Hand Tools Institute to hold meeting for tool company executives in Chicago

The Hand Tools Institute (HTI), a trade association of leading North American hand tool manufacturers, is holding its next meeting on October 2-3, in Chicago. Over 60 hand tool manufacturing company executives are expected to attend educational sessions focused on tool manufacturing company issues.

The topics to be covered include:

The Internet of Things

Beverly Macy, Author, CEO Gravity Summit, UCLA Social Media Instructor, will discuss the Internet of Things which may be the biggest tech market opportunity of the 21st Century. Independent analysis and major industry leaders have valued the opportunities of this next generation of the internet at $19 trillion. 

3D Printing Technologies And How To Apply Them To Save Time and Cost

Jim Bednar, Business Development Manager, Rapid Prototype & Manufacturing, LLC will present solutions that enable businesses to go from an idea or concept to production within days and sometimes even hours.

Proposition 65 Update

Dr. Chris Mackay, Chemist and Toxicologist with AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Inc. has extensive experience in supporting commercial clients in both state actions and “failure to warn” litigations initiated under the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65)

NLRB/EEOC Developments and Employment Compliance Issues

Richard H. Chapman, CLARK HILL PLC, Chicago, IL will report on the latest NLRB, EEOC and employment practice rulings that will impact hand tool companies.

Hand Tool Industry and General Economic Outlook for 2015

Dr. Ken Mayland, Economist, Clearview Economics, has spent 40 years studying the business cycle and providing economic analysis for his clients and for the hand tool industry in particular for the last 15 years.

Hand Tool Market Trends

Executives from leading hand tool manufacturing companies will present their views on the outlook for Consumer, Automotive, Industrial, International and E-Channel market channels.