A concern of many regional manufacturers is losing valuable knowledge and job skills due to retiring employees. Other concerns include the challenges of identifying new markets and finding new customers. These are just some of the topics that will be addressed at the Northwest Industrial Resource Center’s (NWIRC) upcoming Manufacturers Growth Conference in St Marys (May 17) and Erie (May 18).

In addition to the many presenters and informative topics that will help manufacturers grow their people and their revenue, a few keynote speakers are planned to offer their insights.

Keith Szewczyk, CEO of Bliley Technologies

The conference in Erie will feature keynote addresses by Keith Szewczyk, CEO of Bliley Technologies and Rob Englert, Founder and Principal Designer of Syracuse NY company, ram industrial design (ram). Szewczyk will focus on why growing people starts with a clear vision that has measurable success and is constantly communicated. He said, “communication is critical for the workforce, the market, and key customers. Leveraging collaboration platforms can allow you to transform your company into the culture that you are trying to drive. Culture is key to growth.”   Englert, a Harborcreek native, will offer his story and insights of embracing technology during his presentation “Staying at the Forefront of an Uncertain Future”.

Rob Englert, Founder and Principal Designer of ram industrial design

For the conference in St Marys, the keynote speaker is State Representative Matt Gabler. He will focus on benefits of living and working in North Central PA and the critical role of manufacturing.


Matt Gabler,  PA State Representative

The conference will be held in St Marys (May 17) and Erie (May 18) from 7:30am-4:00pm and is sponsored by PNC, Knox Law, and Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Find more details and register at www.nwirc.org/events.