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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Arkansas Dept of Parks & Tourism Fall Color Reports

Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2018 to Friday, December 21, 2018
Time: All Day to 12:00am
Location: www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/attractions/fall-attractions

The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism will feature its collection of statewide Fall photos.  The Fall Color Reports will start Thursday, September 27.  If you wish to participate, please post photos to either Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #ArkansasFall.  Your profile must be set to public in order for us to see/use the pictures.  It also helps, if you tag or mention the location of your Fall photo.

You can view the gallery of photos at www.arkansas.com/things-to-do/attractions/fall-attractions updated every Thursday.

Or signup for an e-newsletter by visiting bit.ly/arfallcolor

Website: http://www.Arkansas.com

Monday, October 1, 2018

2018 Manufacturing Week

Date: Monday, October 1, 2018 to Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: All Day to 12:00am

Educational Events for Chamber Members:

Monday, October 1:
Educational Session hosted by Preferred Office Technologies – Lunch
12:00-1:00 PM 
Cloud Technology 
Cloud technologies have transformed the way manufactures operate.  Your processes are increasingly being moved to the digital realm to enable companies to perform efficiently and effectively. Office 365 has become a tool capable of empowering manufacturers and improving operations. However, navigating and understanding all of the powerful tools can be overwhelming which can lead to only “scratching the surface” of the functionality available to you.
In the session you will learn:

  • What Microsoft Office 365 is
  • An overview of the various “Apps” available to you
  • How to successfully and seamlessly integrate these tools


Tuesday, October 2:
Safety Training Overview hosted by M&G Safety
8:30-10:00 AM 
Topics include: 
Fall Protection – (Walking working surfaces / slips, trips, & falls / Ladder Safety / Scissor & Boom)
Hazard Communication (New GHS)
Lockout/Tagout / Machine Guarding 
Personal Protective Equipment (Eye Safety, Hand Safety, Foot Safety, Hearing Conservation)
Respiratory Protection Training (Respirable Silica & Asbestos)
Anhydrous Ammonia
Material Handling Equipment (Powered Industrial Trucks)
Ergonomics (Safe Lifting / Back Safety)
Confined Space 
Emergency Action Plans
Fire Prevention
Electrical Safety
Compressed Air / Gas Cylinder Safety
Welding, Cutting, and Brazing (Hot Work)
 
REGISTER NOW

Women in Manufacturing – by UAFS
Lunch will be provided at this event. 
11:00-12:30 at the Chamber. 
University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be hosting a panel presentation on ‘Women in Manufacturing’. Panelists include:

  • Kendy Brown, Senior Human Resources Associate, Owens Corning
  • Lori Hayes, Human Resources Manager, Gerber Products Company
  • Amy Johnson, Director of Operations, Rheem Manufacturing
  • Tracy Long, Vice President Marketing, ABB (formerly Baldor Electric)
  • Lee Ann Vick, Vice President Production, Weldon, Williams, & Lick, Inc.

The moderator for the event will be Dr. Micki Voelkel, Associate Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology. Topics for the panel include path to success, role models, overcoming challenges, and work/life balance. 
REGISTER NOW

Thursday, October 4:
Breakfast/Presentation by AFS Business Solutions ~ Maximizing Your Effectiveness: Get Return on Your Biggest Investment. . . Your Employees!
8:30-10:00 AM 
Drawing from Michael’s time as LEAN Coordinator with a local manufacturer he will discuss topics around the tenants of LEAN and how you can create a high functioning environment through driving value-added activity. 
REGISTER NOW

Behind the Scenes Manufacturing Tours:

Monday, October 1:
QualServ Corporation – Member Only Tour
10:00 & 1:00
REGISTER 10:00 AM
REGISTER 1:00 PM

Tuesday, October 2:
Member Tour Opportunity at Gerdau
9:00 AM 
Dress Code:  
Closed Toed shoes with no heel
Long Pants
REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, October 3:
Member tours at Stainless Innovation
10:00 AM and 2:00 PM  
REGISTER NOW 10:00 AM TOUR
REGISTER NOW 2:00 PM TOUR

Business After 5: ABB Community Open House
In celebration of Manufacturing Week, ABB will host a “Community Open House” from 4:00-7:00 PM. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the plant, visit with staff and meet a number of vendors. This will be an excellent chance to learn what manufacturing looks like in the 21st Century!   
 
