By Fabricators,  for Fabricators



Upcoming events

    • 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

    August 7-9, 2022

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

    Tentative Schedule

    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 

    Noon – 2:00 pm
     (for committed members only)

    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 

    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.

    6:00 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  
    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

    • 10 Oct 2022
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • 11 Oct 2022
    • 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • The Union League Club | 65 W. Jackson Blvd. | Chicago, IL

    October 10-11, 2022

    The Union League Club
    65 W. Jackson
    Chicago, IL 60604

    Event details to come

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