Pennsylvania’s manufacturing base is almost as old as the United States itself, with its origins going back to entrepreneurs in the late 1700s and 1800s. During the industrial revolution, the state was known for high-volume manufacturing companies. But, as with many cities across the nation, Commonwealth experienced a post-war shift from a manufacturing-based to a service-based economy.
Unlike the smokestack factories of the past, however, today’s manufacturing is faster and more technologically driven, with particular strengths in chemicals, medical equipment, machinery, food processing and transportation equipment and parts. Panelists with industry expertise will examine ways in which the Keystone state can once again become a major player in the manufacturing arena.
November 19, 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Location: Main Hall
Nielsen-Kellerman designs and builds rugged consumer electronics under two brands: Kestrel Weather Meters measure weather parameters relevant to many professional and personal outdoor pursuits including firefighting, farming, research and precision long range shooting. NK Sports Performance tools measure speed and distance and other performance parameters for rowing and paddling sports. NK has been in business for over 30 years and Alix has worked for the company for more than 20 years – in an executive capacity for 10. During her tenure the company has experienced consistent growth, averaging over 10% annually and building to the current staff of 90 employees, over 50 of whom are directly involved in manufacturing the company’s products in their “bare boards to shipped product” facility in Boothwyn, PA.
Alix is Lean Level I and II certified and has embraced Lean approaches to continuously improving all aspects of NK from the shop floor to customer service, enabling NK to manufacture electronics in the USA while competing globally. A firm believer in the power of the brand and building a tribe of passionate users, Alix and her team make every effort to ensure that NK always earns its customers’ loyalty by delivering products that can be counted on to provide accurate information in the most challenging environments.
Alix believes in the inherent rewards of building physical products. For most people, true work satisfaction comes from knowing that what you are doing matters – to your coworkers, your customers, and maybe the greater good. Our customers LOVE our products because they do what they need, simply and reliably. Everyone at NK takes the job of delivering those products personally, and finds the work of building them personally satisfying. We are selective about the markets we design for – seeking customers who recognize the value of paying a bit more for a product that truly meets their needs. But, we also strive to be truly competitive with overseas manufacturing through good design, good processes and good partnerships. We strive to create opportunity through encouraging and rewarding skills acquisition in all of our line assemblers. We build quality into our process and culture through an active andon light system. In short, manufacturing in Pennsylvania is something we believe in, and we walk the walk every day.
Speaker, Writer and Adviser
Decades as an experienced CEO and board member of successful global corporations has given him a unique perspective on leadership in the c-suite. Now as a speaker, writer and adviser, Stan Silverman shares his insight and techniques helping businesses and organizations cultivate leadership cultures.
As Leadership Catalyst for Tier 1 Group, a firm of strategists and advisers for preeminent growth, Silverman is well positioned to put his philosophy into practice for some of America’s best-run companies and non-profit organizations. He also write a popular weekly guest column on Effective Leadership at Philadelphia Business Journal.
Silverman is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Drexel University and lead director on the board of Drummond Scientific, and also serves on a number of private equity boards. Silverman is a trustee on the board of Friends Select School, Faith in the Future and serves on the board of Ben Franklin Technology Partners as chairman of the audit committee. He is also a member of the faculty of Board Advisory Services at the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Stan is the former president and CEO of PQ Corporation, a chemicals and engineered glass materials company operating in North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. He is also the former chairman of the board of Drexel University College of Medicine.
Stan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and an MBA degree from Drexel University. As well, he attended the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.