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College to Host Third Annual Global Supply Chain Management Conference

As SUNY Plattsburgh’s Dr. Brian Neureuther began developing the program for the third annual Global Supply Chain Management Conference (scheduled for May 24-26), he spent a great deal of time and attention wondering how to draw businesses of all sizes from New York, Vermont and Eastern Canada together.

“Supply Chain issues are inherently interrelated, interdependent, regional, even international –  so I worked hard to develop a program that reflected the entire region – and subject matter – as a whole.”

Supply chain management must also be seen as a critical aspect of economic development and sustainability, as it entails importing/exporting, logistics, transportation, and manufacturing, Neureuther said. The states of New York and Vermont, as well as the eastern provinces of Canada, not only share borders, but a rich supply of natural resources and a strong ethic of environmentalism.

Therefore, the customs and border policies of both countries; supply chain efficiencies; and lean practices, as well as security and integration are all topics for this year’s conference.

“Our speakers and tours are directly relevant to the businesses of our region – large and small. I am so pleased to have a broad representation of manufacturers, private companies and government and policy makers from New England and Canada,” said Neureuther.

Presenters include representatives from ROE Logistics, Swarvorski Crystal, UPS, FedEx, A.N. Deringer, NRG Systems and the law firm of Simon, Gluck and Kane. Conference participants may also select to attend one of two tours offered at leading regional manufacturing facilities:

•    Nova Bus is part of the Volvo Bus Corporation, the world’s second-largest motor coach and transit bus manufacturing group. The company manufactures environmentally friendly buses, high-capacity vehicles and integrated intelligent transportation systems from three plants: two in Canada and one in the United States.

•    The IBM research and manufacturing facility in Essex Junction, Vt., is responsible for about 10 percent of IBM’s total number of patents, and currently designs and builds microprocessors and chips for outside clients such as Apple, Sony, Microsoft and other manufacturers of consumer electronics.

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