By Fabricators,  for Fabricators



2022 Summer Meeting | August 7-8-9, 2022 | Milwaukee, WI

  • 07 Aug 2022
  • 6:00 PM (CDT)
  • 09 Aug 2022
  • 1:00 PM (CDT)
  • Saint Kate, The Arts Hotel |139 East Kilbourn Street | Milwaukee, WI 53202


  • Must be an employee from a CFA member company to qualify for a free attendance. CFA limits companies to having 2 company employees attend as a portion of their dues.

    Spouses and significant others as well as employees above 2 will be charged $175. We will invoice you.

    A cancellation / No Show fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled after 96 hours prior to the first scheduled event.
  • Sponsors are limited to 2 attendees.

    A cancellation / No Show fee of $175 will apply for any and all registrations cancelled after 96 hours prior to the first scheduled event.

Registration is closed

August 7-9, 2022

Saint Kate | The Arts Hotel
139 East Kilbourn
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Sunday, August 7, 2022

5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Special Evening reception (Optional)
Sponsored by Max Weiss

Join us at the Rock Bottom Brewery to share a drink and some camaraderie
740 N. Plankinton Avenue: Milwaukee, WI 53203

Monday, August 8, 2022

9:30 – 11:30 am
CFA Board of Directors Meeting 
Location: Deep Image Room

Noon – 2:00 pm
 (for committed members only)
Location: Simone 3 & 4

There is an additional Annual fee to participate in the Peer Group. Unless you have paid this fee, please do not sign up for this portion of the meeting. If you would like to join this group, please contact Julie Metsker,

Committed participants will receive a separate agenda and communication regarding the Peer Group session.

  • Committed companies can bring up to 2 participants
  • Lunch will be provided.
  • Please plan to attend the complete session until 2:00 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
General Session 
Location: Simone 1 & 2

You keep hearing the words Industry 4.0. If you are like a lot of us – it just sounds like more buzz words that you don’t need to know about and are tired of hearing.

Here is why you need to pay attention: Industry 4.0* is the biggest organizational disruptive force of our lifetimes.

We’ve asked Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO of Automation Alley and globally recognized expert in Industry 4.0 to come share his knowledge and help you better understand how this is impacting business as we know it. Key takeaways include: Why you should care; The Five Principles of Digital transformation; and case studies that highlight some of the incredible things Industry 4.0 can accomplish.

*Industry 4.0, conceptualizes rapid change to technology, industries, and societal patterns and processes in the 21st century due to increasing interconnectivity and smart automation. Coined popularly by the World Economic Forum Founder and Executive Chairman, Klaus Schwab, it asserts that the changes seen are more than just improvements to efficiency, but express a significant shift in industrial capitalism.

A part of this phase of industrial change is the joining of technologies like artificial intelligence, gene editing, to advanced robotics that blur the lines between the physical, digital, and biological worlds.


Training the Workforce of Tomorrow, Today

Presenter: Jason Scales, Director, Global Education, Lincoln Electric

This session will examine the current challenges related to accessing quality human capital needed in today’s manufacturing climate. Due to the revolution of Industry 4.0 and the paradigm shift that is happening in manufacturing, there is going to be a need for companies to examine how they attract and develop talented needed to stay productive and profitable.  Industrial companies such as Lincoln Electric, Snap-On and Festo are making considerable investments into education and training to help deal with the new “Skills Gap” that is more pervasive than ever before.  This interactive session will examine the current climate and discuss ways that companies are dealing with this issue.  Be prepared to have an interactive and thought-provoking conversation.

5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Sponsor Dinner & Reception
| Discovery World Science & Technology Center
500 N. Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Situated on Milwaukee’s lakefront, Discovery World is the perfect venue for our summer meeting. with incredible view of Lake Michigan, enjoy a magical night or camaraderie and networking. 
*Be sure to specify your meal choice when registering. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

8:00 am – 9:30 am
Fabricator Round Tables - Breakfast  
Location: Dada Corridor

These Roundtable discussions are for Fabricators only

9:30 am – 10:00 am
Large Group Discussion 

Contact CFA with any topics you would like to see discussed via


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