FIN-X '07 keynote presentation addresses decline of U.S. manufacturing

June 12, 2007

Management consultant, trainer, and author Michael P. Collins will address the decline of U.S. manufacturing when he presents the keynote address at the FIN-X '07 conference and expo for industrial finishers. The event is scheduled for Sept. 17 to 20 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Collins, author of the bookSaving American Manufacturing, plans to speak about finding new customers and markets, new products and channels of distribution, work force training, and developing a growth plan. His approaches to the issue include switching from defensive solutions—such as cost reduction—to offensive, customer-driven solutions. He expects to show how domestic manufacturers can thrive, citing examples of small and midsize companies that continue to grow despite globalization obstacles.

Collins' address is one of 25 educational sessions featuring more than 60 presentations at the FIN-X '07 technical conference. The FIN-X '07 expo, which begins Sept. 18, will feature more than 150 suppliers of products and services for the finishing industry.

The first 50 registrants for the full conference will receive a complimentary copy of Saving American Manufacturing. Registration is available at