program?

Roundtables foster meaningful peer-to-peer connection and discussion in an invigorating and confidential environment. Roundtables are designed to encourage participants to exchange insight, offer feedback, and express challenges they're facing in their position or organization while cultivating a valuable network. Roundtable sessions include the option to host a presenter or educational component at meetings to introduce best practices or address relevant issues. Roundtable content discussions are guided by a select group of Co-Chairs in partnership with a Lancaster Chamber staff member. 

State of Manufacturing

Manufacturers are among those who couldn’t fully pivot to remote offices and maintain operations. From new safety requirements to employee absenteeism and supply chain disruptions, leaders needed to make quick decisions in uncharted waters to support front-line employees. Now, more than two years later, it’s time to look back at what did and didn’t work, and to look ahead to identify challenges that still remain. Join representatives from MANTEC-- Lancaster County’s MEP-NIST partner, SCORE, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners for a roundtable discussion focusing on workforce and automation and the trends small/medium manufacturers need to know. 

11-11:30 Networking
11:30-12:30 Discussion
12:30-1 Lunch


Meet the speakers!

Bruce Newell

Bruce T. Newell has recently accepted the position of President and CEO of MANTEC, the Industrial Resource Center (IRC) of South Central Pennsylvania.

Mr. Newell has been involved in manufacturing since leaving Deloitte & Touche in 1994.  Most recently, he has been serving as co-owner and operator of American Manufacturing & Integration LLC, a business he co-founded in 2007.  During his tenure at AMI, he has helped grow the company from a start-up to a 40+ person firm serving OEM customers in the Eastern United States.

Throughout his career, Mr. Newell has been an advocate of manufacturing and education and their importance to the Pennsylvania economy.  He frequently presents to schools, K-12, about the opportunities and careers available in manufacturing and STEM.

Kent Keller

Kent Keller, PHR is a Business Advisor, specializing in Workforce Engagement. In this role, Kent assists the manufacturers to continuously and strategically strengthen their business. Kent builds close relationships with the owners and staff of small to medium sized manufacturing firms, assisting them in identifying and prioritizing business improvement opportunities, creating implementation projects by selecting appropriate technical and financial resources and managing these projects to successful conclusions.

Kent Keller joined MANTEC in 2007 in the role of Human Resources Specialist. Since that time Kent developed the HR/ Workforce service offerings to assist manufacturing clients in HR policy development, professional development and recruitment/retention strategies.

Kent comes from a manufacturing background and has 21 years of business experience. Prior to joining MANTEC he worked at a privately-held printing company with several hundred employees.

Joe Hackett

Joe has 20 years in financial services with SBA lending, commercial lending, and middle market lending. In early 2000 Joe moved to the wealth management side of the bank, focusing on investment management, and both financial and estate planning. Transiting to private banking combined all aspects of Joe background but lead to alternative investments, angel investing. Joe leads MI-12 Ventures, a York based angel group comprised of 73 physicians spread across 9 states. Joe leads the south central Ben Franklin team covering the eight counties including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Hanover Carlisle, Chambersburg, Lebanon and York. Ben Franklin provides contacted companies with HR, accounting, marketing research, presentation guidance, slide deck development, angel and VC introductions and connections, introductions to strategic partners - team members - advisors - board members, to help them create the resources and elements to create a sustainable business model.

Don Bolton

Don Bolton joined MANTEC in 2020 as a Business Advisor specializing in Manufacturing Technology. He joins MANTEC with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the manufacturing and technology field. Don recently moved from Michigan where he was a design and process engineer serving clients such as General motors, Chrysler, Kuka, and Comau. Prior to that, Don was a welder fabricator for 12 years for clients such as TTX, Cannon Truck Equipment, and the DOD.

In his role at MANTEC, he leverages his experiences to aide manufacturers in assessing their technology needs and integrating advanced solutions.


Cathy Bonser

Cathy Bonser joined SCORE Lancaster Lebanon in 2018 as a Certified Mentor advising small business entrepreneurs.  She became the Chapter Chair in 2021 and chairs the Education Committee. She also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with CASA of Lancaster.  She retired from Dentsply Sirona in 2018. 
At Dentsply Sirona, Cathy was the Global Product Platform Director for prosthetic restorations managing an international team of product managers and launching innovative prosthetic digital product solutions.  Cathy also led a business team in the field of digital dentistry to commercialize an innovative product system solution that crossed dental disciplines, improved communications, and ultimately deliver better patient care.
In her accomplished 28-year career at the Eastman Kodak Company, Cathy began as a chemical engineer and advanced into sales, marketing, and global consumer product management. She held a variety of management positions including Director of Global Manufacturing Strategy, Vice President of Global Manufacturing Services, Vice President of Corporate Business Transformation, and Vice President of Global Market Operations, Medical Imaging Division. 
Cathy holds BS degrees in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and an MBA in Marketing and Management, from Rochester Institute of Technology. 
She is married, with two grown children and two granddaughters,  She is a world traveler, scuba diver, and casual golfer and likes to pursue daring adventures like skydiving and hot air ballooning.




10/20/2022 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
115 E King St Lancaster, PA 17602 UNITED STATES

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