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Fletcher Technical Community College, in partnership with Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEPOL) and the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI), will host a Composites and Manufacturing Summit on June 4.

“They [IACMI] did an event with the Colorado MEP, and it was very successful. We looked at the density of composite manufacturers in the state of Louisiana, the Houma area, and the New Orleans area which is the densest of the composites manufacturing industry,” explained MEPOL’s Marketing and Project Coordinator Kayla Gentry on how Fletcher came to host the workshop. “We knew Fletcher would be a great place to hold the event. They have been absolutely wonderful to work with.”

The summit — which will run from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. and be held in the main building on the College’s Schriever campus — will assemble leaders in the composite industry, as they will share their knowledge on the latest and greatest innovative technologies as well as general knowledge of the industry.

“Attendees will learn more about the benefits of materials like carbon fiber and other high-performance composites, 3D printing and workforce solutions from industry experts and manufacturers who have implemented these innovative technologies,” reads a press release by Fletcher.

Headlining speakers include James Jones, a technical support manager for Composites One — North America’s Leading composites distributor; Andrew Pokelwaldt, director of certification for the American Composites Manufactures Association; Dave Pierson, a senior design engineer for America Makes — a national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing; and Danny Norman, TMEP technical specialist at the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.

“If you are involved in the composite industry and in the manufacturing industry, this is definitely an event that you would be interested in,” Gentry said. “The speakers we have for the event are world-class speakers. They are the top in the composites industry. It's definitely something to come out and learn more about.”

Gentry added that besides the lectures, there will be scheduled networking breaks where attendees can visit exhibitor tables for the opportunity of having one-on-one engagements.

The free event, which is open to anyone wanting to learn about the composites and manufacturing industry, not just involved with it — can be registered through Fletcher’s website, fletcher.edu. Registration ends on May 31.

“Fletcher Technical Community College is pleased to host the Composites and Manufacturing Summit,” said Fletcher Chancellor Dr. Kristine Strickland in a statement released by Fletcher. “Fletcher is not only focused on educating and training the workforce of the future, but is also focused on how we can assist business and industry partners in strengthening their companies and preparing for future economies. The opportunity to host this summit is one way our College can give back to our business and industry partners who have been so supportive of the College and our students.”

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