Press Release

Thursday, November 5


AWB to Host 2015 Manufacturing Summit Nov. 12

OLYMPIA — Drones, 3D printers and wearable technology for athletes. Those are just a few of the technology advances that will shape the future of manufacturing and they are among the highlights of the agenda at the upcoming 2015 AWB Manufacturing Summit on Thursday, Nov. 12 at the Crowne Plaza SeaTac.

A panel on “The Next Generation of the Manufacturing Workforce” will feature a discussion of 3D printing from Spokane Valley Tech, plus Everett Community College’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project, and Washington State University’s Mars Rover Project.

In addition:

  • Presenting sponsor RSM will share the results of the 2015 Monitor Report, an annual look at middle market manufacturers and distributors, including predictions on sales increases for the coming year and hiring plans for the next 12 months;
  • AWB’s government affairs staff will look ahead to ways the 2016 Washington legislative session might impact manufacturers;
  • i1 Biometrics COO Ray Rhodes and Dustin Fink, Mt. Zion High School athletic trainer, will discuss the company’s groundbreaking “smart” mouth guard and how the ability to collect real-time data will shape the future of sports safety; and
  • Schilling Cider founders Colin Schilling, Ian Townson and Mark Kornei will discuss how they took their startup from the garage to a global business.

The event will culminate with the presentation of AWB’s 2015 Manufacturing Excellence Awards.


8:00 a.m
Welcome and introductions
8:15 a.m.
2015 Monitor Results, Wendy Sancewich, RSM
9 a.m.
The Next Generation of Manufacturing Workforce
  • Spokane Valley Tech -- 3D printer
  • Everett Community College -- AMTEC UAV Project
  • Washington State University -- Mars Rover Project
10 a.m
10:15 a.m.
Impact of 2016 Legislative Session on Manufacturing in Washington State
  • AWB Government Affairs Team
11:15 a.m.
The Future of Sports Safety
  • Ray Rhodes, COO i1 Biometrics
  • Dustin Fink, athletic trainer, Mt. Zion High School, Mt. Zion, Ill.
12:45 p.m.
Garage to Global: Featuring Schilling Cider, LLC
  • Mark Kornei, CFO
  • Ian Townson, COO
  • Colin Schilling, CEO
1:30 p.m.
2015 AWB Manufacturing Excellence Awards
2 p.m.
Crowne Plaza SeaTac, 17338 Interurban Blvd, Seattle WA
Thursday, Now. 12, 2015

About the Association of Washington Business
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit

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