Webster Resident Selected for National Workforce Panel

Josh Dennie will discuss recruitment and retention in manufacturing

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Josh Dennie of Webster has been selected to participate in a national workforce panel designed to enhance recruitment and retention of quality employees in manufacturing. Dennie, a 2007 alumnus of Rochester Institute of Technology, currently serves as production control manager at Optimax Systems Inc. in Ontario, N.Y.

“Building the Workforce of the Future” will focus on innovative training education and publicity opportunities to assist manufacturers in recruiting top talent, while also addressing current competitiveness challenges affecting the sector.

The panel is sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America and will be the keynote presentation at the organization’s 2009 ProMat trade show and conference to be held Jan. 12-15 in Chicago. Television news journalist Forest Sawyer will serve as moderator.

“I am extremely proud to be selected to participate in this important panel,” says Dennie. “It is my hope the information exchange conducted through this effort and the ProMat conference as a whole will greatly expand workforce improvement initiatives and assist the manufacturing industry in becoming more competitive.”

Dennie was selected for the panel due to his knowledge in disruptive demographics, where demographic shifts in population hurt workforce recruitment and retention. He was nominated by Andres Carrano, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at RIT.

“I have always been very impressed with Josh’s engineering expertise and understanding of the manufacturing issues we currently face,” says Carrano. “I thought he would bring interesting insights to the workforce panel both from his experience as a manufacturing manager and due to his work in disruptive demographics.”

The Material Handling Industry of America is the leading material handling and logistics trade association in the nation. Its ProMat conference is attended by over 800 material handling and logistics providers and offers over 100 technical and education sessions in best practices, technology development and trend analysis.