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Manufacturing summit set for Mississippi State

Mississippi manufacturing leaders will assemble next week at Mississippi State to assess the state’s manufacturing sector and kick around ways to grow it.

The third annual Manufacturing Summit is hosted by MSU’s Franklin Furniture Institute and the American Home Furnishings Alliance. It starts at 8:30 the morning of March 27 and runs through 4:30 that afternoon.

On the agenda will be ways to expand Mississippi manufacturing, which currently accounts for 12 percent of non-farm employment, according to state figures. MSU president Mark Keenum will open the event. Gov. Phil Bryant will deliver the keynote address.

The summit will include two panel discussions, one on possible collaborations between manufacturers and federal agencies meant to accelerate industry growth. The other will center on the implications of the Affordable Care Act.

Speakers include representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Appalachian Regional Commission, Delta Regional Authority, MSU faculty experts and leaders of the state’s manufacturing and furniture industries. The program will also touch on global manufacturing competitiveness, consumer buying attitudes and behavior, skilled labor shortages and industry regulations.

Registration is $99 for members of the American Home Furnishings Association and $139 for non-members.  Registration is available online at www.ffi.msstate.edu.

Sponsors of the event include CertiPUR-US, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association, the MSU Forest and Wildlife Research Center and the MSU Extension Service.

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