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Manufacturing First Returns to Green Bay Oct. 26

Manufacturing First Returns to Green Bay Oct. 26

NEW North, Wis. (Sept. 20, 2022) – Less than one month remains to register for the 2022 Manufacturing First Expo & Conference — Wisconsin’s largest annual manufacturing conference. Registration closes Oct. 18 for the event, which will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. in Green Bay. 

With a record number of exhibitors, this year’s conference is the largest in event history and has moved to its largest host venue ever: the sprawling, 125,000-square-foot Resch Expo, which opened in 2020 at 840 Armed Forces Drive in Ashwaubenon.

Manufacturing First caps National Manufacturing Month by providing Wisconsin manufacturers with hands-on opportunities to grow their businesses through education and networking. The expo hall opens at 9:30 a.m. and will feature more than 230 exhibitors. The day also includes a keynote address, lunch speakers and 12 breakout sessions covering some of the most pressing issues facing the manufacturing industry, including talent attraction and retention, security, technology and marketing. The event concludes with Power Hour, where attendees can win prizes. A cocktail reception will also be held on the expo floor.

This year’s keynote speaker will be The Sileo Group CEO John Sileo, an international cybersecurity expert and the author of four books who has learned from the painful experience of losing his multi-million-dollar software company over cybercrimes he didn’t commit. He will share what he has learned using humor, personal stories and blockbuster films.

“No matter who’s in the audience, I’ll shift their perspective on how to think about [cybersecurity] in a very proactive, action-oriented, optimistic way, rather than just driving fear,” Sileo says. “It’s really important to me that I present it in a non-technical, friendly way. There’s so much that’s dry and technical about cybersecurity, and yet in the end it’s really about human beings, about us as employees or individuals making decisions.”

Manufacturing First is presented by First Business Bank in partnership with Insight Publications and the NEW Manufacturing Alliance.

General registration is $165 per person and is currently open at For any additional questions about the event, please contact Ann Franz, NEWMA executive director, at (920) 498-5587 or

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