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Forging Automation Conference & Plant Tour

This two-day conference and plant tour was specifically developed to give forgers a first-hand look into the latest developments in industrial automation and how robotics and automation can help forging companies increase productivity, lower costs, and improve workplace safety. The event includes a tour of the LIFT facility and a plant tour of Trenton Forging Company, which has recently installed an automated line in their facility.

August 20-21, 2024
Location: LIFT - 1400 Rose Parks Blvd., Detroit, MI 48216

About LIFT: 
LIFT is a nonprofit, public-private partnership between industry, academia and government which supports our nation's economy and enhances its national security by accelerating innovative advanced manufacturing technology and talent development.

Registration Fee:
     •   FIA Member - Conference: $850
     •   Non-Member - Conference: $1,050

Click here to download the conference agenda.

Registration Deadline:
The online registration deadline for this event is August 6, 2024. Registrations will not be accepted after this date. If you have questions about registration, or to submit a paper registration form, please contact Kathy Edwards at or call (216) 781-6260.

Featured Speaker: Jake Hall, The Manufacturing Millennial

Jake Hall is known as the Manufacturing Millennial. With over a decade of experience working with manufacturers, system integrators, and distributors in the manufacturing and automation industry, he understands the importance of advocating smart automation, robotics, and skilled trades. But more importantly, he recognizes the need and demand for companies and organizations to begin attracting and mentoring the future skilled workforce of upcoming generations.

With Jake's personal brand, the "Manufacturing Millennial," he has created an audience of 75,000+ followers with over 100 million views on social media. But Jake's advocacy doesn't stop online; he is an active keynote speaker giving over 40 presentations discussing the future of our industry and how it needs to change through technology, culture, and workforce.

When Jake isn't advocating manufacturing, you'll find him watching the Chicago Cubs, smoking BBQ, fishing, or building LEGO with his two daughters.

Plant Tour:

Trenton Forging Company
5523 Hoover Street
Trenton, MI 48183

Trenton Forging is a leader in innovative impression die forging services, aligning our advanced capabilities with your products unique needs and specifications to ensure total satisfaction. Our commitment to quality is underpinned by a wealth of experience and expertise in a diverse array of materials, including steel, stainless steel, and various steel alloys. This versatility enables us to reliably tackle projects of varying complexities, ensuring that each product we forge exceeds your expectations for durability and performance. Leveraging state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge forging techniques, we directly manage every stage of the process, from design conception to final inspection.

Please note:
The plant tour facility reserves the right to refuse admittance to their facility. The facility will have the opportunity to review the list of attendees prior to the event. If the company decides that someone on the list is not permitted to participate in the tour, the facility will inform FIA. The FIA staff will then contact the attendee to let them know that they may not attend the tour.

Suggested Hotels:
(No room block reserved)

The Westin Book Cadillac
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 442-1600

Hilton Garden Inn
351 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 967-0900

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations will be permitted until August 6, 2024 and will be refunded in full. After August 6, 2024 no refunds will be given, but substitutions are allowed if submitted to the FIA in writing.

Please Note:
No registration is final until accepted by FIA. FIA reserves the right to refuse registration/attendance to any person. Any registration that is not accepted by the FIA will be refunded in full.


8/20/2024 10:00 AM - 8/21/2024 4:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time
1400 Rosa Parks Blvd Detroit, MI 48216 UNITED STATES