Last Chance to 'Grind Gears' for a Whopping 2021 Resurgence

Registration ends October 18, 2020

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Monday, October 19, 2020 from 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM CDT
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Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
Northland Ballroom
7025 Northland Drive N.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

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Marni Hockenberg                                                612-720-7448

Minneapolis Marriott Northwest

Monday, October 19, 2020

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Registration/Networking
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Program, Audience Q & A
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Networking Reception
                             Hot appetizers and cash bar 

Panel Discussion: Last Chance to 'Grind Gears' for a Whopping 2021 Resurgence


The National Association of Manufacturers has released its third-quarter Manufacturer’s Outlook Survey. Manufacturing optimism has also rebounded to 66% since the second quarter of 2020, where it hit the worst reading since the Great Depression. The manufacturing economy has rebounded since the second quarter of 2020. In the latest quarterly Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey, conducted Aug. 14–28, 66.0% of respondents reported a positive outlook for their company in the third quarter up from 33.9% in the second quarter. As such, positive sentiment in the manufacturing sector has nearly doubled since May, rebounding from the worst reading since the Great Recession, even as challenges persist and the outlook remains below the historical average of 74.4%.  

 How have Minnesota manufacturing business owners and leaders been handling this and how are they preparing for a resurgence in 2021? Join us on October 19th as Gears & Gadgets hosts a panel of manufacturing executives who will provide us with insights and advice that can make a substantial positive impact in YOUR manufacturing company. We have hand-selected experts in critical functional areas such as supply chain, sales, marketing, and operations. Find out what your peers are doing to prepare for the upswing and how your company can use this important time as we close out the year.   

 This program will be held in a large ballroom which will accommodate  social distancing guidelines.

We will be videotaping the meeting, and it will be available for viewing for members who are unable to attend.

Panel Moderator:   
Peter Beaumont; Business Advisor; The Resultants

Heather Stewart ; Vice President of Operations; The Village Company 
Jonathan Kingsbury; VP of Sales & Marketing; Hydra-Flex
Nick Stoner; Integrator; SOS Manufacturing


To qualify for attendance at Gears & Gadgets, one must be a manufacturing business owner or manufacturing Executive. For this program we welcome manufacturing Executives who are in a job transition. This focused approach will enable Gears & Gadgets attendees to engage in conversations that directly pertain to industry issues within their respective manufacturing companies. 

Registration ends October 18, 2020.

Register Now!

*By registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In attending the event, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19, and waive, release, and discharge Midwest Manufacturing Executives: Gears & Gadgets, owner, sponsors, the host venue; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers from any and all liability under any theory, whether in negligence or otherwise, for any illness or injury.

Thank you to our generous sponsors for making this Gears & Gadgets event possible!














About Minnesota Manufacturing Executive & Gears & Gadgets 

Founded in 2012, Gears & Gadgets is an exclusive quarterly event for Minnesota Manufacturing Executives to discuss industry trends and develop synergistic connections. A typical event showcases a manufacturing industry speaker followed by a networking reception with hot appetizers and cash bar. Manufacturing business owners and executives are eligible to attend.

This program is 'by invitation only'. To receive invitations, contact the founder, Marni Hockenberg at or 612-720-7448