Founded in 2021, Manufacturers Connect is an exclusive event where members discuss current trends, strategic insights, and best practices in manufacturing, outsourcing, capacity management, and quality assurance with like-minded individuals.


Manufacturers Connect held its third event in October at Golden Valley Country Club. The topic was the current state of the economy and the effect on manufacturers. The Manufacturers Connect event featured a star panel of manufacturing industry leaders speaking on a variety of relevant topics and sharing how their businesses are navigating the changing business landscape.

The key takeaways included how our panelists dealt with the following challenges over the last two years:

  • Inflation
  • Hiring and retaining employees
  • Sales and Distribution Channels
  • Marketing strategy
  • Technology Advances
  • Supply Chain Challenges

The next event that we will be hosting will take place in the beginning of 2023 at the Golden Valley Country Club. This event will feature a discussion about the outlook for manufacturing in Minnesota in 2023. Please ensure that you are following us across all of our social media platforms so that you are aware of our upcoming event.


APRIL 20TH, 2023


Are you looking to stay ahead of the curve in the manufacturing industry? Then join us at Manufacturers Connect on April 20th, 2023 at Golden Valley Country Club for a day of learning and networking. Our event will focus on Robotics and Automation in Manufacturing, and how they are transforming the industry.

  • Robotics and automation can help improve production efficiency and reduce errors.
  • Robotic systems require less human labor, allowing businesses to save time and money.
  • Automation enables machines to make decisions previously made by humans, leading to faster decision making.
  • Robotics and automation can reduce safety risks in the workplace by providing greater control over hazardous situations.
  • Implementing robotics and automation can give businesses a competitive advantage over their competitors.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from experts in the field, as well as connect with other professionals who share your interests. Don’t miss out on this chance to get up-to-date information about robotics and automation in manufacturing that you can use to take your business to the next level.

Register now at Manufacturers Connect and join us for an exciting day of learning and networking!

When: April 20, 3:00-6:00 pm CT
Where: Golden Valley Country Club
Who: Executives from manufacturing companies – No vendors or sellers

3:00 – 3:25PM  Check-In and Networking
3:25 – 3:45PM  Introduction and Table Discussions
3:45 – 4:45PM  Peter Rogers – President of Central McGowan Automation
4:45 – 6:00PM  Networking/Happy Hour


Pete Rogers

Pete Rogers, the President of Central McGowan Automation joined the team in 2019. As the division’s leader, he oversees the sales, service, integration, controls, fabrication, machining, and assembly of robotic solutions for its customers. Rogers possesses a strong mix of technical and leadership skills, having spent his entire 18-year career in FANUC robotic integration. Rogers sees tremendous growth potential based on current and future labor, worker safety and inspection trends; and believes automation to be the solution for helping customers improve productivity, boost quality and efficiency, labor shortage issues, increase safety, and improve satisfaction and ROI.

Why should you attend?

Generate New Ideas

What technology and digital solution could enhance your company operations – use the conference to hear new ideas.

Build Your Personal Network

Meet other like-minded professionals and build your own network of contacts.

Take Advantage of Expertise and Experience

Speak to and hear from a mix of professionals from both service providers, solutions providers, and industry operators.