Shotgun tours will be offered throughout the event from 4:30 - 6:00 PM (must be in at least the 5th grade to go on a tour and closed toe shoes required). 
 
Food and refreshments will be provided so plan to bring the entire family! 
 
REGISTER NOW 4:30 PM TOUR
REGISTER NOW 5:00 PM TOUR
REGISTER NOW 5:30 PM TOUR
REGISTER NOW 6:00 PM TOUR
 
Thursday, October 4:
Member tours at Glatfelter

Glatfelter Tour Times:
REGISTER 10:00 AM
REGISTER 10:30 AM
REGISTER 11:00 AM
REGISTER 1:00 PM
REGISTER 1:30 PM
REGISTER 2:00 PM

Friday, October 5:
Ingersoll-Rand Trane Open House, Tours and Job Fair
10:00 AM- 2:00 PM  
Trane Commercial Systems / Ingersoll Rand will be holding a Global Job Fair on Friday, October 5 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. This will include a presentation on the company, benefits of becoming a full time Ingersoll Rand employee a tour. 
 
REGISTER NOW 

Special Member & Non-Member Event:
Friday, October 5
First Friday Breakfast
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM 
 
UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center Reynolds Room
 
Fees: $18.00 per member or $20.00 per non-member.
REGISTER NOW

Friday, October 5, 2018

2018 First Friday Breakfast-October 5th

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 7:30am to 9:00am
Location: UAFS Smith-Pendergraft Center Reynolds Room

Event Description:
Join us as we celebrate National Manufacturing Day!
Interested in More details for the week? 
Please click on the link below for more details for free access to Tours & Educational Sessions:
  http://public.fortsmithchamber.com/events/details/2018-manufacturing-week-6754

“The State of Manufacturing in Arkansas”

GUEST SPEAKERS

Clint O'Neal & Col. Robert Ator
 

  
Clint O’Neal 
  Executive Vice President of Global Business 
    


 Col. (Ret) Rob “Gator” Ator
Director, Military Affairs


Bios:
Clint O’Neal is the Executive Vice President of Global Business at the Arkansas Economic Development Commission. Clint brings 11 years of economic development experience to the agency and is passionate about making a difference in communities by winning projects and equipping community leaders to elevate their competitiveness through capacity building.

Clint is responsible for overseeing the following AEDC divisions: Business Development, Business Finance, Community Development, Existing Business Resources, Film, Military Affairs, and Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise. 

Before joining AEDC, Clint served as Vice President of Business Recruitment for the Missouri Partnership, the state’s principal business recruitment and marketing organization, where he led more than 35 successful business attraction projects. Prior to that position, he was a Project Manager at AEDC for four years.  

Clint is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma and holds a Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from the University of Central Arkansas. He is a member of the International Economic Development Council, the Southern Economic Development Council, and the Arkansas Economic Developers and Chamber Executives.

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Robert Ator currently serves as the Director of Military Affairs for the Arkansas Economic Development Commission after his retirement from military service. Rob retired after serving as the Commander of the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard, the largest Air National Guard C-130 Wing in the U.S. The 189th provides all C-130H aircrew training for the U.S. Department of Defense and its allied nations, trains and equips forces for deployment in active duty service, and serves the citizens of Arkansas as the Governor’s Quick Reaction Force.

As Commander, Col. Ator was responsible for leading the Wing’s 14 subordinate units with over a thousand members, assets valued in excess of $2 billion and an annual operating budget of $70 million. During his command, the 189th opened the Cyber Skills Validation School to meet the new demand for cyber warrior training and the Wing twice earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Rob and his wife, Michelle, live in Little Rock while their son is a sophomore at the United States Air Force Academy and daughter a freshman at the University of Colorado.