WEBINAR: A Look at Smart Manufacturing Through an ESG Lens

Thursday, December 15th | 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

With concerns such as climate change, social justice, and unprecedented environmental risks pushing companies to act and embrace sustainability as part of their business practices, ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) continues to grow in importance across all industries, including manufacturing.

A sustainable Great Lakes region must include leadership and innovation from the business community. Many manufacturers are approaching their sustainability goals with smart manufacturing; and by leaning into ESG using technology, companies are seeing how ESG and technology together are good for business, good for the environment, and ultimately good for their bottom line. From attracting and retaining talent, surpassing environmental compliance, and mitigating business risks, manufacturers are able to reduce waste, increase employee and customer satisfaction, optimize efficiencies, and maximize outputs. 

This webinar will feature research from Plex Systems and Rockwell Automation that highlights how smart manufacturing is supporting companies in achieving their ESG goals. Findings from the research, which took feedback from over 300 manufacturing leaders, are reflected in the 2022 State of Smart Manufacturing: ESG & Sustainability Edition, which will be presented during the webinar.

Event Speakers: 

Gerry Abbey, Market Research and Competitive Intelligence Manager, Plex Systems

Gerry is an advocate for sustainability and ESG in manufacturing.  As Market Research and Competitive Intelligence Manager, he leads the annual State of Smart Manufacturing Report creation and promotion and leverages data to raise awareness around the benefits of sustainable/ESG policies across organizations.

He joined Plex Systems, a Rockwell Automation Company, in 2021 as a Product Marketing Manager, bringing a decade of experience in software marketing to the team. 

Tony Kaczmarek, VP Product Management, Plex Systems

Tony is VP of Product Management focusing on Plex Manufacturing Automation. Tony was President of the recently acquired Kors Engineering. He brings over 25 years of domain expertise in controls and automation around shop floor and facility integration.

His primary focus is around Plex Production Monitoring, Plex Automation & Orchestration, and integration through the Rockwell solution stack.

Event Moderator: 

Lora Shrake, Senior Program Director, Business and Sustainability, Council of the Great Lakes Region

With over 20 years of experience, Lora has devoted her career to the environment and sustainability issues.

At CGLR, she serves as Senior Program Director for Business and Sustainability, building a regional network of companies committed to a sustainable Great Lakes region and connecting stakeholders across industries and sectors to form collaborations that will strengthen the long term health and wellbeing of the region.

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