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Idaho State University College of Business to host annual Global Manufacturing Research Group meeting May 3-5

April 19, 2011
ISU Marketing and Communications

The Idaho State University College of Business will host the Global Manufacturing Research Group (GMRG) annual meeting from May 3-5.  

More than 30 operations and supply chain management scholars from 16 different countries are scheduled to attend.  The GMRG, a multi-national community dedicated to the study and improvement of global manufacturing and supply chains, holds its annual meetings in different cities around the world.  Last year it met in Hsinchu near Taipei Taiwan and this year selected Pocatello.

As part of the conference, participants will visit the Fort Hall Replica museum and enjoy a Dutch oven dinner.  Tickets for the dinner are $20 per person and the public is welcome to attend.  The Portneuf Muzzle Loaders will entertain the attendees with a demonstration of their vintage black-powder rifles and pistols. 

"These events will give the attendees a sense Idaho’s rich mountain man history and the cordial hospitality available in the 'Smile’ city'" said ISU professor Dennis Krumwiede. 

The GMRG conducts research to improve understanding of global manufacturing supply chains.  In annual meetings members share ideas and research results with the purpose of improving the link between research and practice.  The premier effort of the group is to conduct biannual surveys of global manufacturers.  The GMRG has completed four surveys, the last of which included the participation of more than 1,500 companies from 23 countries. 

GMRG surveys have provided data supporting the publication of numerous research publications in top-level journals and conferences in the field of operations management. 

Conference participants will also be introduced to Southeast Idaho manufacturing.  John Spicer, the local general manager for ON Semiconductor, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon on May 4.  Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is providing the group a tour to Experimental Breeder Reactor 1 (EBR-1) and Spudnik Inc.  

 For more information or to RSVP for the Dutch oven dinner contact Dennis Krumwiede at krumdenn@isu.edu or 208-282-3506.






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